I know I had planned to keep up my blog but life got in the way. I started a new job in March which took away some of my writing time. I managed to finish a script based on a manuscript I had written called The Abduction. I had written the manuscript back in 1998. The premise is a young man is mistaken for a criminal and abducted by aliens. His only way back to Earth is to rescue the father of the beautiful bounty hunter who abducted him, but falls in love with her in the process.
That manuscript went through a lot of changes over the years (along with a lot of rejections). I had entered 16 contests with it. The last four contests had the same results. Two out of three judges said it was great, but the third judge (in each case) gave me low scores for the same items I received high scores on. How do you fix that?
Normally, after each contest, I would examine the comments and look at the manuscript to see where I could improve it. Then I would edit the manuscript and resubmit it to another contest for feedback. Well, after the fourth contest which had the same results as the three previous, I quit submitting it to contests. I then wrote a script based on the manuscript because one editor said that my manuscript read like a script.
Well, after entering that script in a contest last year, I was told that I came close to finaling. So, I took the comments of the judges and went over the script, making corrections. I re-entered it in the same contest this year (Romancing the Script screenwriting contest). I finaled in that contest and went on to receive third place. Yea! Now I have a nice badge to put on my website.
Shortly after entering that contest, I discovered two more contests for scripts: Script Pipeline and Page Awards. I entered both contests. I didn’t final in the Script Pipeline contest, but I heard from the Page Awards that my script, The Abduction, went from Round One to Round Two. The Quarter Finalists will be announced on July 15, 2011. I am so excited about this news!
In the meantime, I’m learning how to juggle my writing time with a full-time job, my AVON business, and dealing with canning zucchini relish, squash, tomatoes and other vegetables that need my immediate attention. I have managed to work on my sequel to The Abduction called Revenge. I’m actually writing it as a script as well as editing my rough draft into a manuscript.