I have been using the online software WriterDuet ever since the beginning of my screenwriting journey for two simple reasons: it was free to begin using and is an excellent software. Last week I heard about a short screenplay contest they were running over the weekend wherein they would post a prompt and give you 48 hours to conceive of and write a short screenplay. I thought this would be pretty neat so I kept it in the back of my mind. This morning, I woke up and realized that I should probably try and enter before time was up. I took a look at the prompt: a 4 page screenplay with only two speaking characters, featuring a pencil, and themed around the idea of secret identities. I thought this was excellent and immediately began a brainstorming session. I knew that most people would probably see that prompt and think of a spy or a superhero, so if I wanted to stand out from the crowd I should probably pick something more original than that. I ran through several ideas with my significant other before slowly narrowing in on one that I was already entertained with before even writing it. It ultimately didn't take too long to put it to page, and I'm pretty happy with the end result. I submitted it, and now it's just TTW (Time to Wait).
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