After Carson reviewed my screenplay “Served Cold” over on ScriptShadow, I took all the notes that he gave, a bunch of notes that people in the comments section gave, and put them into a document for review. I sifted through things that I thought would work and looked at bigger ticket items that pointed to problems with my writing in general. I put together a new draft that addressed many of the concerns brought up and incorporated some suggestions on how to do things better. I figured I’d submit it to the AAA Screenplay Contest that Creative Screenwriting sponsors and hoped for the best. After all… I had a coupon.
This morning I received notification that I was a semi-finalist. It was pretty cool to see my name again on a results page. They’ll announce winners later this month, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m just happy enough that I got this far. And hey, just by being a semi-finalist I get a year’s subscription to Creative Screenwriting. So that’s a plus.
I wanted to reiterate something that I mentioned back when the Cyberspace Open results were announced… not doing well in a 5 page script contest doesn’t mean you can’t write. I didn’t get past round one this year in the Cyberspace Open, but a full length screenplay I wrote is as a semi-finalist in a much more “prestigious” contest. Doing well in each takes a completely separate set of skills.
So that’s about it… back to working on “The Prey.” I’m on beats 13 and 14 right now of Act 2B. So there’s a good chance I’ll wrap that up tonight. If I can manage that there there’s a good shot I’ll have a “words on paper” draft done by the end of the month.
Until next time, keep writing!
[Update: I got a little writing done tonight, but I’m just pooped from work. I’ve been going from 8 this morning until about 9:30 tonight. I managed to wrap up beat 13 of Act Two B, but I’ll need to finish beat 14 tomorrow. I’m just too tired to keep writing.]