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smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 8:15 PM

GENRES

So I was wondering, if you were to write a screenplay, what genre would it be in? Personally I would choose either horror or sci-fi, in fact I have an idea for one sitting on my computer that combines them both!! What are your preferred genres??

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 9:57 PM

So that's how it's going to be, Jeremy? We're really going to do this - screenplay talk? Okay - I like a good scary one as well. Something like Mousetrap - remember that one? So well done. I have a lot of scary dreams so I will have to start keeping pen and paper by the bed to take notes. No gratuitous sex or gore in mine though. And no stupid chicks - that has been done and is so boring and really too unbelievable. I would love to read some of what you've written, Jeremy!

By the way, member #3, I am still waiting for a pm with your address so I can send your winnings! I'm not a stalker, so don't worry - I have sent stuff to David,Chick, Easy, Dynemite and a couple others.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 10:02 PM

Remember the movies "Memento" and "Identity"? I would love to be able to write something like that. I had a scary dream the other night that I had to choose to be with Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp. I didn't even know I liked Brad Pitt, but I had to give him the edge because Johnny Depp's mother was a real bitch. Anyway, the scary part is that I woke up before I made out with either of them! The horror!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 10:35 PM

Lol- the horror!! I thought the winnings thing was a joke, so I didn't pm you, if it isn't I will do so here shortly. I haven't actually written a screenplay. I have ideas all the time...I used to jot them down on my computer for a later date, until I didn't back them up and lost them all!! I really only have one idea sitting on my computer right now, but I have them all the time and am sure it won't be long until I think of some more. I really have no plans of getting too serious about it until I graduate college, because until then I'm sure I won't have the time to seriously write, even though I love doing it.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 11:58 PM

I am totally serious about the prizes. You may not appreciate all of them but some are sure to be good for a laugh! Wow - in college - you must be a good bit younger than most of us here. You seem so mature. Anyway - yes, pm me with the address - I am actually going to be sending some things off tomorrow so if you could do that tonight - would be great. Otherwise you may have to wait a little longer for your valuable goodies!

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Fri, 9th Jan '09 2:11 PM

A horror would be good

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 8:08 AM

"There is nothing wrong with your television set...."

Hi! Knerd accidentally opened a portal through which I leapt, and here I am.

I agree, Memento was incredible.

Brad Pitt in your dreams. I would be screaming with terror.
Just saw Strange Case of Benjamin Button last night. Have ya'll seen that? It was a bit distressing in that I'm a hurricane Katrina survivor...but incredible symbolism and WOW, Brad Pitt in his eighties. We can see he's not going to age that well. Not like Paul Newman who just got better and better looking.

Ah...if anyone is interested, there is what is called a Script Frenzy happening in April, on line. Let me know I'll tell ya about it. I haven't done it myself. I did a novel writing frenzy last Nov. Had a blast.

Is there a new Star Trek coming out? Thought I heard they are doing a pre-quel?

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 5:42 PM

Wow, great, another new writer! Welcome Godwit!!! Glad 2 have you here! Memento was great, I hadn't seen that movie in so long I had actually forgotten about it! No, I haven't seen Benjamin Button.....it was good then? What is a script frenzy? There is a new Star trek coming out, the only reason I know about that is because the actor from Harold and Kumar John Cho is playing Sulu. Looking forward to learning more about you and your writing....



godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 2:05 PM

Hi ya. The Script Frenzy is a way kool on line way to get going and get something written. We say we don't have time and then it's ten and 15 years later and we still don't have time. Ya gotta just do it, the Script Frenzy says....so you join, you get a page, and some fun stuff, there are hundreds of other script writers from around the world--you get "keep going" email...then you spend the entire Script Frenzy just writing your butt off. All rough draft--the point is just get it out of your head and onto paper.

Go to NaNoWriMo.org and check it out. It's completely insane, impossible, can't be done, and you CAN do it. It's free, too.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 2:15 PM

I took a fiction writing class from a guy who a thousand years later won a Pulitzer for his story. Maybe Amastad, or something about a slave ship.

