At 5/7/11 06:03 AM, PillGeneral wrote:
it's nice to meet you as well, I look forward to you critiquing my work (I actually enjoy people caring enough to give me input negative or positive) and I really appreciate the tips I will definitely keep them in mind. If you have any work I would love to check it out give some feedback etc. If you are interested, I did recently write a script and I am interested in feedback.
One other piece of advice: mind your expectations. I know you want to be "known," and I'm sure you're looking forward to having people pour over your work, but that is definitely not going to be the case. Over time you must prove your value as a writer, but displaying humility, quality work, and intelligence; skill within the craft perhaps the most important of all.
I doubt you'll ever be "known," but if you would like to at the very least be considered a regular, you should participate in the Weekly Writing exercises (to resume shortly), the Monthly Writing Contest (as participant and judge), spend the time to critique as much work as possible, and create your own work's thread and link it in your signature. Optionally, updating the lounge with interesting articles, tools, etc., will ensure you garner a coveted position as a "regular" to the forum. If you're just looking for renown based solely on the magnificent quality of your work, one of two things will happen: 1) you'll find your work really isn't that great at all, 2) even if you post arguably the best piece of literature the world has seen, nobody will care. 98% of the users in this forum are just posting for attention. You can join them, or you can join the regulars and actually work to build a great writing community.
Joseph Campbell -- The Power of Myth
I've been watching the six-part series based on Joseph Campbell's work on the monomyth, and story telling in general, and it's awesome! I highly recommend it if you're the type to get into the minutiae of this craft. Campbell is such an interesting person, and his interpretation of life and story telling are equally compelling.
If you're not familiar with Joseph Campbell, you can check out the wikipedia page on him. His book, A Hero with a Thousand Faces, as well as his consultation, was used to great effect by George Lucas in the creation of Star Wars. Many writers rely on his principles of the monomyth to build plots for their stories. If ever there were a formula for writing, I think Campbell's ideas would be the only thing that comes close to it.