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Hi there! I'm Fay and I've been writing for many years now. I like writing short stories and screenplays, never published/produced though because I never felt comfortable putting my works "out there." I recently realized how silly this is as well as how important getting feedback is for growing as a writer. So I'm really glad I joined this site! :)

 

Also I'm reminded of how important it is to use writing as a tool for a higher purpose, especially in spreading the Gospel. Even if it's fictionalized or in a completely fantasy-based genre, you can get important truths out there into the world and in so doing, be a light into the dark reaches as we are called to be. Makes me especially think of C.S. Lewis and how he was able to spread Biblical truths through fantasy and metaphor -- something I would like to emulate if not directly, as well as how Jesus used parables to make the complex simple and accessible to anyone.  

 

I'm also keen on writing a novel for NaNoWriMo this year so hope to meet writing buddies to encourage and be encouraged. Cheers

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Welcome! It's great to hear from a fellow screenwriter. Do you have any tips? I started a screenplay recently but it proved to be too hard for my meager experience, so I quit.

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Welcome to our writing family. Glad you joined us, Fay. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing! :D

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Thank you Sarah! Here is a tip I learned from a screenwriting professor: watch your favorite movie and pick it apart, scene by scene. Literally sit down and write down for every couple minutes or so what is happening in that scene (a sentence or two). This should be a movie in the genre you are writing in. Then, emulate the ebb and flow of the movie in your own writing (where the plot points should happen, the climax, the problems, the solutions, and so on). 

 

A book that mirrors this is the Save the Cat series (beatsheets). 

 

Also, he told me how important it is to make the "quiet" moments count. Because it is in those quiet moments that you say everything. By quiet I mean a facial expression or seemingly small reaction a character might have to something that was said or done. You can easily insert some good subtext that way. 

 

Message me if you'd like! I'll do my best to give you some more tips I've accumulated over the years. :) 

 

And don't give up if it's something you want to do! You'll inspire me and hopefully I'll inspire you when I write my own novel. :) 

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Hi, Fay! Welcome to Christian Writers! We are all so excited to have you with us. :D

Screenwriting is a fascinating aspiration; I've tried my hand at it a time or two myself, but mostly I work on either songs or short stories or novels. God Bless you and your work!

4 hours ago, Sarah Daffy said:

Welcome! It's great to hear from a fellow screenwriter. Do you have any tips? I started a screenplay recently but it proved to be too hard for my meager experience, so I quit.

You ought to try again sometime, Sarah! I'll bet it would be really good!

I tried writing a musical based on the old Leo Tolstoy story "Martin Avdeitch" once; I had everything planned perfectly and felt it would be a wonderful smash providing a wonderful Christian message for the world; then...certain circumstances...caused me to abandon the idea. While at times I have been slightly tempted to start over again, it would never be the same. If somebody else wants to create a Martin the Cobbler musical, they can have at it. All I know is, it's not gonna be me.

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Welcome, it's nice to meet you!

 

Have fun with NaNo, and let us know how it goes. I know many people on here do it, so you will not be alone! 😊

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Thank you!! 

It's really nice to meet you, Homer, Erin, Alley, Claire, Chuck and @suspensewriter!

 

I wish you enthusiasm, inspiration, and good momentum in all your writing endeavors!

God bless

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Hi Faye, it is really very nice to have you with us.  I do hope you like it here :D 

 

Sarah, your mini-description has always intrigued me-a dance, screenwriter, artist, writer. . .  I keep watching your comments to learn more about what kind of dancer and artist, etc. :D

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Hi Becky! Thanks for the message 😊 I'm really glad I came across CW, and all the nice people who are so passionate and supportive on here. You can truly feel a difference here. 

 

I feel the same Sarah! Your description is so fascinating, I get the sense that you are so passionate about life and being an artist. I'm inspired! 🌺

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