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Topic: 2018 Screenwriting Challenge
Posted By: lisafox10800
Subject: 2018 Screenwriting Challenge
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 2:23pm
Just registered for the 2018 Screenwriting Challenge. 

Who's in?

Thumbs Up


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Posted By: Gandalf
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 2:26pm
Yep.

If I get to the final, it's on the same day that I'll be driving eight hours from New Jersey to North Carolina, so that will be fun. But I'm entering on the expectation of not getting that far, so should be fine.


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 2:32pm
Originally posted by Gandalf Gandalf wrote:

Yep.

If I get to the final, it's on the same day that I'll be driving eight hours from New Jersey to North Carolina, so that will be fun. But I'm entering on the expectation of not getting that far, so should be fine.

You never know. I managed to make the finals last year (first and only time in NYCM for me!) But I always enter these things with zero expectations anyway.

Of course, Screenplay overlaps with Fiction War, which I've also signed up for and have had TERRIBLE luck with so far.

Look forward to seeing you in Screenplay! :) 


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Posted By: J_Fox
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 2:48pm
Probably. We'll see how elated or miffed I am after the 21st. :)

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 3:38pm
In.  Looks like the prompts drop the same day as fiction war, so any excess words get caught by the other bucket.

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Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 5:08pm
FADE IN:

INT. NYC MIDNIGHT FORUMS / SCREENWRITING BAR & LOUNGE - NIGHT

ED
Yeah ok


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Posted By: MissKeister
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 6:43pm
I am in!  

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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 8:25pm
I'm in! Assignments go out on my birthday, so this will be my present to myself :)

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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 9:24pm
I'm in it to win it!

And I expect to have a similar experience as the last 17 times.

First two rounds, not too shabby. Then the third round comes up with a terrible prompt that I think "This is a monstrous cruelty of fate and I shan't do a thing with it."


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Posted By: steph9289
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2018 at 11:17pm
I'll probably cave the day before the early bird deadline and register! I basically do that every time. :p

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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 6:19am
This is my first time entering screenwriting here, but bought my self Final Draft and have been muddling about with it, so I might as well give it a try.  Been trying to adapt some of my short stories from SSC and FFC and really am enjoying it.

Does anyone know how many entrants there were in last years?


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Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 6:44am
a little over 1100, dunno exact number


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 6:54am
Originally posted by cheezopath cheezopath wrote:

a little over 1100, dunno exact number


Ok, that is nice after the SSC 4000.  thanks.


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Posted By: BarrieLake
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 8:45am
I've never written a screenplay before, so I feel like this competition will be a good excuse. 


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:02am
Originally posted by BarrieLake BarrieLake wrote:

I've never written a screenplay before, so I feel like this competition will be a good excuse. 


You can try out Fade In software for free.  That is what I did.
http://www.fadeinpro.com/" rel="nofollow - https://www.fadeinpro.com/


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:04am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by BarrieLake BarrieLake wrote:

I've never written a screenplay before, so I feel like this competition will be a good excuse. 


You can try out Fade In software for free.  That is what I did.
http://www.fadeinpro.com/" rel="nofollow - https://www.fadeinpro.com/


Writerduet.com is a good option too, it's the one I tried and ended up buying the monthly option for the extra features.

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:07am
Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

I'll probably cave the day before the early bird deadline and register! I basically do that every time. :p


I for one hope you do.  It's only 1.5 pages per day, call it 250 words per page.  How hard can that be?

Big smile


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Posted By: J_Fox
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:11am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by BarrieLake BarrieLake wrote:

I've never written a screenplay before, so I feel like this competition will be a good excuse. 


You can try out Fade In software for free.  That is what I did.
http://www.fadeinpro.com/" rel="nofollow - https://www.fadeinpro.com/

I second Fade In. Switched from Final Draft a few years ago when I didn't want to pay for yet another upgrade. 


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:24am
Originally posted by J_Fox J_Fox wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by BarrieLake BarrieLake wrote:

I've never written a screenplay before, so I feel like this competition will be a good excuse. 


You can try out Fade In software for free.  That is what I did.
http://www.fadeinpro.com/" rel="nofollow - https://www.fadeinpro.com/

I second Fade In. Switched from Final Draft a few years ago when I didn't want to pay for yet another upgrade. 


I just bought the Final Draft, if you don't up grade you can still use it thought, right?


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Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:26am
yeah, and you get big discounts for upgrades if you decide it's worth doing.


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:33am
I'm still using Amazon Storywriter! Probably should look in to some of the other software!

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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 8:51pm
Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

I'm still using Amazon Storywriter! Probably should look in to some of the other software!


I was using the fade in and it was fine, but when I did a try out of the final draft I liked it quite a bit more, but the Fade in was fine until I tried the other, lol.  Also there were some compatibility issues with the fade in screenplays not opening into final draft, or not transferring properly, when I was trying it out, so I did not want to do a bunch of work and then find out I could not switch to the industry standard easily later on.


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 9:39pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

I'm still using Amazon Storywriter! Probably should look in to some of the other software!


I was using the fade in and it was fine, but when I did a try out of the final draft I liked it quite a bit more, but the Fade in was fine until I tried the other, lol.  Also there were some compatibility issues with the fade in screenplays not opening into final draft, or not transferring properly, when I was trying it out, so I did not want to do a bunch of work and then find out I could not switch to the industry standard easily later on.


