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Craig Griffiths's picture
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Social Media and helpful sites

Someone said Reddit should be shut, but others find the r/screenwriting Sub valuable (personally I also like their Fender Guitar sub). 

What social, websites or other forums do people suggest, either as a learning resource or for a social outlet for your writing needs. What can you share with your fellow creatives.

CJ Walley's picture
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Joined: Jul 2016

It's far from perfect and it's lost a lot of valuable contributors over the years due to some ineffective moderation but the Stage 32 screenwriting lounge is still the best I've experienced because it actually has working writers who you can do your due-diligence on.

As mentioned in another thread, Reddit's r/screenwriting feels like wallstreetbets to me. Full of people taking punts on competitions and evaluations.

DoneDealPro is mostly anonymous too and some of the worst advice I've ever received I got on there.

The SimplyScripts forum certainly used to be good. Not been on for a long time now. They had like, two mega-trolls on there though which just killed it for me.

Facebook groups are a mixed bag. Some groups actively block content from Script Revolution while others are quite positive and professional.

Craig Griffiths's picture
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Stage32 is good. It has become a (and I say this being nice) great kindergarten for new writers. There are some very experienced people over there keeping a watch eye on newbies (again just a short hand term).  Every time some posts "I've have a development executive willing to look at my work $500", all the experienced heads save the person from that mistake.

People are also respectful in their disagreements. There are a few people I can predict what they are going to say about one of my comments. But that is adult debate.

r/screenwriting is like a therapy session and a collection of dumb questions.  "Can I..... (dumb question" is standard at reddit.

CJ Walley's picture
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I know what you mean about the predictable replies LOL!

David Lambertson's picture
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Simply Scripts is a great site. and where I cut my teeth. There were a couple of trolls there, but that has simmered down. It is also a great research site for a variety of screenwriting problems.

Script Shadow is an interesting site to drop it on as generally there is a topic du jour for a day that yields a lot of discussion - mostly constructive,

Stage32 hasn't really landed for me. I find it the least interesting of all of the forum sites. That's probably just me.

 

Derek Reid's picture
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I'm not on S32 that much right now, tho I met most of my screenwriting e-friends there initially and feel there could be some cause for me to return with gusto at future point...

I do tend to like the old-school message board format more than lounges as a general thing, but that's just personal preference.

Kaye Koddy's picture
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I like Ken Levine's blog (...by Ken Levine). He posts often and lots of commenters chime in. Fun reading if you're interested in comedy writing, sitcoms, TV history, and behind-the-scenes accounts of working on shows.