At the time he was just starting out teaching and I was poking around into writing classes at a writing center we had in town. He told me my characters sucked, they weren't believable, what they DID wasn't believable, and that my dialogue was fantastic.

I guess a thicker-skinned person would have jumped right into a script writing class...to take advantage of my "fantastic" ability with dialogue...but instead I never took a fiction writing anything again. Sigh. I still have the terrible character who says fantastic things, story. All I remember is I made her a strange chick wearing purple with a nose ring, I think--but she's super tuned in to everyone on the bus she gets on. She really gets what people about. Though they don't get her. (probably because she sucks as a character??? lol).

In fact I have decades of "I don't have time" files of stories. So don't tell yourself that! NaNoWriMo is to help us get past all those excuses (even the valid ones) and get something written. It's a blast.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 12:12 AM

Thanks for all the info, Godwit! You are a most welcome addition to our little group. By the way, I really like the story idea of the purple haired chick on the bus - I think you should definitely write that one. And I would think that writing interesting and believable dialogue would be the hardest part to write! So you are ahead of the game!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 7:42 PM

Wow, neat professor! What college did you go to? Too bad it affected you that way. Here's a link to the writing help Godwit spoke of, in case anyone other than me is interested in it: http://www.nanowrimo.org/ . Sounds really neat....part of my problem isn't that I don't have the time of course, its just not a really a huge priority with the time I do have. I'm going to poke my nose around a bit...maybe I'll try it out. You have any tips when it comes to dialogue? lol. I'd love to hear it!

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 2:27 AM

I went to the University of Iowa which has a killer Writer's Workshop and then in the summer they have a writing thingie--well worth going to if you are in the neighborhood (though WHO is ever just meandering through Iowa for the heck of it?). I was not in the writer's program though I was in the research PhD track. Ivory tower. I did attend a couple of the workshop classes.

But the class I was talking about was in Minneapolis. After New York and California, Minneapolis has the best writer's community. (unless you have different thoughts on that?). It's stellar really. MN produces a lot of writers and artists (like Bob Dylan and Garrison Keilor. Maybe it's the long winter stuck indoors?). Mpls has a place called The Loft where they just give classes and lectures, and awards. That's where I met the dread "your character sucks" teacher. I need to remember his name for you. I think he wrote the script for Amistad. Let me go check right now...

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 2:39 AM

Nope...now I need to find out what I'm talking about, and his name.

In the meanwhile! Let me know when you've had a minute to scope out NaNoWriMo.org
Specifically Script Frenzy.

Stoutlad--You in college doing what? Where? For why?
Inquiring minds want to know.

And then...Knerd thanks for being who you are. It's always nice to see you pop up here and there.

What about the rest of the new folks? Are you writers? Want to?

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 6:20 AM

And well done David on being....hmmm....being called David

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 5th Feb '09 6:15 PM

To answer your question Godwit, I'm at Colorado Technical University about a year away from a Bachelors in Accounting. I'd love to be a writer personally, though I think I'd prefer just straight books. If one of them became a movie or whatever, I couldn't say I'd complain about it!!

nhlfan
Nhlfan  (Level: 102.4 - Posts: 18)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 12:24 PM

I'm a copywriter. Well...I used to be. No, wait...I still am. Sometimes. I've written some children's stories and am working on an idea for some creative non-fiction. I have an idea for a mystery set in the late 1930s as well that could be a screenplay or a book. Or both.

There is a great resource for writers here in Minneapolis called "The Loft." I'm wondering if anybody outside of the Upper Midwest is familiar with this organization.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 12:52 PM

Hey Jean, and welcome to the group! We are so glad that you joined and appreciate your input. I am probably the only non writer in this group - I'm the cheerleader/mascot - so someone else will have to answer your question about writing support. You should check out the script frenzy that Godwit has mentioned!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 17th Feb '09 11:44 PM

Hey jean, sorry I've been away....no I've never heard of it. Feel free to share. You mean you've written children's books already?? Published? As an aside, that's my other favorite genre the mystery genre...love to hear your thoughts on your book. Welcome to the group!!


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