From what I've heard, the industry standard thing is beginning to fade away a bit. Since there are now so many options that allow conversion to pdf, it's more a matter of who has which program for collaboration. WD will allow you to export to FD, but can only simultaneously edit with those that have WD. The thing I love about writerduet is the online storage that syncs with devices. So I can type something on my computer, then if I'm at a kid sporting tournament killing time, I can use the app on my phone. Next time I get on my comp, it's already updated. FD may have that too, I'm not sure, but it works really well for me.

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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 10:18pm
Originally posted by Joni Joni wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

I'm still using Amazon Storywriter! Probably should look in to some of the other software!


I was using the fade in and it was fine, but when I did a try out of the final draft I liked it quite a bit more, but the Fade in was fine until I tried the other, lol.  Also there were some compatibility issues with the fade in screenplays not opening into final draft, or not transferring properly, when I was trying it out, so I did not want to do a bunch of work and then find out I could not switch to the industry standard easily later on.


From what I've heard, the industry standard thing is beginning to fade away a bit. Since there are now so many options that allow conversion to pdf, it's more a matter of who has which program for collaboration. WD will allow you to export to FD, but can only simultaneously edit with those that have WD. The thing I love about writerduet is the online storage that syncs with devices. So I can type something on my computer, then if I'm at a kid sporting tournament killing time, I can use the app on my phone. Next time I get on my comp, it's already updated. FD may have that too, I'm not sure, but it works really well for me.

Being able to work on it via phone sounds amazing. I may need to check that out - thanks Joni and Suave! Smile


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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2018 at 11:27pm
I use Fade In + Dropbox to keep synched across devices, but I *cannot* imagine doing work on my phone! 

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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 8:57am
Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

I use Fade In + Dropbox to keep synched across devices, but I *cannot* imagine doing work on my phone! 


I really like it, although it's definitely slower than typing on a computer. Inevitably I have scene/line ideas while I'm not near my computer, so it's handy to have mobile access when I want it. And sometimes I just use it for reading through and looking for typos or other issues.

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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 9:15am
Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

I use Fade In + Dropbox to keep synched across devices, but I *cannot* imagine doing work on my phone! 


You mean the leash / shock collar I carry around so even when I go on vacations on a different continent in a different hemisphere I am still chained to my desk?  I hear that!

I do come up with ideas that get typed out on my phone, but I use a different app for that and can refer to it once I have some screen real estate in front of me. 

Your eyes must be much better than mine, Joni!  That or you're not quite as much of a hunchback yet!  Big smile


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Posted By: JeffreyHowe
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 10:01am
When I'm traveling I use the iPad version of Final Draft (and a keyboard/cover). It's cheap and lets me use my beloved (and space-saving) dual dialogue.

I suppose I really should sign up. I kept trying to get the discount via plugging the contest on FB or Twitter, but it hasn't worked yet.


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Posted By: JeffreyHowe
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 10:20am
One quick note about PDFs--proofread them. Sometimes a conversion from whatever source document you have mangles the PDF in interesting and inventive ways, like dropping the last couple of pages or repeating the entire contents of the document.

Needless to say this does not help you in competition.


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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 10:56am
To be clear, if it works for you, fine! I just can't do work on my phone. Every single time I attempt to post something on social media or here on the forums when using my phone or my mobile devices, I always have typos. For one, I can't read the tiny, tiny letters in the edit box, and the spellcheck feature on my phone/mobile devices is terrible. Also, autocorrect on my phone/mobile devices is incredibly aggressive, so I look like I'm drunk-typing when I am not.

(Which leads to speculation about the times when I am drunk-typing...)


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 11:01am
Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

(Which leads to speculation about the times when I am drunk-typing...)


That's why the spell-checker is so aggressive; it just assumes that's the normal mode.


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2018 at 3:51pm
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

(Which leads to speculation about the times when I am drunk-typing...)


That's why the spell-checker is so aggressive; it just assumes that's the normal mode.




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Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2018 at 1:43pm
I'm in and freaked out!! Haven't written a screenplay since college so this will be interesting!

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Posted By: Blue Mass
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 12:59am
I entered. I don't know how to write a screen play. I have never done one. I read people's posts in the short story comp thread about how they were so proud they enter and finish a short story. It give me a new perspective that I never knew existed. It is very intimidating for some of us to enter a comp like this. Finding this out made me want to test myself in a way I've never done before. To all those people that entered the short story comp, spent years thinking it over, and finally did it--good for it. You just got to believe in yourself.

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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 6:32am
Originally posted by Blue Mass Blue Mass wrote:

I entered. I don't know how to write a screen play. I have never done one. I read people's posts in the short story comp thread about how they were so proud they enter and finish a short story. It give me a new perspective that I never knew existed. It is very intimidating for some of us to enter a comp like this. Finding this out made me want to test myself in a way I've never done before. To all those people that entered the short story comp, spent years thinking it over, and finally did it--good for it. You just got to believe in yourself.


I never wrote one before until last year, either.

