Waiting for Go

I hate waiting. I am an extremely impatient person. The acquiring of a smartphone was such a blessing because I finally had something to do while waiting for appointments, friends to show, trains to arrive. Right now, I'm waiting to hear back from six different writing opportunities. Two - Laughing Stock and Phill Barron - have graciously kept me updated at regular intervals. Another is one of my friends, who I know has started a new job. One month of waiting down, probably another one to go. There's a competition I submitted for that I haven't heard a whisper from, so I'm assuming a silent rejection on that front. And then someone I hit up for a short collaboration and an answer to a Mandy.com ad, which left my inbox barely two days ago. Obviously, I'm not expecting a response to those just yet, but they're adding to my pile. Surely, someone wants to e-mail me! Then I remember that it's Saturday and normal people have lives. Time...
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Comfest Comedy

Woop! My logline entry for #comfest - the Twitter competition for the London Comedy Writers Festival - charted #9! Den of Geeks: A group of gamers are losing their geeky girl to rowers and fight to reclaim her with conventions, comics and cunning #comfest This idea? Came to me on the District Line. Recorded as an Evernote voice memo. Writing on the move, people! Congratulations to the other awesome logliners in the top 25 and the winner, Josh Merritt....
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Make ’em laugh

Two short, sweet screenwriting comps courtesy of the London Comedy Screenwriters Festival: British brevity your speciality? Laugh A Minute Competition - one page of comedy gold, win a festival ticket and fifty quid. Too long-winded for you? Try #comedyswf Twitfest - a comedy logline in a single Tweet. Take three rolls of the dice - and you could come away with a golden festival ticket and a stack of Script Secret CDs. And if you need tips on how to make comedy gold (and how I wish I'd had this when I was writing my Laughing Stock entry!), Lucy Vee has written a cracking (up) post on how comedy dialogue may not be all that: Comedy: It’s All In The Delivery… Of Everything!!....
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Density and Comedy

In my ongoing struggle with original voice, I spotted similar questions from readers of TBSR about blocky action paragraphs. I have issues in Steampunk Assassins with scenes where my protagonist is with his partner - who is completely silent. Therefore, all his dialogue is replaced by action paragraphing. That adds up to a lot of bulk. Trying to cut that down without losing the sense of the scene is proving very challenging. Bitter also links to one of Scott's posts where he describes WALL-E's haiku-style paragraphing. He does make the legitimate point, however, that it has to suit the tone of your film. Robot drama, yes. Rom Com...perhaps not. Now for something completely different: Laughing Stock 2011 - BBC comedy competition for those without a network commission (i.e. awesome funny newbies). 15-30min script plus one-page series outline. Winner takes a comedy masterclass and a one-week intensive development session. Closing Date: Monday 21st February 2011. Well worth a look. I do love my BBC....
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Competition short shorts

I was a hyperactive child. This should surprise absolute no one who's seen the list of projects I've been "working on" this year. When it comes right down to it, I don't have a single finished, polished script. This is a Very Bad Thing. However, I am determined that Steampunk Assassins looks good by Christmas. Preferably, the Military Monster pilot should also be screen-ready. But...these little short-short competitions keep distracting me! First, there was London Screenwriters Festival Short. That one is a day away from readiness and the deadline is Friday. Then, Kulvinder Gill's post about October Opportunities drew my attention to Crash Pad - take a news story, write five pages with two characters, submit by Monday 18th October. And now Kid In The Front Row Screenwriting Competition 2010. Which, on the surface, looks amazing but the limitations on the thing are crazy! There are named characters, named locations and a line of dialogue to include. And the deadline is Thursday 21st October. Meanwhile, my other...
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One True Love: TV

As I continue to await feedback on my Steampunk Assassins re-draft and plod onward with my Old!Robin Hood attempt, my pet editor drew my attention to Red Planet's competition. The brief is to write an original sixty minute pilot or play for television. Television is my love. I adore TV. At the moment, I'm crushing on Doctor Who, Glee, Merlin, and Castle. Past loves include The West Wing and Battlestar Galactica. Therefore, there was no way I was going to turn down this competition, no matter how many other projects I have on the go! My first idea was for a British space agency comedy-drama, but I realised that the season plan wouldn't really go anywhere and that hit a dead end. Then, I picked up my trusty Save the Cat book and out fell an old page of notes for a film I was planning in 2008. A film I later decided would be a much better TV series...and therefore abandoned. After a quick...
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