Sooo, yeah, I put forth the notion that all feedback was valid ... there was a 'discussion' about how to give and take advice, and who should one listen to when conflicting advice comes along, and both seem logical. Mind you this is about the minutia of screenwriting, and should you say COP #1 and COP #2 or SKINNY COP nad CHUBBY COP, along with other nonsense to argue about?
I said ...
Everybody's advice is valid because everybody has a style and habits that work for them, whether they got it from adherence to a book, film school, or by school of hard knocks, or some combination. And whether they have been produced, sold, or neither or both, their own experience gives them a unique point of view on the craft. How their advice is given or perceived is what makes and breaks industry friendships - and starts a fight or two.
Yawn. Humans. This is why conflict is the backbone of storytelling. We crave it. And by god we'll get our fix even if we have to invent a misunderstanding.
Here is just one of the responses ...
Everyone's advice is valid! Hooray. So why come here? Why not just ask the meth-heads on the exit ramp?To all of you: Beware anyone who talks like this. You wouldn't think like this when learning to play golf or write code for apps or cook or deal with a sick child or fix an engine that won't start. Please don't think like this about writing screenplays. It is a very, very specific craft.
And this jewel after what I said somehow morphed into 'All advice is equal' .... (I never said that!!)
Are you actually still trying to defend your indefensible position that all sources of advice are equal when it comes to writing screenplays? (And don't play word semantics to try to twist something you said into something you didn't say.) Years ago when I was young and dumb, I tried to argue with someone who was trying to give me some good advice. Finally he said something that stuck, and I never forgot that. He said: "You can open your mouth and stay stupid, or you can shut it and learn something."
You might want to take that advice.
Yeah, okay, dude. Thanks for proving my point on inventing misunderstandings.
If it wasn't just so ridiculous, it would be funny. And these are seasoned writers. I gotta say, some forums are just dang hostile. And that's just a small sampling. If nothing else it's good material for slapstick horror. I'll file it under stupid.