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Don
Posted: March 21st, 2021, 1:45pm Report to Moderator
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What kinds of activities would you like to see on the site by way of Challenges, Exercises?  Themes, topics?

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Hi Don -
Here's a couple challenges for thought:
- Take your favorite movie and re-write the ending in 5-7 pages. Of course, it has to be better than the original.
- Write a short based on one of your favorite song lyrics.
- Write a prequel to give a character background or more substance from a favorite film.
- Time travel theme.

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The 3 page Quickie Challenge that James ran a few years ago was a lot of fun.


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AnthonyCawood
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Personally liked the last one, the genre was a challenge for many (myself included)... so more where the genre or other requirements (e.g. silent etc) are genuinely difficult.


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In terms of exercises......

NEWBIE SCENES

I may be getting older and crankier, but I am noticing a new trend among newbies. More and more are posting full scripts that are nowhere near ready in terms of format and structure - you open them with the intent of giving comments and just give up after a page or two.

If there was a spot - a thread of something dedicated to Newbie SCENES - i.e., where they just post a scene or a page from a script where we could weigh in with advice. I think that would be helpful to them.  Kind of - what could I do to improve my writing in reasonable bite-size chunks.




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LC
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Just adding a bit additionally to: Site Survey.

All great feedback, guys, but also think broadly about what you want to see on SS.

It's been so quiet around here lately (Covid, and this past year have packed a wallop) - so challenges, yes, but how often do you want them, what type - Quickie Challenges and tough challenges are good imho, and they keep things humming along... but anything else in general as well? - New threads? Anything else you think could attract Newbs, anything else you think could improve the site in general?


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Quoted from eldave1
In terms of exercises......

NEWBIE SCENES

I may be getting older and crankier, but I am noticing a new trend among newbies. More and more are posting full scripts that are nowhere near ready in terms of format and structure - you open them with the intent of giving comments and just give up after a page or two.

If there was a spot - a thread of something dedicated to Newbie SCENES - i.e., where they just post a scene or a page from a script where we could weigh in with advice. I think that would be helpful to them.  Kind of - what could I do to improve my writing in reasonable bite-size chunks.




Great idea, Dave. I Wonder if it would catch on...

I'm noticing lately that new writers post scripts for feedback, get feedback, but don't (on the whole) come back to respond.

It always happens to an extent, but I was wondering why?
Maybe I'm over thinking it.


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AnthonyCawood
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I also think, and no offence to Don's existing great work, that the email newsletter could be used to do more to promote the site, challenges, exercises and the like.


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JEStaats
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I also think, and no offence to Don's existing great work, that the email newsletter could be used to do more to promote the site, challenges, exercises and the like.


There's an email newsletter?
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LC
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There's an email newsletter?

Well, there you go.
I don't remember seeing one in ages either.

Excellent idea, Ant.
Maybe a revamp of same too. Input from members?

Keep the suggestions coming. A Newsletter is only as good as its content.



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Quoted from LC


Great idea, Dave. I Wonder if it would catch on...

I'm noticing lately that new writers post scripts for feedback, get feedback, but don't (on the whole) come back to respond.

It always happens to an extent, but I was wondering why?
Maybe I'm over thinking it.

I honestly think they do not check that little box that says notify me in my email when someone replies to this topic. If they were coached in that manner, maybe in the thing dedicated to newbies, they would respond more


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I honestly think they do not check that little box that says notify me in my email when someone replies to this topic. If they were coached in that manner, maybe in the thing dedicated to newbies, they would respond more

You mean here?

New member's guide:
https://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-cc/m-1124159895/s-0/

I'll add it. Good tip.
Still, would think you'd notice feedback on the thread of your 'just posted script', but worth a reminder for sure..


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AnthonyCawood
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Maybe Don could set the little box to default to ticked, and allow people to untick it?

Re newsletter, I was thinking (based on some other newsletters)
1) Keep using to announce Challenges, but also announce winners and link to scripts.
2) Have a weekly or monthly digest of site activity,  showcase interesting threads be it articles, interviews, script reviews etc.
3) Share some data, i.e. 23 scripts added, 111 comments made on scripts that sort of thing to show engagement levels.
4) Share member success stories, script sales/options. movies made, other ventures sort of thing.
5) Share interesting links or members websites and the like.

Anyway, that's the sort of thing I thunk of of.


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Hi all.

Eldave has raised a good point, re- NEWBIE SCENE. One that's well debated between himself and L.C. Simply Scripts is primarily a script review site. Thus, it will attract newbies to have a "free review". As per L.C comments; I'm noticing lately that new writers post scripts for feedback, get feedback, but don't (on the whole) come back to respond. The reason? Could it be as I mentioned? - free feedback, and thanks but that's all I wanted from your valuable time. So yes, Eldave has a good suggestion- Newbies should be limited to sending a scene or two. And if they come to the party, we will recognise them. If only for so much for their thank you!  

Eldave comments... I honestly think they do not check that little box that says notify me in my email when someone replies to this topic. Hell, I remember when I started screenplay writing and joined this site. I did not need an email message to inform me of anything posted, reviewed, etc. First thing in the morning... I'd open the Simply Scripts site before I'd open my email! These are your true newbie members.

A message to the newbies. Most "oldies" (excuse the pun that's relevant to newbie ) here on this site were just like you. The oldies before them made them who they now are. And they stuck around to pay it forward. We ask the same of you fine young writer's. We will help you to help yourself become a great screenwriter. This site has a lot to offer those that are true to it.



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Quoted from BarryJohn
Hi all.

Eldave has raised a good point, re- NEWBIE SCENE. One that's well debated between himself and L.C. Simply Scripts is primarily a script review site. Thus, it will attract newbies to have a "free review". As per L.C comments; I'm noticing lately that new writers post scripts for feedback, get feedback, but don't (on the whole) come back to respond. The reason? Could it be as I mentioned? - free feedback, and thanks but that's all I wanted from your valuable time. So yes, Eldave has a good suggestion- Newbies should be limited to sending a scene or two. And if they come to the party, we will recognise them. If only for so much for their thank you!  


Could a minimum post count be a way for newbies to earn a full script critique?
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