Script Frenzy

April 01, 2009    

In addition to the April Fool’s Day, today marked the start of Script Frenzy. Like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Script Frenzy is a one month challenge to write a complete first draft. Obviously, as one can tell from the names, the April topic is a script while the November one is a novel. Both challenges are brought to us by the The Office of Letters and Light who’s mission is to “organize events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential.”

Personally, I’ve started NaNoWriMo the past two years, but I’ve never finished either of the novels. Both times, I got to about ten thousand words before I started to doubt the worth of my story. I can’t particularly remember my issue the first year, but this past year, I felt I was writing way too much dialogue and not enough description or action. To that end, I’ve got this notion that writing a script might be more my speed.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading through various scripts of movies I’ve enjoyed. The descriptions and actions are very concise and blocks of dialogue between characters is to be expected, with very short blurbs of text to describe what they’re doing while talking. I’ve decided to take the story I started in November and port it over to a script rather than a novel.

I got the first page done today, which if everything I read is correct, is about one minute of screen time. The goal for the month is ninety pages, or a ninety minute movie. I’m pretty sure I can write faster than one page per day, but it took me awhile to get the hang of the formatting. Everything has to be indented, capitalized and spaced in very specific ways.