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I am new to this and was wondering if I could get some suggestions from anyone willing to help.. I think I have a good idea for a film or novel.. I know, i know, half the world says that .. but I really believe I may have something here.. only problem is that I do not have writing experience and don't know where to start.. I purchased the old and the revised editions of "The weekend Novelist" and have only just started reading them today... any hints on what I should do: ie contact an inspiring writer who may be looking for the right story/film to write or contact a famous writer and negotiate with them? HELP this all probably sounds stupid and like I am lilving in a "fantasy world" but unfortunately I do not (yet) know the hard facts in the writing world.... that is why I am asking for advice!! Thanks

It's gonna be a lot easier for you to write this yourself than to try and sell an established novelist on your idea. Even if you don't think you're a writer. It's much easier to sell a script to a film company, or a completed manuscript to a publishing company than it is to get them to listen to you pitch an idea. A caution on pitching ideas in the first place. If it's just a concept in your head, then the person you pitch it to can just turn around and write it himself and leave you out in the cold. You have no proof that you thought of it first. It's much smarter to have a completed work to show people. So if you don't fancy yourself a novel writer, try and get your concept down on paper in the form of a short story. That's where I always start. You can use any style you want to tell the story, you don't have to worry about script format or reaching any great length. Then once you've got a good story you can push that around. --Trey

piccola wrote:
HELP this all probably sounds stupid and like I am lilving in a "fantasy world" but unfortunately I do not (yet) know the hard facts in the writing world.... that is why I am asking for advice!!
You're living in a fantasy world. A fantasy world in which those that don't write never make it. Not that every writer will sell their work, but if you don't write you CAN'T sell. It's not easy - but the only way to learn the hard facts in the writing world is to write. The good Captain is right and I agree with him. Write it!

thanks for the advice... I never said I was not going to write it.. I just wondered if it was worth a try.. any hints on good books to read?

"How not to write screenplay" "Hollywood" by Charles Bukowski "Adventures in the Screen Trade" by William Goldman but don't think for a minute these are going to give you the magical secret to writing. The secret to writing is: writing --Trey

Well, again, Cappy is the leader in infinite wisdom around these parts. YAY Cappy. Good advice. I have two books that helped me... "Making a Good Writer Great", by Linda Seger "Secrets of Screenplay Structure", by Linda J. Cowgill I have to ask, have ya ever noticed that most of those folks writing books about screenplays have never sold a script? LOL By the way, Goldman is one of my favorite screenwriters - ever!

MuddyPaws wrote:
I have to ask, have ya ever noticed that most of those folks writing books about screenplays have never sold a script?
Probably because great script writers are busy writing scripts. :D --Trey