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|Posted: Thu Aug 5th, 2010 08:22 pm||
in media res
|First off: edd's "The Moon Away" is brilliant and a must read.
Second: do the development thing if you can, but as edd says keep the original. The reason you do the development thing is you will meet people. Which is really what it is all about. If they don't know you exist...well, they don't know you exist. Some people will be wonderful some will be useless. You will learn to know the difference.
Third: Pay attention to everything edd has written...if it is right for you. (As he has written the same disclaimer in his wonderful essay.)
There have been many good threads about this topic on the Forum. If you search you will find them. I am kind of written out on them.
But briefly: Listen to everything. Write everything down. Say "Thank You" equally to all. Never ask a question in a group, because like a swarm of bees they will strike at the nearest thing - YOU! Never defend anything you have written. Listen to what is said, not how it is said.
Most writing happens in the privacy of your own "room."
Read this essay by Michael Ventura: "The Talent of the Room." Best brief essay about writing I have ever read.
You can find some wonderful people at these things.
But, you will also find many what I call "Pompousites" at these things. Doesn't mean they don't know what they are talking about, it just means they are...well Pompousites. They can be rude, nasty, full of attitude, etc., but sometimes they have a gem for you. You don't have to like someone to get good information. And then there are just the assholes. But even an asshole can have a gem once in awhile.
If you find people who are interested in YOUR writing of YOUR play that is the best. The only person in charge of your play is YOU.
Oh, and let us know how it goes if you do it!
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Last edited on Thu Aug 5th, 2010 08:30 pm by in media res