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As an American living in Paris, my screenwriting life wouldn't be the same without the Internet. I've taken classes; found events in L.A.; made screenwriting friends; joined forums, meet-up groups, and critique groups; discovered the Paris-based association DreamAgo; and even landed this book assignment—all over the Internet.
Use the Internet to meet like-minded people, develop your craft, and learn from the pros. Join networking rings like http://www.TribeHollywood.com, or build a page at http://www.MyCreativeCommunity.com or http://www.MySpace.com. Do a Google search for screenwriting forums, blogs, and critique groups. Or create your own Web site and encourage people to come to you.
• Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Scams abound. There are lots of unscrupulous people out there claiming to be agents or running contests but who are only interested in taking your money. Do your homework, and use your judgment. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Walk away.
• Be careful not to spend more time surfing than writing. As wonderful a resource as the Internet is, nothing will do more for your career than putting your butt in that chair and writing, writing, writing.
The next time you're taking a stroll through cyberspace, stop by my Web site, http://www.TheThirdDraft.com, and say hello. I'd love to hear from you!