Screenplays are a funny thing. They are a story (IMO) and yet they are not like a writerly story. You still need plot and action and theme, but how you put it together is far different.

The element of screenplay that was hardest for me was translating narrative to dialog and action. A screenplay is going to be what you see and hear. There is very little space for telling the viewer about something. You have to show them through sound and light.

Dialog can't be talky. It is what people say, of course, but if you watch a typical movie, the dialog is short and reactive versus long and informative.

The scenes drive the story, IMO. And those scenes don't have long set-ups. They show.

The winning screenplays sometimes will help you, and sometimes will mystify you, if you are like me when writing your first screenplay.

But let me assure you of this--you will have plenty of people here on the forums who will be glad to help you. It's seriously whack how kind these people are, and how selfless they are helping you when there is a chance your screenplay could be better than theirs in the judges' eyes.

Good luck, and take the plunge!


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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 10:26am
Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

I'll probably cave the day before the early bird deadline and register! I basically do that every time. :p

Ditto!

See yall then!


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Posted By: sjsk
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2018 at 10:11am
I gave the Short Story challenge a crack last year. Didn't make it past the first round, but learned a considerable amount. Screenwriting is more my forte, so I'm stoked to see what my prompts will be. More importantly, I'm excited to both receive detailed feedback and read everyone else's scripts. This site is exactly the powder keg of creativity that I've been missing in my life all year.


Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2018 at 12:20pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

I'll probably cave the day before the early bird deadline and register! I basically do that every time. :p

Ditto!

See yall then!

And... everything is as expected. JUST registered this morn! LOL


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2018 at 3:25pm
Originally posted by sjsk sjsk wrote:

I gave the Short Story challenge a crack last year. Didn't make it past the first round, but learned a considerable amount. Screenwriting is more my forte, so I'm stoked to see what my prompts will be. More importantly, I'm excited to both receive detailed feedback and read everyone else's scripts. This site is exactly the powder keg of creativity that I've been missing in my life all year.

Welcome! Smile


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Posted By: ottersdaughter
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 10:21am
Well, I wasn't going to, but after the results last night, and with it being the last day before the price went up... I'm in ;)

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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 11:19am
Originally posted by ottersdaughter ottersdaughter wrote:

Well, I wasn't going to, but after the results last night, and with it being the last day before the price went up... I'm in ;)

YAY!


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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 3:01pm
Hi,

I've signed up.
Have no idea what I'm doing of course, but have printed off NYCM's guidance and rules for screenwriting format, going to have a look at Suave's suggested software and bought a book called 'Save the Cat' by Blake Snyder.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00340ESIS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1%20" rel="nofollow - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00340ESIS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

So, by the time it comes around, I'll be like someone who can't cook who has bought Delia Smith's book on how to boil and egg and hopefully just follow the recipe and see what happens!

I'll probably use a few of the prompts from this challenge to do a practice run or two to see if I can translate writing prose into a screenplay.

But hey ho! No guts, no glory eh?!

Paula x

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Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 3:06pm
Some advice re: save the cat and screenplay books in general - they're all big fans of three act, but sometimes three act is a bit much for the page limits in these comps. Definitely read it all and take the lessons on board, but don't be afraid to follow your instincts when it comes to structure.


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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 3:34pm
Originally posted by cheezopath cheezopath wrote:

Some advice re: save the cat and screenplay books in general - they're all big fans of three act, but sometimes three act is a bit much for the page limits in these comps. Definitely read it all and take the lessons on board, but don't be afraid to follow your instincts when it comes to structure.


Thanks Ed,

Coming from a tried and tested winner, I know that will be sound advice!
I've skim read a bit of it and I agree that so far, there is so much to take in and so much 'opinion' that may fly in the face of gut instinct.
I've no real idea yet how I will approach it, but may end up writing a standard story format with whatever comes and then try to translate that into a screenplay so that 'head thoughts'/'scene descriptions' etc. are done as voiceovers and whatever those bits at the start of passages are called - you know...EXT. NIGHT. A CAFE etc.
Just got the bug now, so fancied having a crack at it. I may bottle it by the time I get there as really need to practice and do LOTS of research!


Thank you for you kind advice!

Paula

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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 3:38pm
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Hi,

I've signed up.
Have no idea what I'm doing of course, but have printed off NYCM's guidance and rules for screenwriting format, going to have a look at Suave's suggested software and bought a book called 'Save the Cat' by Blake Snyder.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00340ESIS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1%20" rel="nofollow - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00340ESIS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

So, by the time it comes around, I'll be like someone who can't cook who has bought Delia Smith's book on how to boil and egg and hopefully just follow the recipe and see what happens!

I'll probably use a few of the prompts from this challenge to do a practice run or two to see if I can translate writing prose into a screenplay.

But hey ho! No guts, no glory eh?!

Paula x

My first screenplay ever was last year's comp. Key is to remember that everything in the script must be able to be seen or heard. No internal monologues. I signed up to improve my dialogue and to be more concise. 

It's just a different way of telling a story. And really a ton of fun.


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Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 3:48pm
Sounds good, Paula. Let me know if you want a beta reader when the comp gets going.


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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 4:19pm
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My first screenplay ever was last year's comp. Key is to remember that everything in the script must be able to be seen or heard. No internal monologues. I signed up to improve my dialogue and to be more concise. 

