THOUGH: What I like about my brief time on this site so far… I’d say, it is certainly how examining loglines trains your mind to become almost razor sharp and surgical about the thinking process. It’s almost like you condition yourself to mentally strip your sentences into their raw ideas. Great stuff.

Summitry Posted on August 1, 2017 in Public.

I’ve been on this site less than a week, having not written anything in over 40 years since community college, and have learned so much from reading loglines, reviews, comments and getting a better idea how the creative process works. I’ve been looking for a new challenge for some time and feel like I’m barely scratching the surface of a creative side I never knew I had, Thank all of you for your input and for just being here and sharing ideas.

on February 16, 2018.
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I agree, I now assess how to do something as simple as take two words and say the same thing in one word.

run away-escape
must discover-investigates
laughs at-mocks

Anything I can do to reduce the word count… even by one.

Singularity Answered on August 1, 2017.

Yeah. Applying the same techniques within your script writing is golden as well.

A script is 2 forms of writing. You have your dialog, which is wide-open, creatively formed and a place to take liberties.

And then you have your action blocks which need to be specific and trimmed to maximum flow.

on August 2, 2017.
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I agree with your post, trying to succinctly explain an idea is invaluable in a lot f ways. My problem is, I find myself keeping the word count down by keeping things vague and I’m still trying to become more specific (usually with my character’s intentions) within the word count. I imagine the day I figure this out is close to the day I sell my first script, but I will always be a student.

I don’t agree, however, with your comment Foxtrot, that screenwriting is two forms of writing. You have dialogue and action, yes, but I don’ see them as separate from one another. They should work together to elevate each other and the piece as a whole. Simply, action tells the story and dialogue gets across character (although both should tell each other, in between the lines). But, if you wanted to break it down, I would be hesitant not to include the fact that even well done scene headings, transitions or a parenthetical can dramatically shift the whole mood of a scene. Thanks.

Mentor Answered on August 2, 2017.
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Yup, I’ve been a member longer than anyone active on this site (I think I was the fifth person to sign up) and have been benefiting from that this whole time.

Thanks Karel.

Also, I keep recommending this to other writers as a daily exercise to help train their critical thinking.

Singularity Answered on August 2, 2017.

>>>as a daily exercise to help train their critical thinking.

Reviewing a logline or three here is often my warm up exercise for writing, to get the juices flowing, the mind focused on fundamentals.

on March 29, 2018.
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Another thing about this site, it is both critical and encouraging.

You will get good critical feedback on a logline but very little negativity.

Singularity Answered on August 3, 2017.

No, you won’t…

on August 3, 2017.
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I totally agree,  even with my limited knowledge, that is apparent.  This is no doubt in my mind a great place to learn and hone some skills. The more I read here the more I realize how far  out of my element I am.  For now anyway. This  definitely  is going to take time,  patience, and thick skin, amongst  several other traits I haven’t even thought of yet but am sure to find out about in due time.  With enough hard work, and writing sure can be that, maybe someday I can call myself a writer of some degree. The tools are certainly available. It looks like I’ll be doing more learning than writing for awhile but still have my initial project to see through too.

Penpusher Answered on February 16, 2018.
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True. It is insightful and mindboggling
Thank you Admins 🙂

Summitry Answered on March 28, 2018.

And I appreciate your input, Foxtrot25 and variable.  Please keep it coming.

Ditto for everyone else.

regards

on March 28, 2018.
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