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Posted: October 10th, 2011, 11:12pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from leitskev
I was not suggesting it can't be done that way. Just that you put yourself at a disadvantage. Let's compare the old typewriter days. Yeah, you can do it that way, but if you want to make an adjustment on one line of one page, it might require you to retype everything after it. So the idea of rewriting a script would be very different. Granted, I supposed this encourages a certain discipline, but my guess is this is far, far outweighed by the efficiency of using a computer. There were also probably times where a writer decided against certain changes simply because he didn't want to retype the whole script.



Well, actually they'd just have to retype the page. If the changes meant that the text on the page would move to the next page, they'd simply put an extra page with the stuff that didn't fit. You see it a lot in older, typewritten, scripts. It's full of pages with only a single line of dialogue or a couple of action elements. The extra pages would be numbered differently so that they didn't affect the page count.

Still, quite a hassle.


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I really never imagined this would be something people would argue. I was just trying to give what I assume is a new writer a tip. It's none of my affair how people want to write. If someone thinks writing was better in the days before electricity, then by all means, write by candle. I personally have found software a great help, even though the program I use is very buggy. Most people seem to use software. But whatever works for folks, I'm cool with it.
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Posted: October 10th, 2011, 11:39pm Report to Moderator
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It's tough to be a ghost. You need or want something that you can't obtain without help from a person. Course, you have to let that person know that 1.) you are there and 2.) You need their help. Now, if that person doesn't particularly believe in ghosts or chooses to not help, well, dang it, sometimes you gotta rattle some windows or levitate some cleaning products (true story) in order to get their attention. Even then, your chances are not real good...

Excellent challenge topic!


Blakkwolfe!!!! You're still here!!!

I remember your flavour of script. I hope you will join in this next challenge. You're writing is par excellente!

Sandra



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Quoted from leitskev
I really never imagined this would be something people would argue.


How is this an argument? I think hearing about the various tools people use for the craft is extremely interesting.


The act of writing is a quest to put a hundred thousand words to a cunning order.
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I had something I thought could work, but the more I think about it, the more I think it's too big of an idea for a short


This is what's happening with me, too...

I think I may have found a way to shorten it now though.





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Quoted from CindyLKeller

I think I may have found a way to shorten it now though.


Awesome, congrats Any tips for me?
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I thought a gothic horror would be perfect for many writers on this site. Since joining all I seem to find is scripts of a violent essence, with one or two exceptions.

If SS writers really want a hard topic I think it would be this;

1)The genre is;  rom com

2) it has to have;  a happy ending

3) and, just for fun, you have to use the line, "I love you as much as my poodle".

Now that's a challenge.

Better start thinking about my horror number!!

Cheers RD


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Watching a rom com would be a far greater challenge. An ordeal even....


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Quoted from stevie
Watching a rom com would be a far greater challenge. An ordeal even....

Around here not if it were a romcom between a couple both afflicted with borderline personality disorder sharing their first joint capture, torture, mutilation and horrible slow murder of a couple of sappy do-gooder Christians after being fed their poodle rotisseried over a stack of Watchtower booklets.


Sam licks his fingers.
SAM - I'll be damned.
BETH - What?
SAM - Christians also taste like chicken.
Beth carves with a bread knife another huge flap of buttock off the gagged and screaming female.
BETH - Look, Honey! I'm turning the other cheek!
Both laugh then hump like rabbits silhouetted by firelight.


Now, ain't that some romantic comedy?  




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True. It would actually be funnier than a rom-com.


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I'm the opposite, I usually watch movies or read to escape from the worlds problems and negativity.
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Quoted from leitskev
If someone thinks writing was better in the days before electricity, then by all means, write by candle.


To be fair, Shakespeare wrote in the days before electricity, and it didn't seem to do him any harm...


Guess who's back? Back again?
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Yes, Jonny, and I mentioned that in my post previous to that. To be fair.


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Shakespeare is the pinnacle of writing in the English language. But if the Bard were around today, I suspect he would be more than happy to have a typewriter, and even happier with a computer. _Leitskev
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Yes, Jonny, and I mentioned that in my post previous to that. To be fair.



Maybe he is around today, Kevin. Maybe he's you.  

You know, I've read a lot of posts as a precursor to this one discussing "too big" and "length" that overstretches 10-12 pages.

I have the same problem. I was ok. I had somewhat of a story and within the measured gap; however, I kept writing. Just working along. Here and there and everywhere and I wound up with 16 pages.

Then I used Montage. Then I stripped dialogue even more and my dialogue wasn't bad in the first place. I will keep working this and I hope I have enough time to submit for this challenge. I don't want to enter crap. At least to me, it can't be crap.

I'm worlds away from the feature I'm working on, but it's good in many ways.

If any of you are having difficulties, just know...

I'm really taxed. Literally. You'll figure it out.  

Sandra



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Romance is always an element of Gothic Horror.


I have peculiar romance in mine. It's an element I have worked hard on.
An element I've personally experienced in my own life.

I hope to qualify.

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