February 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm #4360
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The best place to start? We recommend checking out “Yes, And / Yes, Let’s“. It’s a discussion about the philosophy behind our community and it sheds a lot of light about how we operate.
What else do you need to know about “the rules” here? They’re mostly common sense (we’re a relaxed crowd). We stay on topic about writing, we respect each other, we try to describe our own process rather than prescribe behaviour for other writers, and all in all that combines to create a pretty upbeat and productive community. (We don’t talk politics or religion, just writing, and that keeps flame wars at bay.) We’ve got a moderation policy in the top right corner of the site if you want a reminder, too.
What do we talk about here? We’ve got three primary areas about writing:
The first two sections are self-evident. The third is the “all of the above” category, for discussions relevant to TV AND screenwriting–almost all of which is relevant to our fiction-writing friends, too.
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It’s kind of sinister the way you can see them Shaula…
But welcome new browsers.
Join in the conversations.
Please introduce yourself and don’t feel you have to include your whole C.V. if you don’t want to.
My own introduction is brief. To quote Shaula I think she said it’s “not really very informative”.February 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #4369
You are our resident Woman of Mystery, TQA, but some other people do choose to be… more voluble and gregarious.
And everyone is welcome on their own terms and in their own style.March 6, 2013 at 3:16 am #5361
As we wrap up our big launch day, I want to say thank you to the brave folks who found us and jumped right into the conversation! We’re really happy to have your company and it’s made the day extra exciting to get to meet a bunch of new writers. I hope you found that we live up to what it says on the tin: people here don’t bite, everyone is welcome, and we really do want to help each other accomplish our writing goals and become better writers.July 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm #20258
I am going around in circles, which is par for the course for me. I see a post from earlier today from Ellen but don’t know how to start a new thread and someone said start at Welcome New Visitors so here I am . I will do a real intro later, once I am really in the right spot. Shaula is my goddess who encouraged me to come here, even though I write fiction and not screenplays and hope to use the Quest workshop starting Monday to write a novel.
Looking forward to working with you all. Cheers! Andrew
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