This is probably something that a lot of you do anyway, but because of the difficulties brought up by copying and pasting something directly from a file to a forum post (paragraphing, losing italics, etc.), I quite often make a 'real copy' and a 'Newgrounds copy', the latter of which has double-spacing and HTML tags. It's understandable that creating a 'Newgrounds copy' of pre-existing material is a bit of a chore, and even more so with longer works like IFUN brought up, but this is just a suggestion of something I've found useful before.
Additionally, I quite often don't bother with a 'real copy' at all if the thing is intended for Newgrounds, in response to something on Newgrounds, like this post. If I had the original with me now, I'd post a screenshot. You get the idea without it though. For the purposes of this forum as of right now, I'm usually going through both.
At 1/28/10 11:56 PM, fli wrote:
After reading a few scripts, I can say that reading a script on Newgrounds SUCKS. The colors are just tweaking the hell out of my eyes.
It's not so much of a problem with the stories.
I can agree with this; it sort of ties in with what I've said already about stories. What's worse is that double-spacing between dialogue in these scripts wastes even more character space than usual, meaning you could have around ten minutes of script in too many posts, if that makes sense.
I'm backing up the Celtx suggestion here, as I've linked it up in my thread (linked below). What's useful about Celtx, Final Draft, and related programs are that they help with the technicalities of scriptwriting. If anyone here has thoughts of writing for television or film, then there some additional things to learn besides simply having character and dialogue, though these two components are obviously the meat of any script.
I'm thinking of making a tutorial for screenwritters and playwrights for the benefit of the playwrights and screenwriters.
That'd be awesome. If you know of any more resources that might be useful, including your own thing if you write it, perhaps you could add it to this thread I made, designed as a sort of bank for links and decent scripts worth keeping note of. There's something I plan on adding to it later - why I don't bother doing so now is addressed below in the common section I'm now calling SCARAB'S CORNER.
I'm at home for the weekend, and being an idiot, I don't bring the one thing I was working on more than anything else, that being a script. However, I may be able to work on a story or two that I've been throwing around. Nothing too big, just basic ideas. I have two ideas more complex in mind, but we'll see. It's nice ot log on each day and see the forum more... I'll say complete. Sorry I haven't gotten round to commenting on more stuff - will try to do so after I say hi to the family and get some reading done.
Flicking backwards and forwards through the Lovecraft collection I have, I read two more stories from it last night which I enjoyed: 'The Outsider' and 'The Picture In The House' (I think?). The former had a great concept, and although I could predict the ending (I've found I can be quite savvy when it comes to his writing now), it was stll satisfying. The latter on the other hand, was well characterised and rich with references that actually made sense.
I want to get into some of the older, nineteenth century New England literature: Hawthorne, Poe, etc. Any suggestions?