I bet you’ve watched Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows, or plays, and thought to yourself, Hey, I can do this! But life has gotten in the way of your writerly ambitions, with school, sports, relationships, work, and hobbies all claiming chunks of your time. That’s where Script Frenzy, the spring complement to National Novel Writing Month, comes in.
It won’t diminish any of your other responsibilities and loves. If anything, you’ll probably go stir-crazy more than once in the next 30 days. But you’ll also have a network of writers both experienced and new rooting you on and commiserating when you seem to have written yourself into a corner. There will be in-person write-ins in your city, weekly encouragement e-mails from other writers, and forums to help you with titles, structure, characterization, and just to vent.
If this is the first you’ve heard of Script Frenzy, or (like me) you’ve decided last-minute that you may actually participate this year and need to get your shit together fast, here’s our handy guide.
What you won’t need:
- Application fee. The experience is totally free, excluding writing software (see below). Of course, kicking some bucks over to The Office of Letters and Light would be nice, since it runs entirely on donations.
- An idea. One of my favorite things about Script Frenzy, which isn’t the case for NaNo, is that there’s a plot generator right on the site.
- Editing. The point of this experience is not to write a perfectly polished script ready to be pitched to Hollywood execs, but rather just to get your ideas down on the page.
What you’ll need:
- Scriptwriting software, though two are free and two cost under $60, with a nifty discount for Frenziers.
- Stamina. 100 pages comes out to at least 3 pages a day, and you may want to scrap a lot of it once you get a better sense of the direction of your story.
- A nifty badge. Once you sign up, you’ll get to download themed badges for your blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Announcing that you’re participating makes you more accountable, but also gets you really excited. Oh, and there’s also a widget to calculate how close you are to your goal.
- A watch — Script Frenzy starts at 12:01 a.m. local time on April 1!