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ReneC
Posted: February 4th, 2019, 10:44pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Warren


Would a script's title change the final score? So a great script with a bad title vs a bad script with an excellent one, are they gaining and losing points?

Iím interested to know how it effects the script in terms of the OWC or do you mean in general?

To be honest itís not something Iíve ever thought about. I great title will catch my eye but has no bearing on the way I view the script. A bad title will just be a title I read and then move on from with no adverse feeling. Unless itís so bad its offensive or something along those lines of course.


I rarely consider the title or the logline when grading the scripts, unless the title is so off the mark that I feel the writer didn't achieve what they were going for. But those scripts are rarely graded well to begin with, so no harm done.

I only glance at the logline just before reading the script to get a sense of what I'm in for, but they're never really close either. It should take days, even weeks to work out a real logline, I never take them seriously for the OWC (which is why mine usually suck balls).

Considering this is the first time I've even attempted writing a rom com, I'm happy to report my reviews are coming in strong on the "whoops" side.  I'm just happy I got close to getting it right.



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Sandra Elstree.
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What if the Hokey Pokey, IS what it's all about?

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Title does matter to me.

Last OWC I read in the order they came.

This time around I've picked at random, titles I like, and loglines that appeal, obviously.

I kept seeing:
Omg! Leo's Got  Leukemia!

Skirting over it cause I'm really not fond of that title.
Turns out I really enjoyed it.

I usually point out where I think a title doesn't do justice to the story. Of course that's subjective.


I try to do the same and like someone also stated in this thread, I thought the titles were lacking.

The same thing has happened to me with Omg! ... I thought, the person who titled that is either really immature, stupid, heartless or all three (apologies ahead of time, but I'm being honest and mean to just inform that's that what I was really feeling and a writer might choose well to be sensitive to the audience) and I won't read it. I'm sorry, but I will not even open it. I have several people in my life right now dealing with cancer, not to mention Kevin on our boards and it really really bothers me.

Other than "for obvious reasons", I will often work my way up or down the page and skip scripts that have outed themselves in the title and the logline and do not fit with the parameters or the spirit of the OWC. One that comes to mind is Love Terror or something to that effect. Words affect people. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but really in truth, names do hurt me. Words are swords.

Also...

We need to recognize that some young authors spend money on contests and vanity publishers. What kind of teaching experience are we giving here if this goes that goes and the other thing goes... Yes, this is not a contest, but it serves as a training ground and we shouldn't give young people the impression that serious readers and judges are going to be so easy.

It's not hard to weed out the scripts that blatantly stuck their middle finger up at the parameters of the challenge.

Sandra






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Warren
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Quoted from Sandra Elstree.



We need to recognize that some young authors spend money on contests and vanity publishers. What kind of teaching experience are we giving here if this goes that goes and the other thing goes... Yes, this is not a contest, but it serves as a training ground and we shouldn't give young people the impression that serious readers and judges are going to be so easy.






We also need to recognise that this is a free site and people use their own free time to provide reads and reviews.

I'm definitely not taking on the responsibility of teaching writers. I will offer opinions, if someone likes it they can use it, if they donít they can leave it. I feel no responsibility, other than reading all the scripts, if I have decided to take part in an OWC.

Sometimes I will provided extremely detailed feedback on a script and sometimes it will be very basic, depends how I feel on the day, or on how many entries there are.




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I thought of being more strict with this challenge and mark down the entries if I don't think they are done in the required genre but I notice I'm in disagreement with the reviewers on what the rom com is. Don't want to point at the entries, but there were several I thought fitting and found myself in disagreement with other reviewers.

Once again proves how subjective our perception of things is.

So, I'm judging the way I always do. It all depends if I like the entry or not. Unless I'm certain it didn't follow the requirements.

I think many unknowingly do the same.
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Quoted from Sandra Elstree.



The same thing has happened to me with Omg!




Interesting - it's one of my favorite titles this OWC. Maybe I need to shut up))
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One thing that annoys me is a condescending review.

One person on here (I don't know them, they don't know me) left one such review on mine. I can take bad reviews, getting a few this time out. But this one got under my skin and it's the type of review that could turn people off writing. It won't do so to me but people should keep things like this in mind.

I don't know if I'll ask the person after about some of the stuff they were talking about, as a lot didn't make very much sense. Or I'll leave it because it matters very little.


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One thing that annoys me is a condescending review.

One person on here (I don't know them, they don't know me) left one such review on mine.


Hope it wasn't me. I have been drinking more wine than usual when reading these lol.


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Not you, Matthew. Keep enjoying that wine


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I have been lucky with the replies on my entry so far.

It's not winning everyone over by any means - But the comments have been helpful so I have already been able to jump in with a rewrite.


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@Glenn, I say forget it.

When we don't like entries we feel somehow offended that writer wrote something like that. That's crazy but I always have this feeling that a writer wrote it apecifically to annoy me. So, I for one get overly sensitive and never make a lot of sense when writing an unfavorable review.

I also picked out a condencensing review on mine but then decided that it's okay.

Hope it's not me btw.
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I donít think, Hope not, any writers on here are looking to offend anyone. I could be wrong. But specifically - OMG! Leoís Got Leukemia. While I admit the title threw me off and may not be exactly what you want to name a script, the story itself was enjoyable and wasnít meant to poke fun of or take Leukemia lightly. So yes, bad title ó but donít judge a book by its cover. Or refuse to read because you think that whatís inside is going to be something that offends you. I mean, it is certainly someoneís prerogative to do just that ó not read. Iím just saying you might be missing out on something really good.


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There is also a review fatigue factor, IMO.

One starts off fresh as a daisy, ready to enjoy and provide that really insightful feedback.

Insert: THE HOUR HAND SPINNING AROUND A CLOCK

Three anal insertions,  two horrors, a sci-fi, your fifth valentine's themed story, the ninth time someone missed a Fade In, the wife yelling are you going to up there all day and one can devolve from loving positive feedback person to - fuck it - painted flowers ain't flowers!!

Just saying, reviewers get fatigue too


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There is also a review fatigue factor, IMO.

One starts off fresh as a daisy, ready to enjoy and provide that really insightful feedback.

Insert: THE HOUR HAND SPINNING AROUND A CLOCK

Three anal insertions,  two horrors, a sci-fi, your fifth valentine's themed story, the ninth time someone missed a Fade In, the wife yelling are you going to up there all day and one can devolve from loving positive feedback person to - fuck it - painted flowers ain't flowers!!

Just saying, reviewers get fatigue too


Can we make an early morning appointment for our reviews?  Asking for a friend.



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Quoted from eldave1

Three anal insertions,  two horrors, a sci-fi, your fifth valentine's themed story, the ninth time someone missed a Fade In, the wife yelling are you going to up there all day and one can devolve from loving positive feedback person to - fuck it - painted flowers ain't flowers!!

Just saying, reviewers get fatigue too


How would you like to be a comp reader?  

I try to read four or so every day, but I didn't enter so I don't feel stressed about it either.



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Three anal insertions)


There's a third one? Looks like I still have 1 more to look forward to lol

Yea, you can tell how far into the reads some of the reviewers are.

Why is everyone hating on the Valentines day theme? It's a Rom-Com challenge set in Feb! No one complains that Christmas movies are based on and around, you guessed it, Christmas


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