It's just a different way of telling a story. And really a ton of fun.
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Thanks Lisa,

That is really good advice, thank you. (Can feel my bum cheeks twitching a bit now in fear haha!)
But you're right. I LOVED doing the SSC and as it was my first ever go at a story and really rough around the edges, I've read enough to know the judges will probably hammer me for not sticking to the genre, for telling not showing and for all my stray commas etc. I just thought, I can't leave it at that, I need to put all this wonderful feedback from the forum into practice and have another go.

Everyone on here has been so wonderfully warm and welcoming and encouraging ....and, if I were to give anyone new to any of these competitions some helpful advice, it would be to join the forum and get stuck in. The feedback is gold.



Paula x

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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 4:26pm
Originally posted by cheezopath cheezopath wrote:

Sounds good, Paula. Let me know if you want a beta reader when the comp gets going.


Ed, that really is so kind and also really scary!
But I mean that in the best possible way, as putting yourself out there in the first place is hard (as you will well know), but I am so grateful and would definitely value the advice from a master such as yourself and am humbled you've offered.

Thank you most sincerely once again for your generous offer.
Let's see if I have the guts to go for it once we get there!

Paula

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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 5:01pm
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

[/QUOTE]<


My first screenplay ever was last year's comp. Key is to remember that everything in the script must be able to be seen or heard. No internal monologues. I signed up to improve my dialogue and to be more concise. 

It's just a different way of telling a story. And really a ton of fun.
[/QUOTE]

Thanks Lisa,

That is really good advice, thank you. (Can feel my bum cheeks twitching a bit now in fear haha!)
But you're right. I LOVED doing the SSC and as it was my first ever go at a story and really rough around the edges, I've read enough to know the judges will probably hammer me for not sticking to the genre, for telling not showing and for all my stray commas etc. I just thought, I can't leave it at that, I need to put all this wonderful feedback from the forum into practice and have another go.

Everyone on here (with only one arrogant exception - who has not fed back on my story, but whose arrogance in his feedback on others incensed me) has been so wonderfully warm and welcoming and encouraging ....and, if I were to give anyone new to any of these competitions some helpful advice, it would be to join the forum and get stuck in. The feedback is gold.

Re: the person above in brackets. Check out my feedback on his story. He totally missed my acrostic in the first 3 lines of my feedback.
Going to get banned from the forum now aren't I?!!

Paula x[/QUOTE]

Nope, I highly doubt you'll get barred from the forum.

I find that the vast majority of folks who hang out here do have others' best interests in mind when they provide feedback, treating this place like a writers' workshop. They're smart, talented and respectful - I've learned a tremendous amount by spending time here. 

Just ignore the select few who like to make themselves feel better by knocking others down. Not worth your time or aggravation.

Look forward to seeing you in Screenplay. Welcome to the party!


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Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 6:56pm
In my opinion, this is the best comp they offer.

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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 7:04pm
Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

In my opinion, this is the best comp they offer.


Thanks Tracy!
Gutted for you hun re: round 1 nonsense, but I do hope you get that story published!
It's still up there as my favourite and I can even quote from it....'all fibres and fingernails'! etc.

At a teachers' conference from tomorrow till Monday but after that have 2 weeks off so I'm going to try and get my head round how to write a screen play and we'll see I guess.

Really loved meeting all of you lovely people on here who are so warm and supportive!

Paula x


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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 7:11pm
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

In my opinion, this is the best comp they offer.


Thanks Tracy!
Gutted for you hun re: round 1 nonsense, but I do hope you get that story published!
It's still up there as my favourite and I can even quote from it....'all fibres and fingernails'! etc.

At a teachers' conference from tomorrow till Monday but after that have 2 weeks off so I'm going to try and get my head round how to write a screen play and we'll see I guess.

Really loved meeting all of you lovely people on here who are so warm and supportive!

Paula x


By the way, as I'm new here (probably get in bother now!)...is it normal for so many folk to post their stories after the results are out?
There seems to be a flood now coming in, but I thought the point was to share after posting with fellow entrants to have peer reviews before judging wrapped up?

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Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 7:12pm
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:



I've signed up.


Huzzah! Be prepared to fall in love. If you need anything drop me a line.

Another book I just started rereading is "Good Scripts, Bad Scripts." I love the simple breakdowns on arc, structure and why something didn't work in various film examples. It's not a blueprint or very finely detailed about mechanics, though.

Have fun! :-)

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Posted By: Vernacula
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 7:23pm
Paula, thanks as ever for the support. I'm being quoted, woohoo!

I don't know why so many folks are posting now. You do get stragglers, especially if they place (a confidence boost is the push some need, even if it's after the fact). Maybe newcomers also read that people wish they could check out more stories from heats with little forum action?

These contests are becoming highly unpredictable. With so many competitors and other variables, it's hard to know anything anymore. I'm here for the community and the kick in the ass. I'm starting to write more regularly now, so I'm chuffed.

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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 7:42pm
Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Paula, thanks as ever for the support. I'm being quoted, woohoo!

I don't know why so many folks are posting now. You do get stragglers, especially if they place (a confidence boost is the push some need, even if it's after the fact). Maybe newcomers also read that people wish they could check out more stories from heats with little forum action?

