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Old 09-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #11
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Default Re: Halloween's "Back From The Dead" Writ Exer.

8 pages maximum. I don't think there is a minimum, but I wouldn't want to test a micro entry in case participants thought I was being a time-wasting ass.

To submit, no PM necessary, export a PDF of your script and email this to me, see post #2 above. Everyone uses different software but PDF gives me a common format I can then launder into forum posts.

Entries will be posted in another thread, with author info stripped out so they're anonymous. Readers will then be asked to read the entries, pick their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices, and PM or email their picks to me, e.g.

1st - Haunted House
2nd - Back from Beyond
3rd - Burial Ground

Enjoy the writing and deliver a great script that wins the contest, what could be easier?
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
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Grim, funny, macabre? You just rang the dinner bell. Count me in.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:11 PM   #13
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I'm in!
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:19 PM   #14
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Do shout out if you're about and entering... if you're a greenhorn to this compet, most of us do something like this:

Scratch our heads and look puzzled.

Then an idea forms, hopefully.

Sketch out a few handwritten notes, maybe just seeing how some crazy idea will progress over 8 pages, you'll need the 8 to set-up a begin/middle/end btw, we've found it's a tricky length, anything shorter, being a bit of a struggle. Longer, would take off the pressure and difficult to format in here, and read, so 8 pages is the carefully chosen number.

Write it up, of course!

And then be sure to leave some time for rewrites, watch the pesky rewrite time, as it catches most of us out.

Remember that this is also a chance to experiment, so you may find your writing becoming a bit whacky, in a way a 90/120 pager would never be! It just goes like that in here.

nb, the PMs I've had before tend to be queries about what it's okay to to submit.... e.g. ... the poster/entrant has or wishes to begin work on the first 8 pages of a full 90/120 page screenplay. And even if they get to 14 pages, enter the first 8.... now, that's okay if the theme fits!

BUT, I think the spirit of this contest is to start fresh, at day one, that's 1st Oct, and use it as a deadlined exercise, do that to yourself and you will get more out of it, and then enjoy the discussion and goodwill of the feedback afterwards, the best part, for many.

And it all ends on Halloween, which adds to the atmosphere and is often more than a little spooky. Strange things begin to happen sometimes too.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #15
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Oh and welcome guys and I've just had a PM also, so interest is building, Welcome and have fun, it's mainly about having some FUN.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #16
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It'll be my fourth.

Fair warning, I'm reading Stephen Kings' non-fiction memoir & how-to manual, "On Writing." Armed and dangerous.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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1st time - I'm in I have two ideas, let's just see if I can fit one of them itno 8 pages.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:27 PM   #18
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I'm scratching my head, but it's not puzzlement...it's the lice. Other than that, I'm probably in. My short fiction is mostly horror so maybe I'll adapt one of my short stories. On the other hand, other than my "Lady Chocolate and Black Larry" short story, most of mine are psychological horror.

I'm gonna have to come up with something new, aren't I? DAMMIT!
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:17 PM   #19
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Place a tick beside my name for the RSVP please.

I shall be attending, in full formal evening attire, somewhat akin to just being disinterred, shaken loose from a casket and brought ..."Back from the dead!"

One smallish question though; is there a time-limit on having something ready the read?
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:54 AM   #20
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Was in the past two years... gonna try for a third...
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