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    Filmmaker trying to get back into writing.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jamiemuir89, Jun 3, 2012.

    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and thought joining would be a great way to find out whether my writing is worthy or not.
    At school I used to dabble in creative writing and had some praise but I have never been too confident. I thought this site would be great to have some of my latest work read and critiqued by some more experienced writers on the forum but I have come to realise I cannot post original work unless I have critiqued two posts myself and waited two weeks. I am more than happy to do this though i'm not sure I am really qualified to do so. I just wanted someone's opinion on whether my work is as interesting as I feel it is? It is so difficult to evaluate your own work, I need some fresh savvy eyes. Is it worth me carrying on or should i stick to photography/cinematography.

    Any suggestions?

    All the best,
    Jamie
     
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    Learn by doing. That is the whole point of the Writing Workshop, which is not primarily about getting critiques. Learning to give effective critique is the skill you need to develop.
     
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Out of curiosity, if you feel comfortable with the question, what films have you worked on?
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Jamie!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    Banzai
     
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    Thanks one and all!
    I would like to be a part of this community so I will try to adjust.

    Regarding your question lightman: I graduated from film school last year and since have worked primarily in documentary, music videos and corporate films.
    The road is tough but I am still on my path to become a cinematographer. I still have short films in festivals and one stop motion animation I photographed has won a few awards and been nominated. Although I have developed my craft in photography I'm not sure I have found my place quite yet. As I start to write again I am beginning to realise maybe my direction has been slightly misguided. With writing - It is as if I have been reunited with an old friend. I am a relatively thoughtful person that enjoys challenging notions, adventure and philosophy and think writing could be an outlet for this.

    Through university It was difficult filming scripts that i didn't believe in and being totally underwhelmed by narratives. I have now decided to find my own voice, one that i hope to be inspiring, emotional and entertaining. We will see.
     

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