You may have heard of Nanowrimo, the crazy write-a-novel-in-a-month challenge that takes place every November. For those of you who tried Nanowrimo and enjoyed it, or even for those of you who didn’t but like to write, Nanowrimo has a sister challenge in April called Script Frenzy. The goal of Script Frenzy is to write – you guessed it – a script. Specifically, a 100-page script in the 30 days between April 1st and April 30th. The type of script is completely up to you. It can be anything from a TV script to a screenplay to a stage play. You can even write more than one, as long as the total comes to at least 100 pages. All that matters is the page count.
Like Nanowrimo, this sounds like a crazy idea at best, a horrible idea at worst. It’s not. The whole point is to sit down and write something that you may never write otherwise. It is quantity over quality; no one has to read your script unless you want them to. There are no prizes for best script, just a winner’s certificate for anyone and everyone who reaches the goal of 100 pages. Yes, at times, this means writing badly just to fill pages. Still, writing badly is better than not writing at all. And sometimes you come up with something surprisingly good.
Don’t worry if you’ve never written a script before. Most people haven’t the first time, oddly enough. Don’t worry if you don’t have a plot. Really, you don’t need one. If you have a good idea, great. More power to you. But if you haven’t got the first clue where to begin, that’s completely okay. Just start writing something. Imagine a random person you vaguely know, and put him or her down in some kind of a setting – a coffee shop, a boat, a desert island, the moon – and start writing. Something will happen.
So what exactly do you gain from Script Frenzy? There’s of course the obvious self-congratulation, and a newly written script taking up space on your hard drive. You’ll gain a newfound appreciation for movies, especially the good ones. Writing a script will improve your dialogue-writing abilities a lot. And you also gain major bragging rights. Even if you don’t finish, chances are you’ll learn something, even if it is just that you will never write a script again.
For more information, and to sign up, go to www.scriptfrenzy.org. You can sign up anytime between now and April 30th at 11:59 pm your local time. See you there!
~Amelia, Teen Center Advisor