Five things you don’t want to say when asking someone to read your script/manuscript

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If this is what people look like when proofreading your manuscript, you need another rewrite. © sxc

Over the last year I have received a lot of requests from aspiring writers/screenwriters to read their stuff. Especially interns at the newspaper I work for, tend to target me. I will not go into the question whether this is a case of asking the blind to lead the blind, since answering that one won’t make me happy.

I don’t mind proofreading stuff, I like it actually. On the condition that it’s a serious attempt at writing.

Here is a top five of the most annoying things I’ve heard from people who want me to read their manuscript: Continue reading

Stop the fucking swearing

I confess. I swear. And secretly, I like to. One time, when I bumped my toe, I even swore so vigourously, my grandma chased me with holy water. And simple observation proves I’m not the only one. Actually a lot of people swear a lot.

For that reason sometimes I let a bit (or a lot) of cursing and swearing slip into my writing. And every time I throw all that foul-mouthing out again in the rewrites. Not because I fear the wrath of heaven. Not because I fear to alienate a part of my potential audience. I cut it because it makes the writing weaker. Continue reading

Does anybody have experience with The Black List?

I have written a screenplay.  Hurrah! Ring the church bells and crack the champagne. Or not?

The next problem is I don’t have any contacts in the film industry. Well, not in Hollywood, anyway. And the internet is trying very  hard to convince me that sending out an unsolicited script is about as effective as trying to yell at a passing airplane.

So, I’m considering to have my script evaluated by The Black List.

https://www.blcklst.com/about/

That’s not a free service though. I did some research on it, and quite a few blogs recommend The Black List. Some even rave about it. However, my evil journalist mind suspects posts like these of being cleverly disguised advertising. This way I’m hoping to get some feedback from people who have actually tried it.

Pwetty pwetty pwease?