TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of Brooklyn 99: The Amnesiac

Jake and Rosa try to jog an old friend’s memory, while Terry can’t remember who’s birthday he’s organising, and Charles struggles with his confidence.

CAST LIST:

Rosa: Elle A
Doug Judy: Neil Bennet
Charles: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Val Cole
Jake: Jarrod Terrill
Holt/Terry: Ryan Singh
Amy: Bianca Alongi
Gina: Isabel Kruse

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

TV SPEC Reading – BROOKLYN NINE NINE by Linsen Oyosa

I was searching for festivals to which I could present my work. I had no idea that my script would even be good enough. I just wanted to hear some feedback. When I got the feedback, I was extremely happy because it was very detailed and helped me improve my work and of course, I was accepted into the festival.

Watch the June 2016 Winning TV Spec Screenplay. 

BROOKLYN NINE NINE  by Linsen Oyosa

Genre: Sitcom, Comedy, Crime

Synopsis: Jake and Charles try to take down a drug dealer. Meanwhile, Terry deals with inter-precinct theft and Holt helps Rosa deal with her recent politeness.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JAKE – Christopher Huron
ROSA – Tracey Beltrano
CHARLES – Jeff Sinasic
TERRY – Deney Forrest
HOLT – John Lester Phillips
GINA – Laura Darby
AMY – Hannah Brenen

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your screenplay based on the TV show “Brooklyn 99” about?

Jake and Charles try to take down a drug dealer. Meanwhile, in the precinct, Terry must find out who stole his yogurt and Holt helps Rosa deal with her recent politeness.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the television show?

This episode fits into the context of the show because it stays true to the tone and nature of the show. It also shows these characters dealing with situations that would make the most of their personalities.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny, witty

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Friends, Parks and Recreation and Family Guy.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for about two months, taking minor breaks during that period.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written two stories including this one. The other is a feature screenplay. I am currently working on a second feature screenplay.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love comedy as a genre for TV more than any other and I love this show in particular. I had been studying screenwriting for awhile and wanted to test my skills. Since this was a show I loved and watched religiously, I decided to start by writing a spec for it. I also felt that I understood the characters more than I did for any other show. This helped a lot.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Coming up with the different storylines was a bit of an obstacle at first. Making sure the character voices were accurate was another obstacle.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am passionate about Mathematics. Maybe one day I’ll create a show about Maths.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was searching for festivals to which I could present my work. I had no idea that my script would even be good enough. I just wanted to hear some feedback. When I got the feedback, I was extremely happy because it was very detailed and helped me improve my work and of course, I was accepted into the festival.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you are just beginning to write, I would suggest you find a genre you are truly passionate about. Study the shows or movies that you love in that genre. Focus on the types of characters within that universe and how you can use them to help create your own. Don’t give up. It’s a long journey but it’s certainly one worth taking.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

 

TV PILOT Reading: WILD MAGIC by Julie Nichols

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WILD MAGIC  by Julie Nichols

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

A female teenager enters a typical High School and is immediately challenged by bully. Unbeknown to her she has the ability to do magic. It’s Buffy meets ABC Family.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BRITTANY – Laura Darby
JILLIAN/LULU – Tracey Beltrano
ROSSALYN – Hannah Brenen
MARIO – Christopher Huron
SHANE – Deney Forrest
FERGUS – Jeff Sinasic
DOMINICK – John Lester Phillips

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

Wild Magic is a comedy-drama about a half-elf, half-human, 16-year old princess from an enchanted island off the coast of Scotland. Now on the run from a demon hoard seeking to destroy her, Rossalyn hides out with her family and best friend, the impish fairy Luella, in the sunny Mecca of beach bunnies and surfer dudes: Orange County, California.

It’s kind of Outlander meets The O.C.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This show is funny. I think that’s what makes it different from a lot of other contemporary teen fantasies which are predominantly dramas and thrillers. The target audience (12 – 26 year olds) has an unquenchable appetite for comedy, most of it found on YouTube. The characters in Rossalyn are really colorful and fun, especially Rossalyn’s punk fairy sidekick. And the market is really strong. Science fiction and fantasy TV shows just seems to be getting more and more popular.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Fresh magic

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

I’ve watched a lot of the Outlander episodes over and over again. I’m a fan of the books and love what Ron Moore has done with the story for the series. Flipping channels, old Star Trek TNG episodes tend to make me put down the remote. My last accidental binge watch was Arrow–one episode turned into seven before I surfaced. My latest find is the BBC show Poldark which stars Aidan Turner from The Hobbit films. Riveting.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’m a fast writer. I wrote the first draft in about a week, then threw it in a drawer for a bit. When I took it out, I tore it up pretty ruthlessly and put back together again.