These contests are becoming highly unpredictable. With so many competitors and other variables, it's hard to know anything anymore. I'm here for the community and the kick in the ass. I'm starting to write more regularly now, so I'm chuffed.


Excellent!

I get how it's super scary, so totally understand why some gain confidence once they find they've progressed.
It is really hard to put yourself out there, like standing up naked and then someone highlighting your 'Scaramanga' issues in front of everyone!

Really pleased your writing more, I want to read EVERYTHING you write!

The feedback from my first go on here has given me more than I can express in the short time I've been here. I'll feel so much stronger for it and far more equipped for entering anything in the future!

I know I can appear overly sugary and positive, but if you ever want yet another beta, support or just an additional eye, drop me a line: paula.wescott@googlemail.com.

Much love to you sat in the right saddle for you writing your waterfalls of sunlight!

Paula x

P.S. They do need to cap the entrants if they can't get results out on time.... it will all implode if not.

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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 7:44pm
Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:



I've signed up.


Huzzah! Be prepared to fall in love. If you need anything drop me a line.

Another book I just started rereading is "Good Scripts, Bad Scripts." I love the simple breakdowns on arc, structure and why something didn't work in various film examples. It's not a blueprint or very finely detailed about mechanics, though.

Have fun! :-)


Just seen this thank you. Genuinely feel like the Queen just asked me to tea!
I'll look that up!
Px


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2018 at 9:51am
Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:



I've signed up.


Huzzah! Be prepared to fall in love. If you need anything drop me a line.

Another book I just started rereading is "Good Scripts, Bad Scripts." I love the simple breakdowns on arc, structure and why something didn't work in various film examples. It's not a blueprint or very finely detailed about mechanics, though.

Have fun! :-)


Thanks, Vernacula - hadn't heard of this one yet, but it sounds good. I'm off to Amazon:)

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Posted By: susiehunt
Date Posted: 01 Apr 2018 at 4:28am
Hi everyone!

Just signed up for the first time ever - eeek! 

I work in script development for a living and although I have a load of experience picking apart and analysing other people's scripts I have never really ever tried creating anything myself. So I may find that my career is a severe case of the Emperor's New Clothes, which is a rather scary prospect! 

One question I do have for those who have entered before is how the judges score scripts? Like are there particular aspects that you have found in the past that have seriously harmed your progression in the competition that you didn't realise would be so important? I don't want to make this a box ticking exercise, but at the same time I don't want to inadvertently shoot myself in the foot either! 

Thanks!!

Susie




Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 01 Apr 2018 at 5:51am
Originally posted by susiehunt susiehunt wrote:

Hi everyone!

Just signed up for the first time ever - eeek! 

I work in script development for a living and although I have a load of experience picking apart and analysing other people's scripts I have never really ever tried creating anything myself. So I may find that my career is a severe case of the Emperor's New Clothes, which is a rather scary prospect! 

One question I do have for those who have entered before is how the judges score scripts? Like are there particular aspects that you have found in the past that have seriously harmed your progression in the competition that you didn't realise would be so important? I don't want to make this a box ticking exercise, but at the same time I don't want to inadvertently shoot myself in the foot either! 

Thanks!!

Susie




This will be my first try at this as well.  I am just learning the technical side of the screenwriting - that is my biggest hurdle, the creativity I can handle.  From what I can gather, you are ok shooting yourself in the left foot, but stay away from the right.  Good luck!


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Posted By: JeffreyHowe
Date Posted: 02 Apr 2018 at 4:44pm
I would say different judges have different margins of error, as opposed to different standards, when it comes to mechanical issues (proofreading, format, use of prompts). Some judges have more ambitious notions for what can be crammed into the shortest page counts than others. From what people here have said, I think we all have moments when we wonder if a particular judge read the same thing we wrote.

In short it's a lot like other legitimate contests. Confused Wink



Posted By: DBA Lehane
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 4:50am
I'm in.  Whether I decide to post (or not) these days is as unpredictable as the prompts.

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Posted By: Tim G
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 9:53am
Not long now!

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Posted By: lgeverdell
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 12:28pm
So I signed up in a fit of... something impulsive that might also have been gluttony for punishment... and I'm sure people have asked this before but...

Does anyone have any tips for a relative screenwriting beginner on not psyching myself out about the formatting. I know the basics and I have scrivener but I'm not that well-practiced in using it in screenplay mode. 

Payment in good vibes and universe-kindness credits Smile


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Posted By: jellysted
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 12:42pm
It's a busy weekend coming, but I'm looking forward to this! Does anyone know if there's somewhere on the website that lists all the genres? 

Good luck, everyone!

Naomi


Posted By: cheezopath
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 2:42pm
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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 3:15pm
Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

So I signed up in a fit of... something impulsive that might also have been gluttony for punishment... and I'm sure people have asked this before but...

Does anyone have any tips for a relative screenwriting beginner on not psyching myself out about the formatting. I know the basics and I have scrivener but I'm not that well-practiced in using it in screenplay mode. 

Payment in good vibes and universe-kindness credits Smile

Biggest thing (for me) is to remember this is a screenplay and not a stage play. That is, you need to be sure that this is visual and active. Dialog, of course, carries it, but long speechifying might not be useful. 

