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I am aware that there are some keen writers on this board and I thought it might be quite nice to share tips, encourage, motivate and maybe even discuss potential ideas.

I write film articles on a regular basis and have also written three feature length film screenplays (none of which I've ever been motivated to try and promote.) I also like writing songs and film treatments.

Today I applied for a grant to try and write a book for the pocket essentials film guides and it would be great if this worked out as it has always been a dream of mine to walk into a store and see my work on the shelves (even if it is in a discount store at a heavily reduced price lol).

Anyway people feel free to share anything they like in relation to the world of writing.
 

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I think a board for writing would be great. I'd for one would visit it frequently.

And, 3 screenplays? That's pretty cool. Why not promote at least one of them? Re-read them and such and see which one is your better one. Or you can always post summaries on here to see which one people would rather watch, and go from there.

That's my 2 cents. =D
 

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Thanks and yes I should promote at least one of them but my problem is as soon as I finish the creative aspect of a project I immediately start getting excited about a new one. So for example I am currently planning a collaborative book about film even though I should be working on tidying up my screenplay.

How about yourself? Do you write at all?
 

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Why would you need a grant to write a book? Don't you already have a pc and the internet?

But saying that, the government gives out money for anything nowadays so you'll probably get it as they like to piss about money.


But yes, I kind of write, I get free blu-rays for hd digest for reviews and some other stuff in the past, but since neutral journalism is dead(especially as I prefer sports) and it doesn't pay that well anymore, I have no real interest in doing it properly.
 

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Why would you need a grant to write a book? Don't you already have a pc and the internet?

But saying that, the government gives out money for anything nowadays so you'll probably get it as they like to piss about money.


But yes, I kind of write, I get free blu-rays for hd digest for reviews and some other stuff in the past, but since neutral journalism is dead(especially as I prefer sports) and it doesn't pay that well anymore, I have no real interest in doing it properly.
Well it would be nice to be paid to do something I love and it is easier to sell with the backing of a publisher. I can and probably will just end up self-publishing my own work but this process will be a lot harder.

Your blu-ray gig sounds cool. I don't get paid very well for my articles either but I will continue to write them out of enjoyment.
 

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I'm currently working on two different full length scripts, plus a couple shorts that I finished and 4 more in outline form. Had to put it on the shelf due to increasing college workload. Being a duel History and Film major is a kick in the ass.
 

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I've written a feature film, a few different television show episodes, and a few radio dramas...none of which I hold out much hope for! :p
 

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Sounds good guys. May I ask what your screenplays were about.

My first screenplay written when I was 16 was about a teacher who is desperate to be an award winning novelist. His actual work has no substance though and is just all about a fantasty life where teachers are seen as rock gods and he gets to sleep with loads of women. One day he wakes up and he is suddenly in this fantasy world but he has forgotten that he is collaborating on the book with his brother who ends up turning the story into a tragedy.

I thought it was genius when I first wrote it but in hindsight it really wasn't that great.

My second feature screenplay was required for third year of uni. It was about a group of friends who stumble across a murder whilst out cycling in isolated countryside. It had some strong set-pieces but charactetr-wise was a little forced and generic.

My recent screenplay was about some friends who bury a time capsule and return ten years later to discover that a girl they bullied is planning a deadly revenge. It had some good set-pieces but a lot of it is very contrived and illogical.

I have yet to promote any of tbem but need to get cracking pronto.
 

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I'll tell you what my most recnet one was about, because I thought it was awesome :p

It was an adaptation of the Mr.Men book, 'Mr. Good' and it was basically about a guy who was all good, freindly etc. He got relocated to a big city where people didn't take kindly to his friendlyness and saw it as the dude being strange. He met a girl as you do in most films/tv. But ultimately Mr.Good accidently ended up killing a guy by accident. He's fighting with himself as he obviously feels terrible. It's ultimately a short film about if the new location can change Mr.Good, can he overcome things.

In his mind his previous life was 'perfect' as was everyone around him, he lived in his personal utopia and it's all about how an environment can change a person into someone they didn't think they were capeable of being.
 

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I'm still trying to come up with an original idea for a screenplay or novel.

Derivative ideas are ok, and I have plenty of those, as you can execute the idea in an original way, but the execution has eluded me so far.

Need more brainstorming...
 

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The very first screenplay that I ever written was a cult/.... revenge exploitation film.

I have a comedy, a revenge tale set in the rural midwest, a gritty urban thriller and a road/crime thriller based out of Mexico. A couple in the outline stages are about an aging porn star which influenced by the films of David Lynch and Robert Altman, and a western.
 

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I'll tell you what my most recnet one was about, because I thought it was awesome :p

It was an adaptation of the Mr.Men book, 'Mr. Good' and it was basically about a guy who was all good, freindly etc. He got relocated to a big city where people didn't take kindly to his friendlyness and saw it as the dude being strange. He met a girl as you do in most films/tv. But ultimately Mr.Good accidently ended up killing a guy by accident. He's fighting with himself as he obviously feels terrible. It's ultimately a short film about if the new location can change Mr.Good, can he overcome things.

In his mind his previous life was 'perfect' as was everyone around him, he lived in his personal utopia and it's all about how an environment can change a person into someone they didn't think they were capeable of being.
Concept sounds intriguing, how long did it take to write?
 

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Does anyone use music as inspiration while writing? Music is big for me while I write. For some reason, it helps me establish mood and all that in my head while writing. For example, Jerry Cantrell's Degradation Trip was a huge influence while writing my novel (of the same title) which I've been re-writing for 5 years now.

The novel is so massive that it kind of scares me. It's basically a template of casting off my demons which stink of pills, booze, sex and other unmentionables. This is my personal opus. Hopefully I can finish it and see what I can do with it.
 

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I used to write, a lot. I used to write on forums for music in their 'Open Mic' sections and I think that is a great, great way to grow as a writer but you find yourself writing just to appease the people on that forum, so it grew tiresome so quickly.

I'd love to get back into it but don't have the patience anymore, anybody else have this problem??
 

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i've had some short stories, poetry, stuff like that published in various places. i've only been actively pursuing stuff like that for about 7 or 8 months now, but i've had pretty good success in that respect. i finished the first draft of my novel about two months ago, and i've been editing it, and i'm now on the third draft. i've got a decent mind of some publishers i want to send it to, and hopefully i'll see something back for it. if not, oh well, it was fun to write.
 

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@ New Blood - For anything creative I not only use music but pictures as well. When I was writing a horror scene in a crop field I put on some chilling, dark music and googled a picture of some large crops whilst I wrote. I found this extremely helpful especially for a film screenplay where certain details and movement are very important.

Congrads to both yourself and Rawlin for completing drafts of a novel. I've never been inspired to write one although I am currently planning a collaborative book idea which is going to focus on various world records associated with film.
 
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