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ChrisBodily
Posted: September 18th, 2018, 10:35pm Report to Moderator
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Cert error all fixed. Thanks, Don.

I've been brainstorming more story ideas. Kinda hard to talk about when it's supposed to be anonymous.


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Sounds like you should write about a device that erases people's...uh...um...

What was I talking about?

-Jor... who am I?


Now I know it's my mind's way of telling me I shouldn't be writing for this one.
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Is it anonymous? Why?
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Quoted from khamanna
Is it anonymous? Why?


I thought it was, too, simply because OWC's are. The last 7WC was way before my time, but Sean clued me in that they typically aren't anonymous to help keep authors motivated to actually finish.

Haven't seen any official ruling on this particular Challenge.


Family feature: Who Wants to Be a Princess? (6/2019)
Horror anthology/feature: Glass House (2/2019)
Sci-Fi shorts: Timmy (7/2019) and Ripple Effect (8/2019)
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Do not put your real name on your script. However, please use your real name when submitting your script. (After the challenge closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit with your script with your name on it.


It's supposed to be anonymous.

-Jordan


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This challenge is Sean's. He sets the rules. In the past, when we've done 6 or 7WC, the purpose has been to inspire and help writers to finish a feature. For some, that's an achievement in itself. Anonymity has not been needed, rather everyone was encouraged to ask others for help if they get stuck or have other issues. IMHO, that is important since in those challenges out of 12 or so people taking part, only about half actually manage to complete their feature. This might be easier though, since it seems you're basically writing a few shorts you string together.

There has been some good scripts coming out of these challenges though. After a few re-writes, some of them have gone on to be sold and/or produced.  


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One other neat feature of an anthology-style challenge is a pair of writers could assemble their respective best pieces into a collaborative feature after the challenge.

Not sure how likely that is to actually happen, but itís possible.


Family feature: Who Wants to Be a Princess? (6/2019)
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Quoted from ChrisBodily
I've been brainstorming more story ideas. Kinda hard to talk about when it's supposed to be anonymous.


That was in error as I copied and pasted my rules set-up from an old OWC. In the 7WC, your names, scripts and identities can be made public, so you can get advice and all that good stuff on your scripts. That was an oversight on my part.


Quoted from khamanna
Is it anonymous? Why?


It's not. That was a mistake.


Quoted from FrankM


I thought it was, too, simply because OWC's are. The last 7WC was way before my time, but Sean clued me in that they typically aren't anonymous to help keep authors motivated to actually finish.

Haven't seen any official ruling on this particular Challenge.


Exactly. I apologize for the error.


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This challenge is Sean's. He sets the rules. In the past, when we've done 6 or 7WC, the purpose has been to inspire and help writers to finish a feature. For some, that's an achievement in itself. Anonymity has not been needed, rather everyone was encouraged to ask others for help if they get stuck or have other issues. IMHO, that is important since in those challenges out of 12 or so people taking part, only about half actually manage to complete their feature. This might be easier though, since it seems you're basically writing a few shorts you string together.


I made the rules, but forgot to make that change beforehand. I would love for everyone to get advice from others in order to improve the quality and scope of your scripts. This is not supposed to be private.


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Quoted from Nomad
It's supposed to be anonymous.


No it's not!  Who do you think you are?  

What gives you the right to run this show?
This isn't your rodeo so you better just keep your big mouth shut!

You know it really chaps my hide when know-it-all people like you try to push your dogma on the rest of us.  If I only knew where you lived I'd give you a piece of my mind.

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If I only knew where you lived I'd give you a piece of my mind.


Fortunately, khamanna erased it from his memory so there won't be any conflict.

Unfortunately, without knowing where he lives, he just wanders around... like a Nomad.


Family feature: Who Wants to Be a Princess? (6/2019)
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Glad to see it's not anonymous! Sean and his mistakes...

I'm toying with the idea of a snake fable but not sure if it's good enough. I don't know if I should tell the story here. Would it be like an ethical thing to do at all?
I want to know if I should even think about it. And I want to get an honest answer. But will there be an honest answer.
So, two questions: if it's okay to post the exact story, a short synopsis of a sort. And if I'll get an honest answer whether it's funny (as opposed to fun and entertaining) or good.

What to do. What to do.
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Snake fable? Sounds like the ticket.

Is it okay to post? Of course.

Yes Kham, I'll give you an honest response.

Funny ha ha, or funny weird? Or laugh out loud funny?
I thought it was supposed to be horror?

Is this comedy/horror, you're thinking of writing?


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Thanks, Libby, I knew I could count on you.

No, comedy horror - I love those, but I shouldn't try. I know how that one will end up for me.
I want to write straight-up horror but fearing the idea is laughable. I mean that in a bad sense.

Here it is.

There's a sort of snake in Azerbaijan, cold gurza. They say they are born in 7 and if you ever kill one of them, its brothers and sisters will revenge. Surely they are not born in 7, they are egg born, it can be any amount. And snakes do not live in 7, they don't have brothers and sisters and that's just a fable.
But there's this boy, whose sister died from gurza's bite. Then he learns that his Dad killed a gurza when they were little. He starts fearing for his own life.
So, one of the shorts is them in their teens and his sister dying.
Another - his father leaving them and gets run over by a car. --it's all arrange by a gurza. That's when he learns his father killed gurza.
Next short - he grows up, sees gurza, his friend tells him about gurza and how they are born in 7(this part makes me laugh a bit. What about you?). Gurzas start following him. He kills a gurza. A gurza kills his friend.
I have to think two other shorts through.

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UGh. Can't we just write our own horror feature? Asking everyone to write a feature based on this is crazy.. it take a lot of mental effort... a short anyone can write in a few hours.. but a feature takes a lot


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As long as you avoid planes and Sam Jackson, you should be fine. Snakes can go either way. A saw a snake movie in the 90s that was in the same vein as Arachnophobia. Scared the shit out of me. Might have been the made-for-TV Rattled (1996).

As for my script, I'm wondering if the following ideas suit anyone's fancy:

Jaws meets The Wolfman meets 12 Angry Men. A jury can't agree on a verdict for a man who was bitten by a shark, became a shark-man, and bit/ate/killed a bunch of people. This one turned out quite short.

I'm currently writing a vignette about an obsessed audiophile who suddenly becomes deaf and decides to cut off people's ears to replace his own and continue his vinyl record hobby. It's better than it sounds, and I'm quite confident in it so far. But am I the only one who thinks the premise works?

I have to say my second vignette is the strongest so far. It's a retelling of the classic urban legend, "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs."

Other ideas I've brainstormed:

A bloody retelling of Little Red Riding Hood done in the style of an R-rated Chuck Jones cartoon. An homage to Tales From the Crypt's "The Third Pig."

A horror version of The Odd Couple. Can two murderers share an apartment without killing each other? I don't have much faith in this one, to be honest.


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