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A young mother panics when her husband and son disappear on a weekend bonding trip to an isolated cabin. Police report her husband was found dead, his car mangled at the bottom of a ravine, but there is no sign of her son. Her desperate search for answers leads her ever closer to confronting a secret past she hoped would stay buried.

This was my first screenplay. Wait… That’s not really true. Disincarnate was the first and was actually filmed. But Maniacal was the first serious attempt I had made at writing a screenplay that I didn’t intend to go film out in the barn.Oh how good I thought it was too!

I was a long time member on a site called TriggerStreet, where short videos and scripts were peer reviewed, and I anxiously uploaded. I had experienced good feedback on my short vids and expected to be welcomed into the script writing side of the operation with a loving embrace. I was mercilessly beaten down. “Show, don’t tell”, “Too wordy”, ‘You can’t do that”.

I dove in with all my energy and learned, practiced, re-wrote. Finally my script was up for screenplay of the month and won a professional review from Scriptshark.

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Title: Maniacal
Class: Fiction
Type: Script
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Genre(s): WIP
Author: Richard C. Crossley
Publisher: Crossley Endeavors
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  • Member 1 -- Maniacal made my palms sweat

    I think it’s a great idea, and no accident, that the actual review content is put last in these submissions. By the time you get here, you have really clarified in your own mind what you think of the work overall, and why. I think it would be a great idea to actually use this review form itself, completed, to serve as a guide to its own completion! Bottom line. This was a winner for me. Great job.

    Bottoms up!

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