Archive | March 2012

Script Frenzy!

So, after getting a bit busy and bogged down during NaNo, I didn’t finish that – but I’ve got plans to tackle Scriptfrenzy this year (maybe if I do that, I’ll be able to actually work through NaNoWriMo this year too). So, since it’s beginning tomorrow, I decided to bust out the old kind-of-NaNoWriMo-2011-blog and start working on a bit for this.

I’ve never participated in Script Frenzy before this, and I’ve never written a script before, either, so it’s definitely something new and exciting in most ways. I did read up a lot on script writing and formatting one night that I was up late with nothing to do, but most of that knowledge escapes me and didn’t seem too much like my shtick when it came to the formatting. Thankfully, what I’m writing isn’t a traditional script for TV/a movie/a play/etc etc (The script will be intended for a graphic novel or web-comic), so I can just write it in a way that I like and that makes sense to me. It’s really, from the little things I’ve written to get a style down, just a simplified way of getting everything down and not wasting any time with it so I can get the story down as I like and add details later. I think it’s worth a try, and maybe it’ll actually become something if I finish the whole thing.

Another thing I’m doing that’s different from usual with it is that I don’t have nearly as much planned – I spent years writing different versions and ideas for my old novel series idea and coming up with new characters that changed everything completely for it, and every version I wrote (only one completely finished first draft, which I started in September of 2010 and finished that December) would change on it’s own, be it the characters becoming more realistic and developing differently or just a new idea for the plot throwing it off the original track causing it. So, with this new story and these new characters, I figured since I was going to be doing script frenzy anyhow, why not just wing it? I’m giving myself freedom to let my characters take this story anywhere (of course, I do have things planned, but it’s only general plot points that I really want to do and are subject to change) and the ability to just relax and start writing. A breath of fresh air, compared to how my other big idea was being written.

I think Script Frenzy will be a good thing for me – I need to get back into the groove of being productive with everything, basically just do more in general on a more regular basis. Having something enjoyable that I actually really want to do first thing in the morning will probably be a good way to get me into the productive, working mood and help me start off my day in a way that isn’t laying around watching the history channel or Mister Ed. So, what I’ll probably do is get up and work on it first thing in the mornings for the 3 pages and, if I can, later on do some more when I’m in the mood. Probably going to start up my Starbucks trips for writing again soon – always a good way to get myself down to business with my writing.

So, is anyone else reading this planning on doing Script Frenzy? If so, what type of script are you doing and what’s your writing plan to get those 100 pages in?