You know what, it *is* a bit of a frenzy over here.

A frenzy of scripting!

For the uninitiated, Script Frenzy is an international festival of script writing. The basic idea is to spaff out 100 pages of a script (or scripts) during the month of April. The theory is that it’s better to have one bad script, or even part of a bad script, than never to have tried at all.

I love this mentality.

I tried to do Script Frenzy two years ago, but failed horribly. The plot mutated within hours of beginning; I started in ancient Greece, experimented with a few different historical eras, and eventually abandoned the project somewhere in the Regency period. I was scarred, and skipped the next year entirely.

But in November, I won NaNoWriMo (despite the best efforts of Google Docs’ wordcount function), and so buoyed by that success, I have been strongly considering Script Frenzy this year. But it wasn’t really coming together; I couldn’t seem to start; I’d forgotten how to formulate a plot. I watched the daily goal beginning to stretch away, paralysed with indecision.

Then, yesterday happened. During a rather pleasant cafĂ© breakfast, I sat down with my fancy pen and paper, and began to hash out the ideas and characters that I’d been considering. All of a sudden, it started to fall into place.

Using an iDevice to demonstrate my love of ink and paper? How droll.

Then when I got home, and onto the computer, it really started. Within a few hours, I’d reached the 5 day target, and (crucially), hadn’t run out of plot. So; my first screenplay, ‘An Arrow to the Knee’ is officially go. I’ll stick my progress bar up in a bit, so you can nag me if you notice it doesn’t change for a few days.

Are any of you taking part? Anyone need some encouragement to start? They don’t call me the enabler for nothing. ;)

13 thoughts on “You know what, it *is* a bit of a frenzy over here.

  1. Well I wish I had writing skills; I seriously lack strength in the liguistics department.

    But, way to go!

  2. I decided not to do SF this year, but I love it and have done it in the past. Finding your groove is key to the process. Good luck and hopefully you’ll share some tidbits with us later! :)

  3. Oh Yay! I’ve find another Frezied Writer. I just posted my ideas about Script Frenzy, and yes I am participating this year. I am up to page 20 and think they play will long be done before I hit 100 pages. A stage play is a bit different in scope than a screen play, which the standard says is about 90 pages. We’ll see what happens. Maybe I will do two plays! Hah! Wouldn’t that be fun!
    Blue Skies,
    CricketMuse

  4. Well done, been thinking about trying NaNoWriMo myself this year after being inspired (terrified, talked in to, convinced) by your win with it and another friend of mine doing it last year.
    Who knows maybe the following year I’ll give this one a shot next…let’s survive NaNoWriMo 1st.
    All the best with yours though…am cheering you on from here.

      1. Fiber arts is a recurring subtheme … I always tire of the way “male” stuff is in novels (e.g., sports) … and the only “womanly” thing is either child rearing or cooking. :)

        1. I do often find myself sneaking in a knitting character. In fact, in my first NaNoWriMo, I filled up an entire chapter describing exactly how the lead character was learning to spin. :D

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