I write comic scripts, but Iím not here to tout scripts or look for an artist. (Not this post, anyway) Iím here to put a call out to fellow writers who are working on project, in any stage of creation, whether itís completed scripts they have looked over from top to bottom and polished the dialogue to a shine, or a first draft, or somewhere between the two. I want to help with a little problem many creatorís and I share: Doubt.
I have doubts about everything Iíve written. Multiple drafts, dozens of tweaks, it doesnít matter. Itís inevitable and part of the (currently non-paying) gig. This isnít about conquering doubt, though, itís about trying to help creatorís improve their stories with an outside, subjective point of view, and get past that doubt so they can focus on crafting stories. Sometimes a little critique can work wonders. Iíve been writing for 6 years and one of my problems has been that Iím not good at putting myself out there, online or in the real life. I didnít post a lot of what I wrote, and what I did didnít receive many comments or critiques. Iíve gotten better about it. Iíve been trying to find collaborators and actually get some projects off the ground so people can actually see them. (no success yet; not giving up) One of these attempts was when I saw an artist looking for a writer to work and script a project heíd been working on. He had a long list of ideas, character thoughts, some history outlines, but he said he wasnít a writer. It was a different approach, and I was interested, so I dove in. I worked for a couple months on it, wrote back-stories for characters, brain-stormed like crazy, and messaged the artist for his thoughts. There were problems: way too many characters (over 30 for something he wanted to be around 30 issues long), the main characters was unlikable and kinda unrelatable, but it was fun tinkering with someone-else's project. To flex a different set of creative muscles. It was also nice just having someone else in the loop. In the end, he went with another writer, (not that he didnít like what we were doing, he was just going for something different, which I understood completely) but the experience was eye-opening and helped with some personal doubts about my writing. And Iíd like to do the same for other creatorís out there.
I can read scripts and offer advice and critique, discuss and flush out ideas that maybe youíve been tinkering with but havenít started on. It all depends on what youíre looking for. If you want a co-writer, or a collaboration in general, I can do that. If all you want is someone to look over your stuff and get an outside opinion, see what works and what doesnít, I can do that too. I have a strong sense for story and good when it comes to editing, so I can fit into either of those roles.
Or if you just want to bounce ideas around and have fun brainstorming, thatíd be cool too.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with LOOKING FOR BETA-READER in the subject line, otherwise it could be marked as spam and deleted.