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Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

07 May 2012

Script Frenzy: The Aftermath

You may remember, in the dim and distant past, that I mentioned I was participating in Script Frenzy in April (in addition to the A to Z Challenge, my undergrad research project, and the other four classes I was supposed to be working on). 

Here's the short version: I didn't win. 

The idea in Script Frenzy is to write a 100-page script or series of scripts. I've won NaNoWriMo twice in a row now, finishing with well over 100 single-spaced pages each time, with none of the white space that scripts have. One hundred pages should be easy, right? Yeah, in hindsight that was a dumb thought.

In real life, scriptwriting is harder than novel writing, at least for me. In order to write about my subject properly (a ballerina in her first principal role), I would have needed to do a ton of research, which I did not have time for. So I tried to wing it, and managed to get 26 pages written. I don't know what I'll do with them.

Will I do it again? Yes, I think so. If I hadn't taken quite so long to settle on a firm thesis for my undergrad research, I think I would have had more time for the script. However, that project was also more difficult than anticipated. (Will I ever learn? Probably not.)

Did you do Script Frenzy? Will you do it next year? What should my next script be about?

7 comments:

Carole Anne Carr said...

You have been busy! Doing both! No, write novels, but I shall take a look at script frenzy.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Perhaps your next script could be about an over achieving student who finally bites off more than she can chew. Just a thought.

farawayeyes said...

I'm jealous, even if you didn't finish. I did the A to Z Challenge this year and it was not as much fun as I thought it would be. Next year,I'm up for 'Script Frenzy', but first I need to do ton of research and that's on script/screenwriting, not a particular topic. I have no idea how to write a script, but I usually don't let that stop me.

NaNoWriMo 2011 was a first time for me and I loved it. I developed the idea that just by starting yo're a winner. So, Congrats.

The Golden Eagle said...

I've never done ScriptFrenzy or written any kind of script; sometime I'd like to try it, though, and I'm considering next year.

Su said...

@Carole: A bit, yeah! :)

@Delores: I read that to a coworker and she laughed. A lot.

@farawayeyes: Thanks! They have a lot of tips for formatting and whatnot on the site. I own Robert McKee's Story, which is about scriptwriting, so I'm planning to read it before next year.

@Eagle: Cool! I definitely want to give it another go.

Tracy Krauss said...

Hmm... this is something I've never participated in. I do NaNoWriMo each year, though. As a published playwright (I currently have five plays in print with three different play houses) I wonder if its something I'd like to try.

Su said...

Oh, wow. I guess if you're looking for a "write a script as fast as I can" challenge, then it would be great! Otherwise... sounds like you have a nice spot in the scriptwriting world already! :)