ScriptFrenzy officially ends at midnight tonight… thank goodness! No more self-imposed pressure to complete a project that I really was not enjoying. The first thirty or so pages were fantastic and flowed easily. After that, the muse packed up her bag, headed out the door, and left me with a badly constructed plot and rampant plot bunnies that multiplied so aggressively that the original story was lost in a sea of pink noses and fluffy cottontails.
At the time of this writing, my script is roughly 84 pages long and I don’t anticipate any more growth between now and the midnight deadline. My post-Frenzy celebration will be to print the existing pages, run them through the paper shredder and cleanse my world of one badly executed movie script. Next ScriptFrenzy, I’ll be on the sidelines, cheering on all my friends who are actually capable of script-writing. Me… I’m going back to my prose and poetry comfort zone for the time being and try to rid myself of a warren of plot bunnies. Metaphorical rabbit stew, anyone?
As promised, I’m in the midst of participating in my first ever ScriptFrenzy challenge. Week one is drawing to a close and I’m happy to say that I’ve polished off 25 pages so far, putting me slightly ahead of the daily goal of 3.33 pages.
The storyline is beginning to take shape and as I’ve described it elsewhere, it’s quickly becoming “From Hell” meets Tim Burton with a bottle of absinthe. It’s a strange, brutal affair involving Jack the Ripper and an absinthe drinking accidental time traveller. Take affair in whatever context you like- it’s probably applicable in some way. I’m still not sure how the script will end. Perhaps there will be a sequel? A shriek-quel? Or perhaps I’ll do the world a favor and stop writing punny comments and strange scripts…. nah, I’m having too much fun!
Some of the less creative aspects of day-to-day life have been keeping me busy lately, but I’m back with news about the latest project in the works. During April of this year, I’ll be participating in Script Frenzy
for the first time. This is another writing contest from the fabulous people who have brought us NaNoWriMo. Instead of writing a 50,000 word novel in thirty days, the goal is to complete a 100-page script in that same length of time… also known as self-imposed insanity in the name of creativity.
Can I do it? I don’t know. I am a prose and poetry writer. With the exception penning a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet for my freshman English class in high school, I’ve never forayed into the script-writing arena. As I considered whether or not to do this particular challenge, a lot of questions cropped up, mostly about how to format a script and what should and should not be included. Thankfully, someone has pointed me in the direction of a basic, free scriptwriting software, which should help immensely with the technical details.
That leaves me with only one slight problem, just a minor detail, nothing to worry over. I only need to come up with a story and characters by April 1st. April Fool’s Day indeed. This fool will probably still be wracking her brain to outline a plot. The good news is that I have some key points already in mind and hopefully can flesh these out into a coherent story. I’ll save the details for after Script Frenzy begins, as I have been known to switch stories multiple times before settling on one. Hope to see you all at the Script Frenzy website. I’ll be the one gnashing my teeth and pulling my hair out… just like all the other participants.