Post by nucleusofswarm on Feb 4, 2022 14:48:30 GMT
Congrats to last year's winner Joe, and to Ben on moving to full price releases.
You all know the drill: this thread is all about offering writing advice, bouncing ideas and answering questions you may have about writing a Short Trip. Nothing wrong with at least thinking about what you'd like to do, a few months ahead. Past winners and runners up, as always, are welcome to share what you know.
Former producer Ian Atkins threw up some suggestions for what is looked for, and time has borne that these still hold water in the winners thus far (also, they're just good story pointers in general): 1) Story must be emotionally moving. Preferably with some type of extra 'kick' at the end to really hit it home i.e. the daughter in Forever Fallen. 2) Intimate over epic, and character driven. A chance to really get inside someone's head, and it doesn't have to be the Doctor or companion. 3) Optimistic. Not sappy, but something to do with overcoming. 4) Ideally, not a comedy. The implication being it's not appropriate for a memorial competition, and the writer comes off as not taking the opportunity seriously. 5) Proof read/read aloud so nothing is unintelligible. 6) Death, while effective, were a really common theme in submissions, and made reading them more emotionally taxing, given the contest's origins. 7) Try to restrain down to 1, 2 max. submissions per writer.
(Just to head off a type of comment I've seen in past years, yes - I know nothing's been announced yet, but aside from there being no prior indicator of the opp being scrapped, I think this is just a chance for some here to flex creative muscles and learn a bit. No such thing as too much practice.)
Post by nucleusofswarm on Mar 1, 2022 23:53:00 GMT
Time to do my annual shill for the amazing advice of C. Robert Cargill (Sea of Rust, Doctor Strange, Black Phone) over on Twitter. Follow him on there, he regularly hands out detailed tips for free, like this quick structure primer:
Or why you can relax and play around, still getting a great result:
Post by selimpensfiction on May 8, 2022 22:06:46 GMT
Good luck, all. Get those creative juices flowing! The best advice I can give is to listen to the previous winners and remember than they don’t seem to be looking for light-hearted or universe-ending stakes. The winning stories tend to involve the Doctor’s impact on one or a few individuals. Happy writing!
Here's a question for you... the T&Cs allow for the use of all classic companions - would that cover Benton or the Brigadier? For the latter, I'm guessing not as the Haisman Estate has asserted its rights over the character... but what about the good Sergeant? I know Candy Jar are using him now, with a nod to the estate of Derek Sherwin.
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