BUT I have never progressed past the second round, so what do I know? 


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 4:46pm
Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

So I signed up in a fit of... something impulsive that might also have been gluttony for punishment... and I'm sure people have asked this before but...

Does anyone have any tips for a relative screenwriting beginner on not psyching myself out about the formatting. I know the basics and I have scrivener but I'm not that well-practiced in using it in screenplay mode. 

Payment in good vibes and universe-kindness credits Smile

Writerduet is an awesome screenwriting software that has a free version. If you get it and play around a bit, it won't take long at all to get the hang of it. It basically formats itself, and you just select dialogue, character, etc. at the top. It's really user-friendly. 


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 6:08pm
Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

So I signed up in a fit of... something impulsive that might also have been gluttony for punishment... and I'm sure people have asked this before but...

Does anyone have any tips for a relative screenwriting beginner on not psyching myself out about the formatting. I know the basics and I have scrivener but I'm not that well-practiced in using it in screenplay mode. 

Payment in good vibes and universe-kindness credits Smile

As someone who wrote her first screenplay ever in last year's contest, I can relate to the format-anxiety.

It's not that bad once you get the hang of it. Remember to not have any big bulky blocks of text and what you write needs to be seen or heard (no internal monologues).  Otherwise I look at it as just a different way of telling a story. I still outline the same way I would for a short story, still have the same challenges in staying to word count/page count. Know that sometimes editing one word can make all the difference for page counts.

I've used Amazon Storywriter for the comps I've done here so far, and it's really easy.

You'll be fine - just write and have fun. And welcome to the party.


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Posted By: stephenmatlock
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 10:12pm
+1 on Lisa's comment about word count. Make *every word* count. Because of formatting restrictions, you have much less space to spill out your thoughts. Five or six words per line, and something that goes over four lines looks really huge.

But - you can also ask for help! There are plenty of people here who can offer you assistance in formatting, structure, dialog, beta reading, and so on. Just ask!


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Posted By: lgeverdell
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 1:34pm
Thank you thank you thank you!! Feeling less freaked out now Smile

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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 2:40pm
Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

Thank you thank you thank you!! Feeling less freaked out now Smile


Hey, I'm freaked out too as never done this before either, but these folks above; the wonderful Lisa, Verna, Steven, Ed, Tim and the like are all big hitters and all just great great givers.

I have been seriously procrastinating over getting my butt in gear to work out how to write a screenplay and it's these guys here that I owe my lack of fear to now as I will just plan a story and then work out how to get it right for screenplay.

As a naturally overly-verbose person, (moi?!) I'll need to work out how to work smarter and shorter in the more visual aspect I think, but plan to give the Amazon software a bash and am hoping Vernacula's post earlier about 'being prepared to fall in love' is true! Still have a sneaking suspicion that b****** monster Political Satire is winging its way towards me though!! Shudder! I don't even understand Brexit and I live here in the UK! At least I voted to remain so can sit smugly when it all collapses around us!

Love, respect and thanks to all

Paula x



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Posted By: Maryanna
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 3:19pm
I'm looking for the screenwriting challenge 2018 requirements/assignments. Please point me in the right direction. 

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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 3:40pm
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

 

As a naturally overly-verbose person, (moi?!) I'll need to work out how to work smarter and shorter in the more visual aspect I think, but plan to give the Amazon software a bash and am hoping Vernacula's post earlier about 'being prepared to fall in love' is true! Still have a sneaking suspicion that b****** monster Political Satire is winging its way towards me though!! Shudder! I don't even understand Brexit and I live here in the UK! At least I voted to remain so can sit smugly when it all collapses around us!



Me too! This is the best advice I got on screenwriting - imagine you are sitting with a blind friend watching a movie. You are explaining everything in real time to the person as it happens. Since you don't have a lot of time, you are only going to include the things that matter. Obviously in writing you will include a bit more than this (setting the scene is important too), but keeping this in mind while writing/editing can really help trim out the words that don't impact the story.


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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 5:47pm
Originally posted by Maryanna Maryanna wrote:

I'm looking for the screenwriting challenge 2018 requirements/assignments. Please point me in the right direction. 



Hey Maryanna,

This is the guidance from NYCM on how to write a screenplay (below link), but if you've entered, you won't get your actual assignment with prompts until 11.59pm New York time, Friday night....whatever that transcribes to you as wherever you live. For me, it will be 5am UK time Saturday 21st, so I can go to bed early and get up early. USA friends will have to stay up late and Aussie friends will have a hell of a time deciding whether to sleep or not! Hope that helps!

Paula

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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 6:05pm
Originally posted by Joni Joni wrote:

Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

 

As a naturally overly-verbose person, (moi?!) I'll need to work out how to work smarter and shorter in the more visual aspect I think, but plan to give the Amazon software a bash and am hoping Vernacula's post earlier about 'being prepared to fall in love' is true! Still have a sneaking suspicion that b****** monster Political Satire is winging its way towards me though!! Shudder! I don't even understand Brexit and I live here in the UK! At least I voted to remain so can sit smugly when it all collapses around us!



