I’d finished a draft of the animated fantasy-comedy in late November and thought “Okay! This will definitely be ready for some of the contest early bird deadlines.”
Then I started getting notes on it. Which led to subsequent rewrites.
Then more notes, then another rewrite, followed by even more notes, culminating in an inspired push to complete a significant rewrite before the clock struck twelve on New Year’s Eve.
I made it with two hours to spare.
Bonus – 8 pages shorter than the previous draft.
I had a new draft of which I was particularly proud, but was it good enough to stand a chance in the big contests?
Kinda-sorta, but a decision had to be made.
On one hand, I could still make the rapidly-approaching early bird deadlines with the script as is, or get some already-scheduled professional notes and make the necessary fixes, thereby sending it regardless of the fee.
You can probably guess which option I chose.
One set of pro notes are coming in next week, and then another set in early February, so the hope is to have a contest-ready draft by the end of February or early March. Whatever the fees are around that time, that is what I will pay.
As I recently wrote to a writing colleague: I’d rather have a quality script that could do well in a high-profile contest than save a couple of bucks.