I refuse to be complacent

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The road gets tougher, you run harder

First-round results for two of the biggest, high-profile screenwriting contests have been released within the past week, and the pattern for my western’s performance in both has once again repeated itself.

Total whiff for PAGE, and top 20 percent for the Nicholl. (I’m not doing Austin this year)

I didn’t get notes from the former, and based on the ones I got last year for the latter, am not that curious as to why it placed where it did.

My initial reaction was, naturally, disappointment, but this year is markedly different in what came immediately after.

There’ve been days where the agony, frustration and just plain shittiness of things not working out was so strong I’d seriously contemplate just walking away. After all, that would be one less member of the competition, right?

But that’s simply not an option – for any of us. Our desire to succeed as writers burns too bright.

I may not have done as well as I’d hoped with these contests, so instead of shrugging my shoulders and saying “Oh well. Better luck next year,” I plan on doing whatever I can to increase my chances. With a vengeance.

Gone is the wallowing in a blessedly brief mindset of “poor, poor pitiful me”.

In its place – a reinvigorated drive to buckle down, work even harder and write scripts so fucking amazing those readers won’t know what hit them.

I don’t think I can. I KNOW I CAN.

Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead, chums.

-A new addition and a return appearance on the bulletin board this week:

-Filmmakers Caitlin Stedman and Kayla Ditlefsen have launched a crowdfunding project for their short film Unattainable. They’re around the 60 percent mark, so donate if you can!

-The crowdfunding for filmmaker Steve Davis’s No Glory continues, with about a month to go. Steve’s a talented guy, and this sounds like a fantastic project. Donate if you can!

3 thoughts on “I refuse to be complacent

  1. Paul,
    Did I miss something in this post? Re: The Nicholl – you said -” based on the ones I got last year …l am not that curious as to why it placed where it did.” Do I understand that to mean you did not rewrite based on their notes before reentering your script ? I can see entering a different contest without a rewrite but if the Nicholl gave you feedback, a rewrite might have helped you finish higher. If I’m out of line, smack me but on my end, I was not getting much action on InkTip, so I took a class on loglines and rewrote mine and now I’m getting looked at frequently. I also got ripped apart by the reader of my TV Pilot pitch and now that the wounds have healed, I’m going to rewrite because they saw problems I missed. Take a half day break, go walk along Lincoln Blvd, reflect on how much you have improved as a writer and then get back to work.
    Jim

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