I'm a writer. Not by profession, not yet, but it's what I'm meant to do. I know it. I love writing my blog (sig), but I love storytelling, too. And nothing has ever come so naturally to me as screenwriting. There are times when I really get going, when I'm really "in the zone" so to speak, and 8, 10, 12 hours have passed since the last time I did anything else. When I know it's good is actually when my role is largely passive. When it's less a sense of me proactively creating something and more a sense of something that exists being revealed to me. Maybe that sounds pretentious, but I'm telling you that's how it happens, when it happens the best.
Oftentimes I'll have story ideas that are borne out of a particularly vivid dream I had. I keep a dream journal, and I've gotten some really good ones. I also know that I've had an Inception-esque dream-within-a-dream. As sure as I remember anything in my life, there's a night I remember waking from a dream to write something that had just happened to me in the dream in my journal, before falling asleep again just as quickly. Woke up for real a few hours later, the next morning, only to find that there was nothing new in the dream journal.
The freaky part is that idea is probably still in my head somewhere. But I suppose I won't recognize it if it ever does surface again. Maybe it already has.
I wish I had caught on to screenwriting sooner. I spent almost 20 years trying in vain to write prose, and my god was it horrible. I had an idea for a novel my freshman year of college, and I had dreams of doing book-signings at the campus book store. By the time I got my degree five years later all I had written was four lousy chapters. And I do mean *lousy*. I had somewhat better luck with short stories, but those have just as easily been adapted to the screen as short scripts (all but one). Any new ideas these days are screenplays, no question.
Anyway, that meandering preamble is just to get around to asking if anyone would be interested in reading my stuff and providing feedback.
Half the time I'm my own biggest fan, half the time I'm my own harshest critic. And I'm never right. So I need new and fresh eyes to read my stuff. I do submit to a peer-review website, but they only accept completed feature-length drafts, so it's not very often that I have something new to submit there. I could really use feedback on some of my shorter scripts and some of my unfinished scripts.
It doesn't have to be anything more than "Here's what I liked.... ; Here's what I didn't like...." It would be helpful if you had some insights into storytelling structure and especially screenwriting, but even if you don't your feedback is still valuable. Everyone knows what a good story is, don't they?
Two caveats. These are screenplays, not prose. They are not literature - they are blueprints for making a film. Film is by its very nature a collaborative process. One person can't make a movie by themselves. So screenplays are best left leaving choices that belong to others (how lines are read, how characters are dressed, what shots are used) to the people whose job it is to make those choices. It may make for a slightly unfulfilling read. I would also ask that you bear it in mind when providing feedback.
Secondly, I don't write comedy. I'm not a terribly funny person, and I see comedy as a lazy, wholly derivative genre. And, well, it's even more than that, frankly. Many of my stories are quite dark in tone. So it's not bound to be a light-hearted laugh riot like Witticus' story thread. I don't mean to say I'm gonna tear your heart from your chest and stomp on it, just that nearly all of my stories would get R ratings if they were made as movies (there are a few exceptions). We're all adults here, and we all go to R-rated movies (or Netflix them), so I don't know why this should be a total roadblock, but it bears mentioning.
I'll use the next post to give a rundown of my stories and where they stand. Hopefully you'll see something you like and want to read. If you're interested, shoot me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a PDF of whatever you've picked out.
(and it goes without saying that I'm trusting you all not to steal from me...you wouldn't do that, would ya? )
All right, well, see if there's anything you like. This is also an exercise for me in writing what are called loglines. You could best think of them as movie synopses summed up in the span of a Twitter post.