6. How many stories have you written?

Countless–from newspaper articles to screenplays. I have another finished pilot that’s very different, a procedural called Southern Comfort Zone that’s set in the Low Country of South Carolina. I’m finishing up a couple of full length screenplays now—a thriller and screwball comedy. And I’m working on a short play, too.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love fish-out-of-water-stories and slamming opposites together. As I was hiking on the Isle of Arran off the coast of Scotland one summer, I came across a little place called Fairy Dell which started me thinking about magic and fairies in the world today. Then, when I was driving in Orange County one afternoon, a perfectly-tanned blond passed me in a convertible, bubble gum pink jeep. Her license plate holder read, “Now all I need is Ken.” Bam. Scottish magic meets Barbie.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Originally, Rossalyn was an American teen who finds herself in Scotland. When I flipped it around so that she’s a Scottish teen living in America, everything changed. I threw out so much stuff that I loved, but it’s a better story this way.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel and cycling. Creativity and innovation. Global warming and the environment. And I’m a sucker for a great love story.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

There’s no better way to know if your material works than hearing it read aloud by professional actors. I truly appreciate the feedback and will incorporate it into my next rewrite!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

The biggest mistake I see writers make is working endlessly on one pet project to the exclusion of all else. You learn so much from building a body of work. You have to keep flexing your creative muscles by writing new stories. Not everything you write will win a contest or find a buyer, but you’ll learn so much just from working on and finishing each new story. So just keep writing!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

 

TV PILOT Reading – CIVILIAN by Gina Scanlon

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CIVILIAN by Gina Scanlon

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CIVILIAN  by Gina Scanlon

Genre: Drama, Crime

Synopsis: A young marine returns to her small Texas town after a recent tour in the South Sudan to complete police academy.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BRANDI – Laura Darby
AMOS/STOKER – Christopher Huron
DR. BURNS – Tracey Beltrano
SHANE – Deney Forrest
MARCUS – Jeff Sinasic
MARCEL – John Lester Phillips

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

A young marine returns home to Texas after a traumatizing tour to reclaim her life as a rookie cop. Unfortunately more than a few unwelcome complications await her.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Female assault in the military, the challenges of combating PTSD, and the way these two issues trickle down and weave into American society I feel warrants more attention, and are topics I believe people are interested in. Plus, TV could use a few more badass, imperfect female protagonists!

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

questionable redemption

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

I can’t get enough of The Twilight Zone! I’ve also re-watched the first season of Jessica Jones a couple times.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

For a couple of years now. I went through a near Page 1 rewrite about a year ago. I knew I loved the main character and topic, but needed to tackle it from a different angle and make it more exciting.

6. How many stories have you written?

Tons! I started writing fiction when I was in middle school, and plays towards the end of high school and never stopped. But as all writers know, most of them don’t stand out as very good.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A documentary called “The Invisible War,” which is about how so many people (women in particular) have suffered sexual assault and find no justice in the US military made me so angry, I started writing this script. Though the pilot of “Civilian” doesn’t tackle that specific issue, its main character goes through similar turmoils and challenges, and that theme would continue to resonate throughout the series, should it ever get to that point!

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I originally saw it as a feature, so I had to restructure it. I added characters and storylines in order to give it more of a setup for a potential series, and to give it more longevity in general. I definitely had people I trust read drafts along the way, which helped in turning it into a believable pilot format.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Kurt Vonnegut and his weird ideas. I’m obsessed with history, particularly the War of the Roses and both American and French Revolutions. International, and national women’s rights are up there, and so is supporting the preservation of journalism. I find it scary that the majority of people get their news from Twitter, celebrities, or websites like Buzzzfeed these days, and meanwhile reputable news sources are going bankrupt. On a lighter note, I’m also really into stand-up comedy and air hockey. haha

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to start receiving professional feedback on the script, and heard positive things about the festival. The initial feedback was extremely helpful in improving my next draft, and brought to light certain things I hadn’t even thought could effect the salability of the script.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Trust your instincts, and never write something for superficial reasons (the current market trends, etc.). Do it because you really care about what you’re writing about, and I believe people will gravitate towards that authenticity.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

March 2016 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch the 2 TV Screenplay Winners for 2016:

 

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch the 2 TV Screenplay Winners for  2016:

TV PILOT: REC’D
by Chris Courtney Martin

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

n the pilot, we meet our hero Petey and her friends. Petey has to deal with training this guy who broke her heart. Her best friend, Leya, has to prepare an assignment while on her shift. We get sucked into this bizarre Twilight Zone that is work-study. It’s like a half-step between being a kid and an adult because you’re balancing school and work. When you’re a kid, school is always supposed to come first. When you’re an adult, other than your family, work is top priority. The pilot introduces us to that world.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
RYAN – Rob Notman
LEYA/PETEY – Alicia Payne
LINDA – Val Cole
DAMIAN – Kari-Michael Helava
GUY – Ucal Shillingford

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TV SPEC: MAGNUM P.I.
by Lew Ritter

SYNOPSIS:

Script Titled: Chrysanthemum. In the 80’s a computer whiz and former army buddy of Magnum’s, fakes his own death to stop the theft of a then state of he art super computer. .

