I posted the scenes for two reasons...
- Let's face it, as writers we never really get to see a proper first (vomit) draft other than our own. Writers are very precious about letting other people seer their work until it has been rewritten a million times and proof read at least once by the grammar Nazis. I thought I'd be different and allow my fellow writers a chance to see how another writer works and what my raw first drafts look like - purely for educational purposes. Some called it brave! Some called it foolish! Some just didn't get it!
- Primarily I wanted to see if the scenes worked, if they were enough of a hook for the reader to want to know more.
- My spelling errors to be pointed out.
- To be pulled up on format.
- To be criticised on pace.
- For fellow writers to argue with each other over whether these issues should have been pointed out in the first place.
- A director to read it and then request to read the rest of the screenplay.
- For people to be drawn into Dexter's story and want to know more.
- As writers it's easy to get hung up on format, pace, spelling and grammar (all of which are important) and forget that we are first and foremost story tellers. If we focus too much on these 'rules' our stories can suffer, their originality diluted or even lost - our work can become formulaic and dull. Be aware of the 'rules' but also be happy to break them if you think your story will benefit.
- Everybody has an opinion, most of them different, and these opinions can lead to personal attacks when people think others are attacking their validity.
- Some people get very angry if their opinions aren't listened to, are ridiculed or even attacked.
- We're writers. We're a community. We should be supportive of each other while being prepared to offer constructive criticism when asked. Under no circumstances should we be attacking each other. We should be united and supportive...always!
- Write the story you want to write. You can listen to others' opinions but never forget this is your story and you should never let anyone dictate how you write it... unless they're paying you, or it was their idea in the first place, even then you can negotiate.
- Opportunities can come from anywhere, you just need to make them happen.
Remember - play nice!