Reader Scott wrote in to suggest that perhaps the blog has focused too much on entering contests and not enough on writing a good script. In a way, that's on purpose; I feel like there are already a zillion books, blogs, classes, etc. that can teach you about structure, dialogue, characters, that sort of thing. I figured it was a given that you need a good script (or three); I'm more about the THEN WHAT? question. But he makes a good point.
The following metaphor is brought to you by the fact that my pilot light's out and all I can think about is that I have all the materials needed to make cornbread and my roommate has all the materials needed to make a bluberry pie. IRONY'S A BITCH.
So, it's the night before that contest or fellowship deadline. You're scrambling to finish your script, register it with the WGA, find a 24-hour copy store and track down a notary. And where are your brads??? You're staring into the oven, the rich blueberry aroma filling your crappy Valley apartment. You know it needs a little more time, but all you ate today was a bagel and a grape leftover from the MP Lit staff meeting and an alarming amount of Diet Coke. Sweet, soft pastry...surely it must be ready...
NO! LEAVE IT IN THE OVEN!
End metaphor. You get what I'm saying? I know how eager you are to win that contest and start your career, but try your best to patient. Your script might still be gooey in the middle. We all do it - we're so excited to have finally finished the pilot or spec or whatever, that we want to send it out to everyone and their brother. But try to hold back. Send it to your writer's group or other trusted readers, get some notes, let them percolate for a while, and then write your next draft. My ninth grade English teacher used to say, "write hot, revise cold." And I think it's excellent advice. Write with all the passion your inspiration brings, and then rewrite when you can be tough and objective about it. Make sure that script is polished and the best it can be before you start sending it out as the representation of who you are and what you can do.