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAGNUM – Rob Notman
ALLISON – Alicia Payne
T.C./SIMONSEN – Ucal Shillingford
HIGGINS/RICK – Kari-Michael Helava

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV Pilot Sitcom Reading – REC’D by Chris Courtney Martin

In the pilot, we meet our hero Petey and her friends. Petey has to deal with training this guy who broke her heart. Her best friend, Leya, has to prepare an assignment while on her shift. We get sucked into this bizarre Twilight Zone that is work-study. It’s like a half-step between being a kid and an adult because you’re balancing school and work. When you’re a kid, school is always supposed to come first. When you’re an adult, other than your family, work is top priority. The pilot introduces us to that world. We also get to see Petey make an adult decision in how she handles Ryan, this guy she slept with last year. She can be petty or she can be professional, that’s where this decision-making comes into play again.

Watch the March 2016 TV Festival Winner

Watch REC’D TV PILOT:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
RYAN – Rob Notman
LEYA/PETEY – Alicia Payne
LINDA – Val Cole
DAMIAN – Kari-Michael Helava
GUY – Ucal Shillingford

Get to know writer Chris Courtney Martin:

1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

In the pilot, we meet our hero Petey and her friends. Petey has to deal with training this guy who broke her heart. Her best friend, Leya, has to prepare an assignment while on her shift. We get sucked into this bizarre Twilight Zone that is work-study. It’s like a half-step between being a kid and an adult because you’re balancing school and work. When you’re a kid, school is always supposed to come first. When you’re an adult, other than your family, work is top priority. The pilot introduces us to that world. We also get to see Petey make an adult decision in how she handles Ryan, this guy she slept with last year. She can be petty or she can be professional, that’s where this decision-making comes into play again.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I think it’s important to show black girls getting to be silly and have fun. Just about all the media surrounding black women is very serious and intense. It feels like we’re expected to grow up faster than everyone else. There really is no Broad City or Two Broke Girls for us. Why can’t we have crazy shenanigans and learn from our stupid mistakes? I feel like it would be refreshing and maybe a little therapeutic for us to get a show where we’re just living life and no one is getting murdered or having extramarital affairs and all that other heavy stuff.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Millennial shenanigans.

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

There are very few shows I can watch over and over but Bob’s Burgers is so fun that I can just chill out and watch it while I’m having a meal, even if I’ve seen the episode before. I can’t even do that with some of my other favorite shows because I usually can’t stand seeing re-runs.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Conceptually? Since my first year of college, which started in 2010. This is semi-autobiographical and some of the characters really aren’t too far off base from the people who inspired them. My Freshman year roommate and I both worked at the Rec Center and there were so many unique personalities we loved to lampoon that we were like, “This could be a show!” The first time I put anything down on the page was last year.

6. How many stories have you written?

So many. I’ve been writing since I was a kid. As far screenplays that I consider ready-to-sell, I have one pilot, two features and a short. But I’ve got countless other things in various stages of completion.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This was actually meant to be my entry for the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship last year, but the submissions capped before I could send it in.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time. Before I decided to move to California to pursue screenwriting full-time, I was emotionally sapped from my day job. Finding the energy to get something on the page was the hardest part.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I care a lot about activism, social justice. I really enjoy any opportunity to mentor and teach people, especially when it comes to screenwriting.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I actually did the First Scene festival not too long and my scene got picked. I loved the festival’s style of feedback, and the entry fees are very reasonable. I figured I’d try my luck again.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I like to say, “Write a script you could marry.” That’s how I answered this question when Loveless was picked, but I realized that was extremely vague. What I meant was, find a story that means so much to you that you have to tell it no matter what. No matter how many re-writes, no matter how long you’ve had writer’s block. Write a story that you’ll be willing to work on as long as it takes.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Submit your TV Pilot to the Festival Today: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch ARCHER TV Show Spec Screenplay Reading from Festival

Deadline September 30th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
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Deadline September 30th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
https://tvfestival.org/

Watch ARCHER TV Show Reading “My Name is Archer Lev”:

Written by Jay Mahoffer
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/jay_mahoffer.html

SYNOPSIS:

Archer witnesses (what he thinks is) Krieger’s murder at the hands of vigilantes, and decides he needs to do something to preserve what he considers to be an important legacy. While he and Lana stalk Krieger’s “murderers” through the streets of Jerusalem, he nags the piss out of her in an effort to get her to let him serve as her unborn child’s father figure.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ARCHER – Robert Notman
LANA – Alissa DeGrazia
KRIEGER – Barry Minshull
GUY – Scott Gerard
RAY/BARRY – Gregory Outram Kuzma
CYRIL – Andrew Ahmed
MALLORY – Susan Q. Wilson
KATYA – Stacey Watson

