Script Frenzy – Winner!

Monday 2 May 2011

If you’ve been reading during the last month you might have wondered what all this “Script Frenzy” stuff is about, but, then again, you probably weren’t as you were too busy making little bunnies

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. It’s like NaNoWriMo (where your write a 50,000 novel in the month of November, an event I failed dismally when I first attempted) but you write a script instead. The counting system differs as while a novel writer could use a gamut of fonts or spacing sizes, meaning their 50,000 word novel could fill an unknowable number of pages, script writing is very precise and governed by formatting rules. How I’ve dumped my writing scraps sort of mimics the layout, but only just. The notion is that in true script formatting one page of script is equal to one minute of screen time, so a 100 page script is 100 minutes, the average length of most films.

Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages wins, and – yay me! – I wrote 115 pages during the month. (Click on the icon on the right for more info on Script Frenzy.)

So what did I win? I win the bragging rights to say I wrote a script in a month. I also won this:

Pretty nifty, hey?

My script (which was also chosen as a 30 Posters, 30 Days entry) is still going. I’m only up to the morning of the Final Battle and, I must admit, am having a bit of trouble trying to work out what happens next. To keep the momentum going I’m sticking with the daily page requirements, writing at least three pages a day, until it’s finished. It might be all rubbish at the end but at least I will have it out of the head and on to the page, and in a few months time I’ll be able to go back and edit the hell out if it.

Ernest Hemingway wrote “The first draft of anything is shit.” Mark Haddon said “Crossing out was the secret of all good writing.” Justice Louis Brandeis remarked “There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” And Richard Back noted “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

Me, I’m with Winnie-the-Pooh:

For I am a bear of very little brain
and long words bother me.

Hope you keep enjoying.


2009 NaNoWriMo – Day 9

Tuesday 10 November 2009

I handed in my script today. Do you want to see it? Here it is:

Bug Business.

It’s good, isn’t it?

So that’s what I’ve been studying for for the last three years, to pin little yellow index cards to a corkboard, and now I’m done. Unless my supe fails me I am now the proud owner of a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing, or something like that. I’ll have to hang it along side my Bachelor of Design Hon 1, and my Clerical Traineeship.  And my Higher School Certificate. And my School Certificate. And that Best-and-Fairest ribbon I got in soccer when I was 7. Another piece of paper to help cover that stain on the wall…

For my final subject, Professional Writing, I had to complete a full length screenplay. Mine is about a conspiracy theory chasing investigative journalist trying to find her parents, who just so happened to have mutated into giant bugs. It’s your basic “boy meets girl / boy finds out girl’s parents have exoskeletons / boy grows pincers” story. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: Not another one! Hasn’t that ol’ chestnut been done to death? Well I say: Tough, I write what I see!

So tonight, as an act of celebration, I popped the cork on that $15 bottle of bubbles that’s been rolling around in the back of the fridge ever since BC and I went to the Opera House to see The Mikado. I’m enjoying a glass as I write this. I’m feeling a real sense of contentment, now that it’s all handed in and done. I’ve written a screenplay. I can honestly call myself a screenwriter. And that feels good.

Listening to Carol King’s Tapestry isn’t doing me any harm either.

On the other end of the scale, NaNoWriMo isn’t going well. As you’ll see I haven’t written for days – the red bars are the “under the daily word count” info. I’ve been using the Script (capital “S”!) as an excuse to not do anything, but that’s all done now. I do want to give NaNo the good college try, so I’ve got to get those fingers tapping away. NO MORE EXCUSES – GO FINGERS!

Actually, there is that wedding invite I need to finish for Brenda…

UPDATE: Knocked out 2,850 words and still didn’t get to where I was aiming for, which means I’ve got a direction for tomorrow. I am far behind in the tally though; nine days in and I should have churned out at least 15,003 by now. I do have a show tomorrow night but if I can add 1,500 more to the word count I’ll be stoked. Didn’t do the wedding invite, though…

nano_09_blk_participant_100x100_2.png NaNoWriMo 2005 progress graph. 2009 NaNoWriMo

Thanks to Caffeinated Bliss for the word count utility.