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Originally posted by flightrisker flightrisker wrote:

Same here, Suspense, home security, a youth sports coach. 

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?

Just finding it hard to make their job integral to what I wanna write.


I think the main thing is just making it have an influence on the story to some degree. For my first round screenplay, I had "a mayoral election" as the subject and just had my main character be the son of the mayor, the election being a background event that made his parents too busy for him. It was never the centrepiece of the story, and I barely discussed it, but it definitely had an important place as well. So yeah, having a brief mention of his profession like that probably wouldn't be enough unfortunately, but you don't have to make the whole thing revolve around it either.
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Sci Fi, an invitation, a graffiti artist - I accept the challenge and notice that there is no Political Satire this round.

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Comedy/A Night in Jail/A computer repairman

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Originally posted by Moonpie Moonpie wrote:

Sci Fi, an invitation, a graffiti artist - I accept the challenge and notice that there is no Political Satire this round.

Good luck everyone


Looking over the various prompts for the round, I saw this one and immediately went Blade Runner in my mind. I would've enjoyed that one too!

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Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Originally posted by Moonpie Moonpie wrote:

Sci Fi, an invitation, a graffiti artist - I accept the challenge and notice that there is no Political Satire this round.

Good luck everyone


Looking over the various prompts for the round, I saw this one and immediately went Blade Runner in my mind. I wpuld've enjoyed that one too!

I have these prompts and am actually NOT enjoying it one bit.

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And I love Sci-Fi movies!
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Horror. A new mother. A natural disaster.

I wasn't sure, but when the idea came I churned it out faster than any other entry I've ever done. So I guess on balance I'm happy!

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Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

Juli, I was actually dreading the prospect of Historical Fiction being my genre, so I fully sympathize. 72 hours is right, though I can't tell if that'll be enough...

But as you said, it's MEANT to be a challenge!

Hang in there!


Thank you! I have a premise and historical setting and plugging away slowly, trying not to get too lost in research.
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Originally posted by thesleepermustawaken thesleepermustawaken wrote:

I am right there with that historical fiction woe! I just keep telling myself that I am doing this for the challenge, and this is basically the biggest challenge yet!


I know, right? I feel like any other heat's prompts would have been easier for me. What I'm aiming for is centering my story on the emotions of the main character to keep dialogue at a minimum so that trying to get the dialect or political details correct of the historical era doesn't slow me down too much. Too soon to say at this point. Good luck to you!!

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Originally posted by flightrisker flightrisker wrote:

Same here, Suspense, home security, a youth sports coach. 

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?

Just finding it hard to make their job integral to what I wanna write.

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!
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I do think that's helpful--since you weren't disqualified, we know now your approach is approved! :)

More broadly, when it comes to the prompts and our reactions to them, I think we all have a secret or not-so-secret hierarchy of dread when it comes to genre... oddly enough, "open" scares me more than anything. I kind of like working with a little constraint.
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