Watch a MODERN FAMILY TV Spec Screenplay Performance Reading

DEADLINE September 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

DEADLINE September 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

MODERN FAMILY: “CHAIRITY CASE”
by Josh Bressler
Reading of the TV SPEC Screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

Gloria looks after a sick Manny and Jay; Cameron tries to make amends with Mitchell after cancelling a vacation; Claire wants to prove she can take care of herself and challenges Phil to do the same; Haley looks for a place to hang her photography work.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
CAMERON/LUKE – Neil Kulin
MITCHELL – Adam McNamara
ALEX/LILY – Kerstin Bradler
GLORIA – Elitsa Bako
CLAIRE – Val Cole
HALEY – Melinda Michael
PHIL – Nick Baillie
JAY – Roman Spera

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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

Watch TV SPEC Reading of RICK & MORTY, by Michael Kellner

Deadline to Submit your TV PILOT or TV SPEC to the Festival. Get script performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries: https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline to Submit your TV PILOT or TV SPEC to the Festival. Get script performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries: https://tvfestival.org/

TV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner

SYNOPSIS:

Rick and Morty must go head-to-head with a variety of space gangsters to raise the capital to build Rick’s latest invention. Meanwhile, Jerry gets mugged and struggles to cope with his sense of violation.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
MORTY – Adam McNamara
RICK – Roman Spera
JERRY – Nick Baillie
ROBOTS – Neil Kulin
BETH – Val Cole
SUMMER – Kerstin Bradler
PRINCIPAL – Elitsa Bako

Watch Best Scene of the TV PILOT: A THEATRE NEAR YOU

DEADLINE TODAY: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

Watch Best Scene Reading of A THEATRE NEAR YOU, by Jason Reeves:

SYNOPSIS:

We follow Dany and his conflicts and struggles running a movie cinema.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
DANNY – Neil Kulin
CILLIAN – Adam McNamara
SABRINA – Kerstin Bradler
BITCHY FEMALE – Elitsa Bako
STELLA – Val Cole
MARIA – Melinda Michael

Get to know writer Jason Reeves:

1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

A Theatre Near You is about Danny Stright, an associate manager of a movie theatre, who transfers from a theatre he’s been at way too long to another in hopes for a promotion. When at this new theatre, he finds out the possible promotion was a ploy to get him to transfer to a theatre in need of help before the upcoming winter season.

2. How should this script be made into a TV show?

Clerks was a movie about working at a convenience store. Waiting was about working in a restaurant. I thought it would be cool to write a movie about life working at a movie theatre. After writing a draft of a feature, I thought there could be more to it. New movies are released every week. Why not have weekly shows about what goes on in that environment?

3. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

I can’t say I have an all-time favorite show, but Doctor Who and Sherlock have brilliant minds writing for them and Firefly was great while it lasted. Over the years I’ve watched so many shows that were entertaining, some half hour and others hour long shows, but I can’t think of just one to take the top.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

This is another difficult question. I can’t say there’s a movie that I’ve seen more than another, but some of top movies include: Jaws, Memento, Mallrats, The Dark Knight, and Skyfall.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, and James Cameron are a few off the top of my head.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written close to a dozen screenplays. Years ago I decided that all of my stories would be connected in some subtle way, whether it is two characters related to one another or a hand-me-down prop. For instance, in one script one character admires a fancy truck that happens to belong to another character in a completely different story. In a nerdy comic book kind of way I call it the Seveer Universe. Seveer being my last name backwards sounded cool, so I stuck with it.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I would like to have at least one of my screenplays made into a feature and have A Theatre Near You have a successful run on a network.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

My routine tends to change quite often. I’d like to think I start with a simple idea or incident as a seed that grows into something beautiful, but most of the time it grows lopsided. My most recent work is a feature titled Exigence. It’s about a kid who comes home from school one day to find his mother and sister lying in pools of their own blood and the kid is forced to become a fugitive. It developed into a thriller I loved to write. The funny thing is the original idea of it came from two words: road trip. I still have that file on my computer from the first ideas.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

A hobby of mine is building computers. I’ve built computers for myself and for friends and family. I’m a bit of a tech junky.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I did some research into different contests and WILDsound had the best turnaround time for getting feedback of the ones I looked into. The feedback has helped with several of my projects.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t stick to one project for four years of rewrites. Write a draft, fix it a few times and move on to something different. Try something new each time, like a different genre. Challenge yourself. If and when you read a piece of your work and there’s a moment where you stand back surprised by even a sentence you wrote, you got something. I have a note to myself I see every time I sit down at my computer. “You know what you have to do.. Don’t stop writing.”

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WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html