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Question for writerly types (and others)

I'm thinking about creating a fiction blog (ie, a blog that is a peice of fiction, by an imaginary blogger). It's a writerly tool, but, if I can get the project worked out, it might also be a guerilla marketing tool. So, what do you think about fic blogs?

How do you feel about fiction blogs?

Like them
Never seen one
Don't like them



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Oct. 18th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
I've experimented with blogging as my various novel/novella characters, but the blog is never the primary work.
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm ambivalent about them. They can be amusing, and definitely go for it if it's a good productivity aid for you, but also keep in mind that if it's publicly posted, anything on it may count as "previously published" to an editor/publisher which will preclude First Rights sales.
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not too worried about publishing rights on this one. It's a screenplay.
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
Are screenplays not subject to the same copyright issues?
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
The primary need for copyright with a screenplay is to be sure someone doesn't steal your work. So, I will make sure I file for and enforce copyright on anything I might publish on the blog. But publication rights aren't really an issue with screenplays, except when someone is publishing a book of the screenplay, and then they usually use the shooting script. Which is generally owned by the production company.

Actually, most beginning screenwriters don't even file their copyright paperwork. They rely on the WGA registration service/process. Not the preferred thing to do, in my mind. When I complete a screenplay, I will go ahead and copyright it before I shop it around.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Huh. That's interesting. I've never registered a copyright, letting the publications that buy my stuff do it for me in the cases where they actually register the copyright. But it hasn't been a concern for me since words are copyrighted by the writer at the moment they're set down and ideas can't be copyrighted in any case.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
Simultaneous creation is a huge deal in screenplays. Only a registered copyright really proves first creation in a court, and there are enough unscrupulous producers, few though they may be, that screenwriters really need to be able to prove creation date. The old mailed in a sealed envelope trick doesn't work for screenwriters. And while some courts will accept WGA registration, there is an increased burden on the screenwriter when they use WGA instead of registering a copyright.

The business of screenwriting winds up being quite a bit different from the business practices of prose and poetry authors, because the screenplay isn't the end product. It's the outline for the end product.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
"The old mailed in a sealed envelope trick doesn't work for screenwriters."

Actually, it doesn't work for anyone. It's a fallacious myth that doing so will hold any weight in a court of law (so sez the copyright lawyer I know).

Interesting insight into the biz of screenplays. I guess that's why screenplay writers, in addition to wanting an editor and agent, also recommend getting a lawyer. Zounds.
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