Me too! This is the best advice I got on screenwriting - imagine you are sitting with a blind friend watching a movie. You are explaining everything in real time to the person as it happens. Since you don't have a lot of time, you are only going to include the things that matter. Obviously in writing you will include a bit more than this (setting the scene is important too), but keeping this in mind while writing/editing can really help trim out the words that don't impact the story.



OMG! Am beginning to realise how much this square peg has signed up to a round hole! Ever heard the 'wide mouth frog' joke? Yup this is me!
The Dave Allen version is so brilliant but could only find a video with inappropriate racial jokes before so couldn't post that!
Bit of nice Debussy accompanying this joke though! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxpJdO6n8j4" rel="nofollow - Wide Mouth Frog Joke

Paula x


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 9:56pm
Omg Paula, that's hysterical! And I kinda want that lady to tell all my jokes for me from here on out. Oddly, I've never heard the wide mouth frog story, and I have kids, so apparently I've been under a rock I guess.

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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2018 at 10:03pm
Looking forward to the challenge, my first here.  I don't freakout, I am having trepidation over what my genre will be - there is no way trepidation can be classed as freaking out.  I don't freakout.


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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 1:06am
Originally posted by Joni Joni wrote:

Omg Paula, that's hysterical! And I kinda want that lady to tell all my jokes for me from here on out. Oddly, I've never heard the wide mouth frog story, and I have kids, so apparently I've been under a rock I guess.




Haha! Dave Allen did a better version if you're interested. Such a fabulous comedian in the 70s and 80s!
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dave+allen+wide+mouth+frog&view=detail&mid=E1DCE667255CA8FECCE3E1DCE667255CA8FECCE3&FORM=VIRE" rel="nofollow - Dave Allen Wide Mouth Frog

Paula x
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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 1:11am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Looking forward to the challenge, my first here.  I don't freakout, I am having trepidation over what my genre will be - there is no way trepidation can be classed as freaking out.  I don't freakout.



Our 'adopted Mums and Dads' on here will help us Suave, don't worry! Just shout if you need help!

Paula x



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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 8:55am
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Looking forward to the challenge, my first here.  I don't freakout, I am having trepidation over what my genre will be - there is no way trepidation can be classed as freaking out.  I don't freakout.



Our 'adopted Mums and Dads' on here will help us Suave, don't worry! Just shout if you need help!

Paula x



Haha, I look forward to the challenge of going where no Suave has gone before!


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Posted By: Joni
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 9:12am
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Originally posted by Joni Joni wrote:

Omg Paula, that's hysterical! And I kinda want that lady to tell all my jokes for me from here on out. Oddly, I've never heard the wide mouth frog story, and I have kids, so apparently I've been under a rock I guess.




Haha! Dave Allen did a better version if you're interested. Such a fabulous comedian in the 70s and 80s!
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dave+allen+wide+mouth+frog&view=detail&mid=E1DCE667255CA8FECCE3E1DCE667255CA8FECCE3&FORM=VIRE" rel="nofollow - Dave Allen Wide Mouth Frog

Paula x
(All totally off topic now)




I love that! And we may be off topic, but I feel like I've learned something new (and I happen to love long-storied jokes), so oh well lol. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted By: DBA Lehane
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 9:58am
Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

Thank you thank you thank you!! Feeling less freaked out now Smile


Still have a sneaking suspicion that b****** monster Political Satire is winging its way towards me though!! Shudder! I don't even understand Brexit and I live here in the UK! At least I voted to remain so can sit smugly when it all collapses around us!

Love, respect and thanks to all

Paula x


I've been hoping for political satire for 8 years now and have never received it in any comp here - so you'd be unlucky.


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Posted By: ali815
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 10:15am
I didn't sign up for the screenwriting challenge this year because I'm moving house for the next week. And then I got an email. And then I signed up at the last minute anyway. I'M AN IDIOT.


Posted By: Splinker
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 10:44am
Maybe I am, and maybe I ain't.

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Posted By: niamh1988
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 12:11pm
I've registered! I've never written a screenplay before and haven't written ANYTHING at all in a while. It just never seems to be a priority at the moment, which is sad...
I am hoping that the strict time constraints and 'rules' with the surprise genre etc. will get my creative juices flowing! I don't mind at all if I don't get past the first round as long as it gets me writing again!


Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 12:13pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Looking forward to the challenge, my first here.  I don't freakout, I am having trepidation over what my genre will be - there is no way trepidation can be classed as freaking out.  I don't freakout.



Our 'adopted Mums and Dads' on here will help us Suave, don't worry! Just shout if you need help!

Paula x



Haha, I look forward to the challenge of going where no Suave has gone before!



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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 12:16pm
Originally posted by DBA Lehane DBA Lehane wrote:

Originally posted by NYCNewbie NYCNewbie wrote:

Originally posted by lgeverdell lgeverdell wrote:

Thank you thank you thank you!! Feeling less freaked out now Smile


Still have a sneaking suspicion that b****** monster Political Satire is winging its way towards me though!! Shudder! I don't even understand Brexit and I live here in the UK! At least I voted to remain so can sit smugly when it all collapses around us!

Love, respect and thanks to all

Paula x



I've been hoping for political satire for 8 years now and have never received it in any comp here - so you'd be unlucky.



