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    Hey everyone, newcomer from the UK here!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by external45, Apr 20, 2012.

    Hi guys and girls,

    I'm a 24-year-old guy from the south of England looking to explore various creative avenues - I've been writing for a long time but until recently it was mostly journalism-type stuff, and I'm now looking to move into the more artistic sphere. Unlike most writers I'm actually not a big reader - I'm hugely into film and television, and any other visual medium really, everything from web serials to animation. Genre-wise I'll more or less watch anything, although I'm attracted to stories that have a fantasy or non-realist element. I more or less worship the ground Joss Whedon walks on and have seen pretty much all the major stuff he's done (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr Horrible, Cabin in the Woods); I was a huge LOST geek for six years like many others; and recently I'm getting more and more into a number of new shows, mostly US shows despite my living in the UK.

    I'm looking to write screenplays, scripts, and other materials that can be converted into screen format - currently working with a partner on my first screenplay at the moment. I'm more or less here just to connect with some fellow writers, learn a bit more about myself as a writer and creative spirit, and help out the community in any way I might be able to. Looking forward to finding my way around! :)

    I'm not sure if it's customary to give any more info than this in an introduction around here, but hey, if anyone wants more info, feel free to PM and ask! Always happy to hear from new people with whom I have things in common. :)

    Thanks guys!
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forums.

    A word to the wise - You say you are writing a screenplay with a partner. Do you have a written contract?

    Remember the wise words of a famous movie mogul (I forget which one) 'A verbal contrct is not worth the value of the paper it is written on';)
     
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    Hi Trilby, thanks for the reply.

    Actually we don't have a written contract - I hadn't really thought about bringing it up as we've only been writing for a few months and we're longtime friends from university, but perhaps I should address the issue? Is there a standard procedure for something like that? Any advice would be appreciated!

    These are the things you don't think about until you join a forum - I think I'm going to find it very useful being here :)
     
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    mammamia is one one to get in touch with, she knows more about it - I just know it is advisable to have one. I work alone so have not needed to find out about them.

    good luck.
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, external45!

    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 and Cogito) 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.


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