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 café 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.
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.