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    Posted: 14 Apr 2019 at 4:27am
This is my first time trying this. I suspect I've been a bit optimistic, having never written a screenplay, and having written just 3 stage plays in the not significant number of years I've been on this planet.

Just as well I won't get through to the third round, there's no way I could do something in 24 hours...

Please tell me I am not alone.
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I have one page, but it is a good first page if I might say so myself.

My prompts: Drama - ultra-competitive - a senile person, were at first glance horrible, but then I softened and started to like it a little - big mistake.
When I really started to brainstorm I realized just how bad that ultra-competitive part was, very hard to shoehorn into any kinda drama for me - but I got it, I hope.
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forget about format, and structure, and dialogue or anything else.

look at your prompt. Of any of the three things, what excites you about them? what does it make you think?

when you have that, use it as your story's anchor. You might change it later even, but it should be enough to start you in a good direction; forwards
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My prompts fit together too well, I think that's half my problem. I'm too concerned with falling into cliche.

I'll hopefully get something down!
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Originally posted by cheezopath cheezopath wrote:

forget about format, and structure, and dialogue or anything else.

look at your prompt. Of any of the three things, what excites you about them? what does it make you think?

when you have that, use it as your story's anchor. You might change it later even, but it should be enough to start you in a good direction; forwards


What the heck is horror?  It's not that I don't have a fear reflex, I've just spent decades keeping my response to it under control.  Part of the job requirement, in every job I've ever had, it seems.

Struggling to come up with something horrible that's not found in virtually every horror piece ever done.  Ideas?  Yeah.  Like them?  Not so much.  I'll start reading previous NYCM horror tonight, just to get some idea what works. 

Story?  Sure, I can write a story with the other two prompts, but I do need to at least touch on the genre at some point.

Worried about it?  Not even a little.  I'll use the ideas I have, and send teenage girls screaming from the room (my horror research over the last couple days have revealed some interesting gender differences in this regard).  On the other hand, it's possible teenage boys are too dumb to get out of danger.


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Originally posted by breeksy breeksy wrote:

My prompts fit together too well, I think that's half my problem. I'm too concerned with falling into cliche.

I'll hopefully get something down!


Yeah, I understand that part. A prompt that has an obvious response is too predictable and tempting--it's too easy to fall into the trap of writing the expected.
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Hating life. Blargh.

Why is histfic even an option here?

Time to go do some more research. On Netflix.

Best of luck, everyone!
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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Hating life. Blargh.

Why is histfic even an option here?

Time to go do some more research. On Netflix.

Best of luck, everyone!


I saw a post not so long ago that they were going to get rid of HistFic in Screenplay, but you like corsets and hoop skirts so much they left it in just for you.

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Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Hating life. Blargh.

Why is histfic even an option here?

Time to go do some more research. On Netflix.

Best of luck, everyone!


I saw a post not so long ago that they were going to get rid of HistFic in Screenplay, but you like corsets and hoop skirts so much they left it in just for you.

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Glad this thread is here. I have managed nothing. Not a word. Not a whisper of an idea. Oh well  
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