Welcome to my new Writer's Room. It starts here, links to my Face Book writer's page and if you want to upload your stories here, we'll link that to where ever you want.
The idea is to create a place where writers -- and me -- can have a place to exercise before they take on the grind of staring at THE BIG WHITE SCREEN OF DEATH... which is to say the metaphorical blank page.
The idea is to have some fun with writing because it’s actually harder than you might imagine and MUCH harder than writers think it should be. We’re going to post pieces (mine and yours) and we'll bash about movies and television shows.
I’m just a lowly screenwriting hack so don’t expect me to dive down the rabbit hole of the Great American Novel — but we got lurkers on my page that are really literate so be careful if you’re taking shots at Dorothy Parker, she’s really popular around here.
Not many rules in The Room. I’m not especially interested in political rants — you got your own web sites or Face Book for that. Also not interested in language bombs for punctuation — we’re writers, we can do better; no problem at all with colorful language in your authored pieces, but when you're expressing yourself as a writer -- not a character -- step it up to discussion levels standards. If you have a project, event, showing, premier — whatever — YOU GOTTA POST THAT, plus which we’re gonna want some inside scoop.
I’ll be posting drivel with some weak and feeble storylines, feel free to jump in or post similar ilk, subject to our evolving tastes. My only requirement is that it has to be YOUR writing — not a reposted funny image with text from somewhere else. Be funny, be poignant, but be you.
It has been nearly my universal experience that people who think they can write, can’t — or at least shouldn’t. People who think they can’t write, should — or at least more. And those who do write live in mortal fear it will all escape them someday — and that day starts in about twenty minutes with that big, empty, white screen glaring back. Thus runs the continuum of neurosis we call writing, a disease you will not die of, but most certainly with.
The digital age has done writing no favors, encouraging emoticons as punctuation, abbreviations as full thoughts and the immediacy of reply triumphant over the reason and insight of measured response. More isn’t better; better is better.
In fairness, however, this digital blizzard has given knuckleheads like me, an opportunity traditional barriers to entry would have foreclosed. I backed into screenwriting through chance and circumstance and while it has been a frenzied ten-year ride of highs and lows, it has been tremendously fun, wildly entertaining and enormously fulfilling.
I wish the same for anyone chasing their passion, no matter what it is. You gotta find it; you gotta chase it; you gotta never give up on it. And it doesn’t matter what it is… go now… run fast… the clock is ticking. Backwards!
I’m not really sure how to get the word out about this page — FB is buzzword and jargon-heavy, little light on the execution of “now what do I do?” So if you wind up getting nailed a couple of times with notice of this page, it’s mostly pilot error — so, my bad.
Meanwhile… chase your passion, it’s why you’re here. I'll go dream up something using small words and short sentences to match my attention span.