Aaaah! It's back again and so soon after last year! I'm talking about Scriptfrenzy – that twisted sister event to National November Writing Month.
Every year, people from all over the world sign up on the Scriptfrenzy website and vow to write a 100 page script during the month of April. It could be a script of an episode of your favorite television show, a movie script or a play.
I typically write movie scripts. I say that as if I were a longtime Scriptfrenzy veteran. The truth is that I am a one-time Scriptfrenzy veteran. I wrote a movie script during Scriptfrenzy in 2008 using a storyline I had developed for a suspense novel I planned to write that is set mostly in Liberia. I knew that writing a script would force me to plot out the entire story from beginning to end. I drafted most of the script during Scriptfrenzy (it was 130 pages so I still “won” even though it wasn't finished).
Even though that was the first script I had ever drafted in my life, it was pretty decent. I had a friend read it and she really enjoyed it. She also wanted to strangle me for not finishing the script and leaving her hanging at a very suspenseful point in the story.
I wrote the suspense novel using the script storyline during National November Writing Month in 2009. The script served as a great outline for the story.
For those of you who want to try Scriptfrenzy this year, the website – http://www.scriptfrenzy.org – has a lot of great information on everything from how to write a script to where to find free scriptwriting software that will format your script for you. It also has forums and chat rooms where you can interact with and get support from other Scriptfrenzy participants and learn where the write-ins will be held throughout the month. One book that proved to be an invaluable resource to me was “Save the Cat – the Last Guide to Scriptwriting you will Ever Need” by Blake Snyder. The book lives up to its name.
Best of luck in creating your new script. I'm off to plot my storyline now.