Going Into a Script Frenzy

For a writer, one of the biggest challenges is actually sitting down and facing off against the blank page, or screen if you’ve ditched your typewriter for a trendier, more electronic word processing unit! When I sit down to start writing, I find myself daunted by all the white space that occupies my screen. Once that happens, the motivation kind of deteriorates and then I get distracted by the various web services that call to me on a continual basis (thanks, Friendfeed, twitter, etc). In short, I don’t get a lot of writing done.

But I was pointed to an interesting site from John August’s blog that might just cure my Writer’s Block: Script Frenzy. Think, NaNoWriMo for screenplays. Within 30 days of April, everyone who signs up for the site will be writing toward a goal of 100 script pages. Sounds pretty neat, actually. So much so that I’ve signed up and am going to be participating this year. I’ve already come up with the story I’m going to write and am pretty much going to free style this script come April 1st.

If you’re into screenwriting even in the slightest, I’d suggest giving it a try. It will be a fun challenge, and you get 100 pages of…well…something that can be molded into your finest work ever, at least. If you do sign up, look me up. Movieguyjon, as usual!

Here’s some particulars about the script I plan on writing for Script Frenzy:

Title: Year of the Con
Genre: Comedy
Logline: Frustrated with the lackluster conventions in their area, four friends decide to create their own Super Con and turn it into the biggest event of the year.

You can keep up to date with my script via this blag or through my Script Frenzy profile. I plan on making my script profile on the site more complete by the end of the month.

Can’t wait!

  • Interesting! Having a deadline and a stretching-but-doable target does help you to get things done. Especially when the distractions are all too persuasive.

    Now I have to weigh up whether trying to do this would actually be a form of avoiding the other things I'm supposed to be doing. Probably, it would be. But I like your idea and I hope you keep posting on how you're doing. I always love to read about people in the throws of artistic endeavour.

  • Oh for sure. I'm thinking about making updates throughout the week as I get more pages done, and even venting about the frustrations of writing as the month progresses. Lol, by the end you'll be like “I thought he'd never shut UP!” :D

  • Interesting! Having a deadline and a stretching-but-doable target does help you to get things done. Especially when the distractions are all too persuasive.

    Now I have to weigh up whether trying to do this would actually be a form of avoiding the other things I’m supposed to be doing. Probably, it would be. But I like your idea and I hope you keep posting on how you’re doing. I always love to read about people in the throws of artistic endeavour.

    • Oh for sure. I’m thinking about making updates throughout the week as I get more pages done, and even venting about the frustrations of writing as the month progresses. Lol, by the end you’ll be like “I thought he’d never shut UP!” :D

      • :) Possibly – I use Twitter and my blog for similar venting but no-one has actually come out and told me stop (even if they have been thinking it really hard…!).

  • :) Possibly – I use Twitter and my blog for similar venting but no-one has actually come out and told me stop (even if they have been thinking it really hard…!).

  • Interesting! Having a deadline and a stretching-but-doable target does help you to get things done. Especially when the distractions are all too persuasive.

    Now I have to weigh up whether trying to do this would actually be a form of avoiding the other things I'm supposed to be doing. Probably, it would be. But I like your idea and I hope you keep posting on how you're doing. I always love to read about people in the throws of artistic endeavour.

  • Oh for sure. I'm thinking about making updates throughout the week as I get more pages done, and even venting about the frustrations of writing as the month progresses. Lol, by the end you'll be like “I thought he'd never shut UP!” :D

  • :) Possibly – I use Twitter and my blog for similar venting but no-one has actually come out and told me stop (even if they have been thinking it really hard…!).