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I've the ideas for at least eight stories spawned from this challenge.
Although "picking the best - and make it better!" casts a rather subjective pall over one man's treasure is another man's trash I'll enter only one story for this challenge and then submit the rest as shorts next month. Maybe in two months, as I recall the forty or so OCT submissions took us all about a month and a half to digest.
Frankly, for a ten page short, tweaking it for several days will likely not render a substantive plot change for the better. Fish is fish. Chicken is chicken. Beef is beef. How you cook and spice them doesn't make one taste like the other.
I entered two for The Dark. I think they were both good...
I believe Rick wanted as many choices as possible.
I think we can all agree that pisstakes are really really annoying and should be deleted. I also think that with a regular OWC it is nice if we get fewer submissions and not a bunch of scripts from people that never have and never will set their foot here again. However, this time a very valuable SS member and great director is actually looking for a script to shoot. In other words, it is in his best interest if there as many to chose from as possible. I'm not entering so that saves at least one script no one has to read.
Here's two cents from a new member to the forum. This discussion on multiple entries was interesting, legitimate points on both sides. Bert has a point that it might be a little unfair. But I do agree if one wrote several, it might not be easy to 'pick your best.' For one thing, the best is not necessarily the one that might get chosen to make. The producer will not only have his own tastes for what he is looking for, but he will be the one weighing all the technical aspects and requirements of the shoot. So he might like script A, but decide to make B for some technical reason. For the person writing the scripts, he will not know which one the producer might prefer, so may want to submit them all.
There is one thing people might consider, at least I am. I completed my entry for this in less than a day, so I did consider doing another. It would not distract from fixing and tweaking the first one during the week either. But this is my first OWC, and this was the first short for me. Never heard the term 'pisstake' before, but I don't want to submit one, and certainly not more than one! So as a new member and new writer, I will stick to one entry, and work on something else unrelated. But for more established writers, and people of longstanding membership here, where Scar is looking for as big a selection of stories as they can get, maybe they should be encouraged to submit extra work.
Just a thought to add: I love the contest, and the experience of writing a short was very helpful in learning this craft. Thanks for doing it.
The horror challenges are always quite large. I've gotten a sense of it over the years, and I can tell you now this will crack 50 easy -- even without the double-dippers.
I don't think so. Don hasn't mentioned it on the home page. I think that's where we get a lot of new people entering scripts.
To you new guys out there that are taking part, just so you know, receiving feedback and giving nothing in return is hated even more than entering a pisstake. If you enter a script, be sure to read other entries and make comments.
And yes, PISSTAKE is an original SS word...forgot who came up with it though, but we're keeping it.
Always thought it was stevie...but he probably just brought the term to the OWC. And the word has been around and not just on SS. Seems like it's used a bit with sports. Since Andrew used it, it's probably British - not Aussie.