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    Posted: 14 Jun 2017 at 6:42pm
This first round I wrote two scripts and was so torn about which to submit. Thankfully, I chose correctly. Last year I think I wrote three or four pieces in a round! I got lucky there, too. Or maybe I have to write until I see the "winner." Luckily, I write very fast (if not always well).

Just wondering if anyone else employs multiple madness. If so, do you think it helps or hinders?


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I've thrown out an idea in mid-round to start over with a new one, but I've never written more than one script for any of the competitions. I have enough trouble getting that single script out of my system and onto the page that there usually isn't a lot of time to think about any other ideas.
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I have done the start-stop-delete routine with a couple of ideas. I tend to go with gut feel.
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One and done. First round I weeded out some possibilities in my head the first day before I wrote anything. This round the prompt gave me an almost immediate visual idea, which I fleshed out. Whatever does the trick, right?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vernacula Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2017 at 4:06pm
Absolutely, Jeffrey! Thanks for the insight, guys. Just had a curious moment regarding process.
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I wrote two scripts last round. I usually outline 3-4 ideas before digging deeper.
R1:H44:Pressing the Flesh
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Originally posted by JeffreyHowe JeffreyHowe wrote:

One and done. First round I weeded out some possibilities in my head the first day before I wrote anything. This round the prompt gave me an almost immediate visual idea, which I fleshed out. Whatever does the trick, right?



This. QFT, as they say. I pretty much went through the exact same process for R1 and R2.

R1 was a long winded thing, with many adjustments and tweaks, whereas R2 almost jumped on the page. Slept on my assignment, then put it down in 3-4 hours Friday morning. Now I'm looking for weaknesses and holes. But essentially, idea one and draft one were The One, for R2...

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I don't write anything until I have run my idea in my head a few times. I take notes to make sure I remember what I come up with, but they're all short form...just mapping. Usually* I do a little research to make sure my initial idea is sound and then I plan the scenes I want from there. I have to "see" it in my head before I can write it and decide whether I like it. Then I just write the scenes I know I need and add/cut as needed. It's not done until my gut & my personal reader (my wonderful husband) have signed off on it as something I can be proud of.

*(Ha! first time I ever wrote a screenplay is for this competition, but in writing I do this too)
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On a related note: thinking about writing a few 5 page scripts between rounds, just to get a sense of how the 24 hour time crunch will feel if I advance. Anyone try something like that?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AnastasiaW Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jun 2017 at 6:30am
Originally posted by JeffreyHowe JeffreyHowe wrote:

On a related note: thinking about writing a few 5 page scripts between rounds, just to get a sense of how the 24 hour time crunch will feel if I advance. Anyone try something like that?
I did the short screenplay comp which gave us 48 hrs to write a screenplay - which was fine if intense. I did have to do a full rewrite one Sunday so it seems doable - but it doesn't give you the ability to put it down for a while and mull.
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