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Grandma Bear
Posted: January 29th, 2011, 10:07am Report to Moderator
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I applaude those who wrote something for the 3WC and I promise to read them all.

I do however sense that there was some disappointment with the challenge. It was a good idea to have a challenge to write something longer than 10 pages, but people love the shorts.

Can't we have a regular OWC in February?  Thoughts?



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I would love one.

I blame Phil completely for the 3WC. The idea was great, but I was hoping for a  22-24 page recent sitcom. Meh, I'm stuck to writing horror, because writing horror better then most is easier. And, I'm not that good.

I still love ya, Phil. - But that's two in a row for me. Vegan and a carnivore? I couldn't write that either.

I would love it if Don throws one up. I love that week where your brain churns to come up with something. I actually drink less. A little.

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OWC's are usually every three months.  You should know that.


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Quoted from dogglebe
OWC's are usually every three months.  You should know that.


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I know that...


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Okay then.  See you in March or April...


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Quoted from dogglebe
OWC's are usually every three months.


Works for me. Because this Star Trek thing wasn't an OWC. So, can we have one in February? A good one...


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This was a good one.  It's easy to write a script with your own characters; no one can say they're off.  When using established characters, it's harder to do.

If you want to write something, then write something; you don't need a OWC for that.


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This was a good one.  It's easy to write a script with your own characters; no one can say they're off.  When using established characters, it's harder to do.

If you want to write something, then write something; you don't need a OWC for that.


I'd have to disagree with you on that. You pick a show, that while everyone has heard of it, it's about as niche as you can get. People are either hardcore fans or couldn't care less.

And, for people who don't know, you say it should feel like an episode. If you don't know the show, you have to be researching that, which cuts into your writing time.

Not to be argumentative, but a much better challenge would be for you to say write a Star Trek episode. If you don't know this show, feel free to write a fan fic for a show you are familiar with. I guarantee you, you would've not only had more participants, but you'd also have higher quality scripts if people know the show they're writing about.

Just something to think about.


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At the same time, if you want to write a fan fic of any given show, then just write one.  You don't need a OWC for this.  I'm currently writing an episode of a television show for some of the upcoming fellowship programs.  As soon as I finish this one, I'll write another one of a different television show.

Just write something.  


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Anyone can write whatever they want at any time. The point was that people really love the OWC...


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I agree with Pia and James.  I think a February OWC would be a great idea.  I didn't enter this 3WC because I'm in the middle of finishing a feature and couldn't commit to 45 pages of fan fiction.  Everyone loves the OWC because of that one week deadline and the inevitable controversy about the subject.  Last one was what, October?  Yep, time for another one.
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Definitely time for another one.  The last 2 were very weak and limiting in what we could actually write.

Is it harder to write in a very small corner?  Sure it is, but it also isn't as fun, and IMO, it really showed with the last 2 OWC's.

I say open it up, make it fun, and let the writers write, for God's sake!


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The whole point is for it to be a challenge - that's why it's limiting.
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Nothing wrong with a challenge and nothing wrong with being limited, but there's a fine line and it was crossed on both of the last 2 OWC's, IMO.

The problem occurs when the vast majority of the scripts are all the same.  It makes for dull and tedious reads when there is an exact amount of characters, for instance, or when you have to have a character in a wheelchair...just didn't work at all, IMO.


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The best challenge I've ever taken part in here was actually a non official one and it was started by Martin Lancaster I believe. It was also the first script of mine here. It was in Feb -06 (I think). The challenge was to write a 10-15 page script with absolutely no dialogue. It had more impact on me than any other challenge. Film is a visual medium and that was an awesome excersise.  I even remember most of the scripts entered still.


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