Jan 13 2010
Superhero Nation specializes in writing advice related to novels and comic books. Are you looking for advice about how to write movies, TV shows, video games, poetry or songs? If so, I’d recommend asking professionals (or at least well-read amateurs) that actually know your field. Here are some tips about how to get advice from professionals in your field.
2. People love talking about themselves, so it’s frequently effective to ask a professional how he entered the field. He/she may offer a few tips about how you might get a job. You can find industry professionals on LinkedIn or by checking relevant departments at a university near you. For example, if I were interested in becoming a Hollywood writer, I might ask professors in Notre Dame’s Film, Television and Theatre Department.
3. If you ask a professional for advice, be articulate and polite. Write as carefully as possible because a letter riddled with typos will probably make you look like a hopeless amateur. Also, make sure you open the letter with something polite like “Dear Jane Merryman,” or whatever her name is. Do NOT use a phrase like “To Whom It May Concern”–it will be painfully obvious that you haven’t even figured out what his/her name is. No one will take you seriously unless you’ve put some thought into your request for help.
4. Read some industry blogs, preferably with an instructive angle. “Screenwriting advice” got me 350,000 results on Google.
5. If possible, take some classes in the field. I took a course on trends in cinema and that helped expose me to movies and techniques I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
If you’re looking for help with these other sorts of writing, please find someone that can actually help you! If you insist on asking me for help with a project even after I have explained my lack of qualifications/experience/interest/enthusiasm, I reserve the right to unleash gentle ridicule.