HOPING?!! OMG Darren , you must be a complete masochist!!


P x


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 12:21pm
Originally posted by niamh1988 niamh1988 wrote:

I've registered! I've never written a screenplay before and haven't written ANYTHING at all in a while. It just never seems to be a priority at the moment, which is sad...
I am hoping that the strict time constraints and 'rules' with the surprise genre etc. will get my creative juices flowing! I don't mind at all if I don't get past the first round as long as it gets me writing again!

Welcome to the party! :) The time crunch and specific parameters do wonders for jump-starting your writing. And there's a great supportive community here if you need help.


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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 2:07pm
iN. aGAIN. i WAS TRYING TO PRETEND i WASN'T JITTERY, FREAKING OUT, ANTICIPATING, then I typed this in capslock (sorry). Because the Short Story Challenge was, to me, a "reality check." So I did not want to care anymore.

And then the emails came. And the tweets. Facebook posts. Reminding me I'd registered.

Now, of course, I think about it. And in the next 24 hours, I'll go from "thinking about it" to "pretending I REALLY don't care" to "obsessing" to "not sleeping because f**k sleep".

And I'll enjoy it.

Again.

*sigh*

Cheers and good luck everyone! LOL


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 2:17pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

iN. aGAIN. i WAS TRYING TO PRETEND i WASN'T JITTERY, FREAKING OUT, ANTICIPATING, then I typed this in capslock (sorry). Because the Short Story Challenge was, to me, a "reality check." So I did not want to care anymore.

And then the emails came. And the tweets. Facebook posts. Reminding me I'd registered.

Now, of course, I think about it. And in the next 24 hours, I'll go from "thinking about it" to "pretending I REALLY don't care" to "obsessing" to "not sleeping because f**k sleep".

And I'll enjoy it.

Again.

*sigh*

Cheers and good luck everyone! LOL

It's those "reality checks" that make us fight harder and relish the victories even more.

And welcome back. Good to see you here.


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Posted By: callmedeb
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 2:17pm
Let's see...

Deadline for actual writing gig looming? CHECK
FOUR (yes FOUR) other screenplays languishing from neglect? CHECK
Way too much family sh*t going on this weekend? CHECK

Did I sign up anyway?

CHECK (DUH)

Bring it. I have wine and self loathing in queue ;)

Deb



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Posted By: NYCNewbie
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 2:30pm
Originally posted by callmedeb callmedeb wrote:

Let's see...

Deadline for actual writing gig looming? CHECK
FOUR (yes FOUR) other screenplays languishing from neglect? CHECK
Way too much family sh*t going on this weekend? CHECK

Did I sign up anyway?

CHECK (DUH)

Bring it. I have wine and self loathing in queue ;)

Deb



Yay! Excellent!

I went on a middle management course about 15 years ago based on Stephen Covey's '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' and one of the things discussed was shifting paradigms and it really stayed with me. For example how, before Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, no-one believed it was physically possible, but after he broke it, so did 100s of others.....

It really helped me in any venture I set out on in thinking, someone else has done this before me, so even though I know nothing, I am going to believe 'I can.'

Wait now for me to bomb spectacularly this week haha!
So, great you have decided to join in and welcome to the fear fest lots of us are having about it too!

Paula x

Oh, and so pleased you've brought the wine!




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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 3:26pm
Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

It's those "reality checks" that make us fight harder and relish the victories even more.

And welcome back. Good to see you here.

Hey you! Wink

Good to BE here. I'm actually happy about it. Yay!

I expect to be happy until I get my prompt. 


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Posted By: TamDWil
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 3:27pm
I'm in!

This time I hope I don't scare myself out of completing LOL


Posted By: PrincessPea
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 5:29pm
All the best, everyone! StarStarStar


Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 5:57pm
Originally posted by TamDWil TamDWil wrote:

I'm in!

This time I hope I don't scare myself out of completing LOL

Fear does not exist in this dojo... 

(Welcome!)


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Posted By: roccapia
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 5:58pm
I'm in too. I've participated in the Short Story competition the last four years, Flash Fiction was new to me last year, now this. This'll be the biggest challenge since I've never really done a screenplay. Don't figure I'll get through the first round, but hey, who knows? I'll definitely learn something, at any rate.

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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 5:58pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:

It's those "reality checks" that make us fight harder and relish the victories even more.

And welcome back. Good to see you here.

Hey you! Wink

Good to BE here. I'm actually happy about it. Yay!

I expect to be happy until I get my prompt. 

Oh, it's gonna be fun!!!

(I'm doing this and fiction war in the same weekend. I think I need a 12 step program for writing comps...)


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Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 6:00pm
Originally posted by roccapia roccapia wrote:

I'm in too. I've participated in the Short Story competition the last four years, Flash Fiction was new to me last year, now this. This'll be the biggest challenge since I've never really done a screenplay. Don't figure I'll get through the first round, but hey, who knows? I'll definitely learn something, at any rate.

You'll be great! Remember, it's really just a different way of telling a story.


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Posted By: PrincessPea
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 6:03pm
Find scripts of films you like and have the right vibe for your brief. I always use them when I get stuck or confused on formatting :) 



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