You might have seen me getting my ass handed to me by a passionate S32 member who felt I was disrespectful of his Original Post. I admire passion more than just about anything, so it's totally cool to see passion come out! All good. Through my interactions on S32 and outside of S32, I learn about ways in which new writers try to apply advice that does not apply to their own story. Different stories should be told in different ways. I will protect these writers' privacy, and I will not give any specific details. What I will say is, for example, I was surprised to learn an action/thriller writer was trying to apply comedy advice to a script (based on instruction from a book), and a horror writer was trying to apply what I guess was thriller/mystery advice to a script (based on non-S32 coverage). These writers devoted their precious time and energy in attempts to execute on advice that was irrelevant to their particular stories, and trying to prevent writers from shoehorning in irrelevant advice is a chief reason I speak out in the Lounge. It's also why I believe in highly individualized, tailor-made development support. In fact, I find it really hard to come up with S32 class "lesson plans" because it's hard to teach general concepts to a class in which every participant is writing his/her own unique story. I will now quote from a few posts that I think are great posts, which come from generous, articulate people (more articulate than I am, as I am admittedly a non-writing producer) who want to help their fellow writers. From Beth Fox Heisinger: "Videos ... talk in generalizations. One size does not fit all. :)" From Owen Mowatt: "...this advice is relative to your story and can In fact, be destructive if taken as literally as you claim." CJ Walley posted some great advice from John August, but I can't remember which thread it was in. In that post, he and Beth both said that multiple books/sites advise against something to amateur writers. CJ pointed out that the pros like John August don't seem to make it a big deal. Which brings us to this next quote below: From William Martell: "Anyone who says 'Don't use voice over' really means 'Don't use it incorrectly' - and the problem is, most new writers use it incorrectly. They use it as a crutch. That's the truth behind every 'rule' - there are no actual rules, but these are things that so many people get wrong that it's just easier to say 'Don't do that.'" I also got upset when I saw someone claim that an hour-long TV Teaser "cannot" be longer than 4 pages. In the US, this is untrue, and it's advice that could harm another writer. (I'm not talking about Phil's post!) Please do not try to shoehorn in advice unless you know it to be relevant to your own unique story, intent, and situation. Some advice is totally relevant; other advice is good advice, but it's just not relevant to you. And some advice is, well, it's just not good advice.