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"Quebec Bill" ???


Ha! I got notes from Scriptshark when my script was selected as "script of the Month" on Triggerstreet. Frankly, the notes baffled me. I wound up getting my script (which is a romantic drama) compared with Gone with the Wind and Brokeback Mountain and THEN it was recommended that I NOT do a "thriller" (there was NO element of "thriller" in it!) and write it as a romantic comedy instead!

My reaction?


Guess it just goes to illustrate the old adage... you get what you piy for. (My coverage was free.)



*pay for*


Martine: Okay, you've stumped me -- who is "Quebec Bill" and what is he saying about me?

WriterGurl: "Brokeback Wind!" Now THERE's a title...


Isn't "Quebec Bill" a character in one of the scripts that illustrates your current blog post? I LOVE HIM!
Jet lag. Red-eye...

E.C. Henry

Timely post, Billy, as I just got some notes on a new script I've written.

Thanks for the J.D. Salinger history reminder, too. A lot of being a writer involves INCORAGING others to play with your toys, not giving them an easy out to dismiss your work.

As a amature, pre-pro writer, getting notes/coverage though services and script contests what I find most frustrating is the failure by those critiquing my work to properly identify the theme and universal appeal I'm striving to acheive is. If writer and reader can't agree on that, a reader's STORY suggentions aren't building towards the climax the writer is trying to bring the audience to. Point: when traveling with a partner their needs to be agreement where you're going on the map, or else chaos results.

Most times I feel like the people who read my work read part of it then it's like their own imagination takes over, and a story of different kind emerges, and the one I started with falls by the wayside.


Ah, the frustration of dealing with fellow creatives...

But I do love the feedback. Writer's write to entertain. You can't script someone's honest, spontaneous reaction to something they've just experienced. Differences of opinion happen. I just need to to develope a heathy, professional, way of dealing with the critism that being a writer brings.

So keep 'em coming, Billy. This sponge is always looking to soak up a little more of your wisdom.

E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Scott the Reader

Sometimes the best stories aren't the ones you start out with.

I've been on both sides. I've had people read my scripts, who helped me realize that there were better, more effective choices for the plotline of the script than the ones I was making. Others were just... wrong.

And hopefully I've helped other people see more of their story's potential as well. Though it's important for the note-giver and -taker to realize that, at the end of the day, it's all about the story that the writer wants to tell.

chris soth

All my work is perfect.

JD Salinger

(keep up the good posts!)


As long as it's not "broken wind", I think we'll all be fine...



Thank you Binnie Holmes -- Another mystery solved.

Yes, isn't strange EC how everyone, to some degree, sees their own movie in everyone else's movie...

Scott: Absolutely. "The story the writer wants to tell" is the phrase all readers should bear in mind.

Weird, JD, but you sound just like Joe Eszterhas.

WriterGurl: Or "Broke and Winded."


written notes tend to make me dizzy and usually cause me to slip into a coma for a day.

but the notes I get in school, such as:

"this sucks." "lame" and "that was sweet without having an ounce of smart in it"

usually send me to SEEK things to INDUCE a coma WITH.


I had never heard of "Quebec Bill" and was surprised to see the name in the illustration (the screenplay page) you added to your post.

The only Quebec bills I knew were more of this type:

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