Stare Into Space

What have I done?

Posted on | March 29, 2008 | 7 Comments

Pretty much everyone reading is, I’m sure, aware of NaNoWriMo. Well, it seems that there is a script writer’s alternative. Script Frenzy seems to be a newish endeavour, designed along the same lines.

Basically, the idea is to write a 100 page script in the period from April 1st to 30th. The average, feature-length script is in the 90 to 120 page ballpark so this basically means writing a movie in a month. Granted, similarly to NaNoWriMo, what’s required is a first draft in this time period. To ask for more is really the stuff of madness for normal people.

Again, similarly to NaNoWriMo, there are no actual prizes to speak of. Unless you count a spiffy icon that I can pop on my blog to boast at how I managed to do it and the sense of achievement at having completed the script. Both seem like pretty poor prizes to me, which begs the question, why have I signed up? Because it’s there or something. I don’t really know. I’m anticipating that the sense of community and arbitrary deadline will encourage and motivate me to great things. Or, if not great, then, at least, things.

Nevertheless, it is a scary prospect. A feature-length script in a month is a tall order. I am deeply worried that my Inner Critic, never one to keep his derogatory trap shut, will chide and condescend so much that I’ll never manage it. I know that I’m going to find it extremely difficult to shut him out sufficiently that I actually finish a first draft in that time. Still, I know that doing so will be an extremely useful exercise as it’s that Inner Critic that makes me ponder and fuss and obsess over everything I write (not here obviously) so much that I end up doing eight rewrites on each sentence. As I go. This is why I don’t get enough stuff done. I’m trying to stop this insanity but it’s hard. I’m hoping that Script Frenzy is the answer.

So, there you have it. When I get around to fiddling with code, there will be an icon over in the sidebar to announce, to the world, my participation and make it more difficult to pretend that I just forgot. In the meantime, there is one below.

April is shaping up to be a busy month. Wish me luck. Better yet, offer to babysit.



Gerry Hayes

Gerry Hayes

I mostly sit around all day and drink tea. Occasionally, I write stuff and send it to strangers so they can humiliate me and deride my efforts. Other than the self-harm to dull the shame of failure, it's not a bad life. Like I say, there's tea.

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