CineMamet wrote:I do. I haven't heard of BlueCat. Coverage is free?
I'm working on a crime drama right now. Enter yours in Nicholl's! But then again, if you don't, less competition for me!
All kidding aside, what do you enjoy writing? I steer towards drama.
Coverage is given to every writer who enters - the entry fee is 35 bucks if you get it in by the early deadline - I think $45 for final deadline. So certainly worth the money if coverage is what you are looking for. A lot of coverage services out there cost an exorbitant amount of money and probably wouldn't provided any revolutionary insight that only they could come up with.
At BlueCat You get about 600 words and they did a very good job of citing specific things and pointing out what they thought needed work. It used to be one of the short list of competitions that were worth entering - but in the past few years there have been so many new competitions and so many more people entering in them - that the only ones worth entering have become the ones that land you jobs (ie the Nicholl and Disney) I chose BlueCat for the coverage, because I could have been terrible and really wouldn't have had any idea.
Depending on how I do in this contest - the Nicholl and the Disney Fellowship will be what I do next year - I just wanted to get fresh eyes on in and gets some comments to make some final adjustments before I went for the big ones.
I'm all high-concept comedy - I can't take anything seriously and feel that dialogue in a drama would be very challenging. I think what really keeps me writing is the humor. It makes it enjoyable to write from page 1 to page 100, even doing the narrative aspect of it with a comedic flare. This one that I entered was my third, I've done a first draft of a fourth, and have ideas for 8-9 more (albeit several of them are bad ) i just keep writing because it is relaxing and if it ever became something more than that, it would be terrific, but I fully expect to work a long career at some news outlet somewhere.
The nice thing about crime drama is - if you can write a good one - they are very marketable without needing a whole lot of budget. I've decided those are probably the two most important things about being an unproduced writer - write to a wide audience, and write to budget.