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I'm no historical fiction buff, to be sure, but I got that genre in a previous challenge and it ended up being the best script I ever wrote in this contest!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zblugg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2017 at 5:16pm
Originally posted by JuliKobayashi JuliKobayashi wrote:

Originally posted by flightrisker flightrisker wrote:

Same here, <span style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Suspense, home security, a youth sports coach. </span>
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<span style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">How baked in does the profession need to be? My retired army general story was all based around her being a retired army general. But if I just had someone arrive home with a sports bag and go "phew, tough day coaching those youths", and then that was the last we heard of their sporting would that be frowned upon?</span>
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<span style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">Just finding it hard to make their job integral to what I wanna write.</span>


Hey there, I agree with ADecker92's response to your question that unfortunately, I do think the judges need the character (including his or her profession) to influence your story or be important to the story. But as the email they send with guidelines says, it doesn't have to be the main character. In a previous short story challenge (not screenplay) where I placed first in my heat, I got a prompt for "gardener" and I included a supporting character in the story that was a monk who enjoyed gardening. He made a brief appearance in one scene, and then he sent my main character a letter about his garden. It was a relatively minor detail, but one that revealed my main character's effect on people as well as a goal she was trying to accomplish. Not sure if that helped at all. Good luck!


I concur.

In R1H20, we had to include a restaurant critic. Though my critic was not the main character, I made it to R2. My two main guys were restaurant owners. The critic was a somewhat passive antagonist.
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Same here! This prompt is a lot harder than it looks. Good luck to us both! 

Edit: this was supposed to be in response to MaHaBone on the previous page, but it looks like the original post didn't go through. Definitely a newbie over here Confused


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Well, I got Group 7, Historical Fiction/Dictator/Fear of Heights ... Historical fiction is my favourite genre ... along with fantasy, political satire ... well, I guess all of them ... worked it out in the first few minutes ... wrote the title and log line first, as always ...  now just to let it simmer ...






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Originally posted by Scarlet Screenwriter Scarlet Screenwriter wrote:


Well, I got Group 7, Historical Fiction/Dictator/Fear of Heights ... Historical fiction is my favourite genre ... along with fantasy, political satire ... well, I guess all of them ... worked it out in the first few minutes ... wrote the title and log line first, as always ...  now just to let it simmer ...

 
Was thinking about you when I saw your prompts. Figured you'd be happy. :D I'm a little shocked Darren got cut after Round 1.
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Originally posted by NilesPerry NilesPerry wrote:

Originally posted by Scarlet Screenwriter Scarlet Screenwriter wrote:


Well, I got Group 7, Historical Fiction/Dictator/Fear of Heights ... Historical fiction is my favourite genre ... along with fantasy, political satire ... well, I guess all of them ... worked it out in the first few minutes ... wrote the title and log line first, as always ...  now just to let it simmer ...

Was thinking about you when I saw your prompts. Figured you'd be happy. :D I'm a little shocked Darren got cut after Round 1.


DARREN???  This is the first time I've got past Round 1 in a coon's age ... that's a raccoon, BTW ... American colloquialism ... put out your torches ...

DHL has done pretty good in the short story realm ... swings and roundabouts, as they say ...









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For the record, I will take Historical Fiction over Comedy- which is what i got this round.  Very worried my offbeat sense of humor is not going to translate through the written word.
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Originally posted by JuliKobayashi JuliKobayashi wrote:

Ohh Zblugg, I'm envious!

I'm in heat 7: Historical fiction - fear of heights - dictator.  Historical fiction in 72 hours: NAY!

Good thing is that I mistakenly thought we only had 48 hours in this round but really relieved we have 72.  This ain't called a "challenge" for nothin' so putting my thinking cap on.  Good luck to all!!

Juli


Hi groupmate!

I have to admit, this prompt tripped me up a bit at first. I think I just researched all of Russian history in the last 48 hours. LOL! I've managed to get a draft to the "I no longer hate this" stage, and with a whole night to sleep on it! YAY!!

How's it going for you?
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R2 G3 Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman

Ugh. This was hard, and while I am "done" in the sense of "just doing the final edits," I really didn't do as good as I'd want to. I could not make the "funny" come out.

Well, we'll see what the judges think.
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Agreed. I think Comedy might be the hardest genre. While I feel like I'm writing stuff a good comedic actor could run with, there's no guarantee the judges will visualize the same performances I do.
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