Coincidental Circumstances (Part 6)

I redrafted the entire opening. I needed to sprinkle in the ingredients of an explosive beginning. Plus, I needed something to ground Miranda and establish the stakes. My fingertips danced off the keyboard.

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I nodded my head confidently. Now I was getting somewhere. I reached to take a last sip of my macchiato again. I had been nursing it like a cheapskate for over an hour. All writers do it. Some will go an entire day sucking the free Wi-Fi without blinking an eye. I actually thrived on the caffeine. It was time for another cup of inspiration to propel me to finish my James Bond-esque opening.

TO BE CONTINUED 

The Black List (Part 9)

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So I do have an update. Approximately 6 weeks after I uploaded and requested 2 paid reviews from the Black List, I finally got assigned readers. They sent me the below email when the script was finally assigned a couple days ago. Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 11.44.49 AM.png

How doe this feel? I don’t know, a little anti-climactic to be honest. There is not much time before the festival I entered this for to get consideration. I’m a person that follows through with everything, so I wanted to see this through. I’ve been told my novels are well constructed (I plot everything similar to a film) so was curious what someone who reads a ton of scripts thought.

One curious thing to note is how many views I received in the last week. I pretty much went from 2 views for 5 weeks, then jumped to 8 views on the 6th week. This is one thing I learned about the website, yes, it provides a way to submit your material for consideration, but it is unlikely you will get read unless you get 2 reviews, because only scripts with ratings get sorted and filtered to see what is the cream of the crop. I assume established writers in the writing guilds or with representation might get looks, but from what I saw, many of those were protected. (If you want to see the script, contact ___ agency for a copy).

So I continue to wait. It can take up to a week to get a review. I’ll share it with you folks so you can see what type of feedback they offer. What I am curious at this point is after getting reviews, will my reads increase dramatically, or will it not make a difference?

PART 10

 

 

TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 8)

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It is looking more and more like a dead end. Another 21 days has past and my teleplay has still not been evaluated (I am assuming another free month of hosting is coming). The ATX festival begins in 2 1/2 weeks, and I’m sure the 10 selections have already been made. This kind of feels a bit disappointing. The rules clearly stipulated that the script needed to be up on the website for a week by April 15. I clearly made the due date, and even went ahead and paid for 2 script evaluations, but so far, I feel like I am some high plains drifter out on a long journey. I do see on future contests, they have been posting a “submit for evaluations by” date on the press releases which alleviates confusion. I wonder this is why my email to the system administrator when unanswered 5 weeks ago.

How long will I be out here? I have another screenplay in mid-draft, but as each day goes by, I find myself working on my novels more and more (I have a bunch of projects in various stages of draft). I looked up my stats today, and so far, I have 5 views of No Returns Allowed. I checked early last week and I had 3 views, so there were at least a couple clicks this week. I had gone, well, well over a month with nothing happening as the script sat in the wilderness. I try not to complain, as there is always the next opportunity.

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If I read this correctly, it is still awaiting assignment. Wow. So I don’t know. It would be ironic if the evaluations don’t get done until after the ATX festival. I don’t see any other TV submission contests as most seem to be film oriented, so I would have a couple options. First is to pull it from the site and upload it again next year. I am not sure if the evaluations would stick or not, but if rated 7 or lower, that means I should probably take it down to revise anyway. If the evaluations are great, I guess it would be worth it to keep it up for the next round. I could also make movie version, however, I would have to completely change the script. I would have to condense the pilot to 40 minutes and flip around plot points, then change the antagonist. I would essentially take the planned reveal at the end of the season and make that the second act, and then resolve it. It can be done, but it really was constructed for TV.

I do still plan to post the evaluations if they ever do come. Although I had fun writing the script and it was surprisingly easy to outline a pilot and a 5 season story arc, I do want a little feedback with it so I can learn what to improve. I’ll probably be writing a hundred scripts in the future, regardless of how this escapade turns out. Max Landis posted online that out of a 100 scripts he wrote only 3 got picked up. One of them was for like $3M, so his journey was eventually worth it financially.

PART 9