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    Posted: 15 Jun 2019 at 6:48pm
If we go over 8 pages by a small amount, will we be penalized?
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Originally posted by Namarder Namarder wrote:

If we go over 8 pages by a small amount, will we be penalized?

Yes.

Remember: they allow one empty line before scene headings instead of the standard two lines, and the current consensus is you can get away without FADE IN at the beginning and FADE TO BLACK or THE END at the end.
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The rules are explicit. No more than 8 pages. Even one word could see you disqualified. That's why these are called challenges. You have to write to their rules, not your rules.

Go back and look at every word. Ask yourself, "Can this be conveyed in less words?" "Does the dialogue sound too long?" "Do I absolutely need this line?" "Does this or that really further the story, or is it unnecessary fluff?"

And write in active voice. If you use passive voice, you're putting more words on the page than needed. "He is trying to remove his shoe" as opposed to "He removes his shoes." Three less words. Same as, "I am trying to become a writer" as opposed to "I am a writer."

Do you see how fewer words can lead to more page space? Besides, passive voice makes any writer sound wishy-washy.

Good luck.
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thanks! just wanted to make sure.
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