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Read all 36? That's impressive. It's not your first OWC, right, Dan? Just asking.
Nope, this was my first OWC. I lost my virginity.
I didn't do well. I admit that I didn't really understand the parameters.
Pia, did I give you a good review? I'm curious.
Did you enter it Khammana? Did I give you a good review? There were some stories that I really liked.
I think the 2 Great White stories were from a team up that I saw earlier in the week.
I don't know enough about most of you to know your style or not. Still in the reading process. I know I have written lots of stuff, but, I've been here less then 2 months. Still trying to learn and get to know the regulars.
I hope we do another one before the 3 month time period. I know I'd be willing to help if it meant we could do this again (just a more interesting challenge please )
What I like best about the OWC is the challenge it presents to just effing write. Can't tell you how many times I have ignored the keyboard for days under the excuse of writer's block. The OWC is a good lesson in - hoist your pants up and start banging some stuff out - edit/review - keep going. Long winded way of saying the exercise of writing has it's own rewards and the OWC is a great gym to exercise in.
I totally agree. That's why I wish we had more of these. Call them monthly assignments. I don't know about you, but, it isn't fair for Don to do all the work, I'd totally be willing to help out. I bet others would too.
I'm now employing his "white space" technique, basically.. you just break all the action up into the shots, which is what I wasn't doing... I was mixing everything in with everything.
Basically a way to develop white space on the page and make the reading really skimmy.
I just need to stop trying to get above my station with some of the descriptive writing because it turns into an awkward mess.
Start simple, break things up, don't try and be too flowery but be succinct and clear.
I think the rule of thumb is one paragraph for one thought. Any deviance from that thought means a new paragraph. It makes sense. This isn't prose and this isn't novel or short story writing.
The director and actors need to have a clear direction in what is expected of them. By breaking up each train of thought, you make it easier for everyone to do their job. I see that in so many scripts now.
Max, I've read a few of your ideas, I'm sorry if I never mentioned about spacing out the ideas...
There's no such thing as screenplay "grammar", Fenigus. There are guidelines and traditions that have developed over time, but these are always changing and are to a large degree artificially constructed by those trying to teach screenplay writing. There's no such thing as "correct" screenwriting. Honor the traditions by making your work look and smell like a screenplay, but don't obsess over rules that don't exist. The only real rule is what works best. Of course, be grateful to those that take the time to help like Dreamscale.