One of the great things about Scribophile, NaNoWriMo, and all sorts of other writing clubs is that it allows us all to “share best practice” (in corporate-speak), or “steal good ideas” (in writer-speak). On Scribophile, for instance, I’ve read some really interesting pieces already, including one piece of fiction written in the form of a screenplay. I do not read screenplays, although in times gone by I have had a go at writing them! I found that reading one as a work of fiction, rather than as a functional non-fiction document for the filming/staging of a fictional piece, is very intriguing. It isolates the reader in a very specific way, and if done correctly (i.e. without a lot of the third-person glossing that authors can be tempted to add to straight fiction) can really spark the reader’s imagination.
I’m looking forward to using Scribophile during NaNoWriMo, but actually just reading the excerpts posted on the NaNo site once we’re under way. I love seeing what other people manage to produce, not just for the joy of reading, but also to see what good ideas people have that I might be able to steal!