That’s right. I had nothing for the title. Maybe because this week, I only want to tell you how grateful I am.
I started this blog at the same time I started twitter. I’ve been amazed at what a beautiful thriving community of screenwriters it has. So many things it took me years and money to learn, laid out to the world for free.
Recently, I decided to volunteer to read a writer’s script who was asking for help on #scriptchat, a weekly twitter talk about screenwriting. The whole two hours I trudged through writing comments on his script, I was thinking how much of a waste of time this was. He would be like so many other writers whom no one can tell anything. This man asked for brutal honesty and I gave it to him. It really sucked. What astounded me was how well he received the feedback. I got lucky, (<– St. Patrick’s Day reference) he listened, he asked questions, and he thanked me. It was wonderful.
He didn’t know it but he opened my heart to reading more scripts for people. And a lot of the screenwriters on twitter don’t know it, but they teach me how to be a better writer every day. Which then makes me a better help to those whose scripts I read. It’s The Circle of Life! Humma ba ba, heh, a humma ba ba.
They say everyone can learn from their mistakes but the wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Keep sharing your mistakes and your knowledge. It’s a beautiful thing to help others be wise.