A New Perspective

So, as I mentioned before, I am a member of my university’s film club. We’re a group of students with a strong interest in film. The club members are students who write, cast, direct, and produce short student films.

I initially joined because of my interest in acting. But seeing the film-making process firsthand—however small the production was—made me realize how much work went into making a film. It wasn’t neat, but it wasn’t easy either.

And, I learned how much power there is in being the director, so I want to try my hand in that.

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My Experience with Scribophile

Alright. Back to some serious blogging. Here comes a long post.

During Spring Break, I decided to join Scribophile after seeing this post by Julia Satu. I also reblogged the post, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find (and it’s very informative).

I thought I’d try the site out by using a short story as my test.

The short story is one I plan to submit to my university’s writing contest, so I thought I’d try and use some extra help. I got 2nd place last year, so I wonder if seeking help and advice with my story this time would help get 1st (or at least in the top 3–I’m not going to get too greedy).

Here’s how my experience with Scribophile is going so far.

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Talkin’ ’bout my Generation

I’m a Millennial.

It’s something that’s been weighing on my mind recently, especially as I’m nearing graduation. I should be more excited for it, but there are a number of factors that aren’t allowing me to fully enjoy completing my college experience–which wasn’t that great to begin with.

My socioeconomic status, my education, and the immediate world I live in all play a role in how I look at the end of a chapter in my life. It’s been a bit depressing, so I spent my Spring Break on the laptop so hard I developed an eye-twitching that just stopped yesterday (and it’s starting again).

I don’t want sympathy or ‘Everything will be alright’ types of comments. I’m in a bad mood and I want to stay in it until I’ve figured out for myself how to get out of it (don’t worry–I’ve done this plenty of times.)

Writing is my therapy, so let me write about how being young right now is difficult, okay?

Okay.

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Spring Break Plans

I… don’t have any.

My last quarter for this school year begins next Monday. I really want to spend this Spring Break getting as much writing done as I can as well as catch up on Netflix shows I’ve added to my list throughout the quarter.

Currently listening to “Our Own House” by Misterwives—an upbeat and energetic song I’m enjoying

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How Scribophile Can Help Your Manuscript

Thought I was going to take Sunday off from blogging, but I couldn’t resist after reading posts by this WordPress writer!

Looking for Feedback in All the Wrong Places

I have a beta reader who gives me great feedback on the overall scope, characters, plot and pacing of my manuscript.  But it is always a good idea to get as many different points of view as possible.  So I went on a hunt for more beta readers, particularly those who can give me suggestions on the technical side of writing, such as sentence structure and grammar.

On some of the sites that I checked out, the feedback consisted of ‘good book’ or ‘I liked it’.

Ummm… thanks but that’s a little vague.  Are you just here to read books for free?

I need feedback from writers that are better than me, writers that can teach me things.

Hitting the Motherlode

I found Scribophile at the end of December.  It has helped me connect with some really good writers from all over…

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