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    New Script writer desp needs help.. please read!!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by leanda, Jun 14, 2009.

    Hello

    My name is Leanda. Im am new to this site.
    I am just embarking on my first script. It is an idea I have had for years now.
    The problem I have is that I know nothing at all about script writing.
    I have wrote and published my own book. But not script writing, which I thought was the same thing... how wrong I was
    I have been looking at scripts on the internet and they are full of terms that I just dont understand like ... "break" .. fade in / out "
    Please can some one tell me what these mean, and how and when I need to use them..
    Also do I need to introduce the characters at the beginning of the script ?
    Im sorry to be so dumb and stupid.. but I would be so appreciative if some one could give me some help and also if anyone knows of any really good resources on the internet that could help me with the basics !!!!:
    :(

    Many thanks
     
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    Don't worry if you're new at something leanda, this is a great place to learn. Unfortunately I know next to nothing about scriptwriting. :eek: Try looking down at the review room where you can find the script section. I'm sure there's lots of helpful info there. Welcome aboard. :)
     
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    i mentor many aspiring screenwriters, so if you want to learn the craft, email me any time... i can send you a format guide, glossary of terms, a 'tools of the trade' list and lots of tips on all aspects of writing scripts, as well as teach you how to do it, if you want a tutor...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     
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    Thank you to Mamamia I would appreciate that very much ,, I will email you now...just what I have been looking for
    Many Thanks
     
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    Thank you Sonshine for your words of encouragement and support .
    I may be messaging you soon... if that's ok

    Thanks x
     
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    You are very welcome leanda! I would be overjoyed to have you message me. Just keep in mind I write mostly song lyrics, with some poems and shorts on the side. :)
     
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    Hello Leanda, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     

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