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Friday, September 05, 2008

(Not a Charlie Jade post. Heh.)

Every now and then someone asks me to take a look at their screenwriting blog, hoping I'll link.

If you have a screenwriting blog and you want my readers to check it out, please write me with a link to your best post. If I go to your blog and the first post is about how you're trying to get a job, working in a job, or slogging through a rewrite, I'm not going to recommend it. Sorry to be tough, but posts like this may be true, they may be you, but they are not news:
My writing has been in a bit of a mess lately. After finishing a (rough, rough, rough) draft of a screenplay earlier this summer and a particularly busy late summer on the work front, I've been bouncing around between miscellaneous screenwriting and prose projects, unable to commit myself to any one of them. It's been frustrating, to say the least. I'm writing, but I'm not getting anywhere.
If on the other hand you have written a post that says something new and clever, maybe I'll like it too, and post a link.

If you have just started a blog, likewise, please wait until you have said something you're proud of. I'm not going to link to the post that says you've just hopped on the blogwagon.

I do sometimes check my blog referrals. If I see people coming to my blog from a post on your blog, I might check it out.

This rule also applies, by the way, to sending your work to a connection you might have. If you have a connection in showbiz who is not obliged to read you (such as blood kin, or someone you're sleeping with), never show them a first draft or a first screenplay. Show them your best draft of your cleverest screenplay, the one with the smasho hook. If they aren't impressed with your first submission, they won't be inclined to give your second submission much attention.

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3 Comments:

Hey Alex! I've always appreciated your link to my blog. I've relaunched it and moved it so if you could update the link to http://shoutingintothewind.com I'd appreciate it (I moved to Wordpress from Blogger).

Thanks!! Hope you are well.

By Blogger Shawna, at 6:17 PM  

Shawna -- what do you like better about Wordpress? I thought it cost money, whilst Blogger is free.

How hard is it to migrate the blog?

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 10:07 AM  

So far I'm really liking Wordpress. I feel like I have more control over the blog, plus I can create other pages for static information (or in my case, my 'watch list' of what shows are coming, being canceled, etc) without cluttering up the main blog.

Wordpress was free. And I already had a hosting account, which costs me about 80 bucks a year. Rates vary for site hosting, depending on how much space and bandwidth you pay for. I really wanted to just get my dotcom domain set up and Wordpress is a little better with the templates and designs available, especially for incorporating widgets, which I'm using more and more.

Wordpress has a great conversion utility so I was able to move all of my posts and their comments, images, etc to my new site with no problems and no lost data. It was a beautiful thing. :)

You can also host on wordpress.com, but I don't really see any sense in moving to their domain if you are on blogger. It would only benefit you if you wanted to put your blog on the craftyscreenwriting.com domain directly, rather than the blogger address.

I'll let you know if I run into any snags.

By Blogger Shawna, at 1:34 PM  

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