Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Script Frenzy

As I hinted yesterday, I'm thinking about joining another writing Challenge. I know, it's crazy. I can't help myself. In November I did the NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in 30 days). When I was finished I hated what I had produced. It was mainly dialogue and every time I tried to expand on the scenes it was like throwing a wrench into the story's flow. It took a lot of stressful hours, and a few close calls with the fireplace, for me to realize that maybe this WIP was not meant to be a book at all. That is when I started looking into turning it into a script for a movie. I know, once again, it's crazy. But, why not?

I knew nothing about script writing, but that's what google is for right? I googled and I bought a few books and eventually was comfortable enough to download a script writing program. I have been slowly (very slowly) plugging along since. Recently all progress has stopped. Turns out my inner critic for script writing is a tough cookie. It couldn't wait to remind me on a daily basis that I know nothing about writing a movie. Just when I start believing this, I come across an email from the fine (albeit insane) people who brought NaNoWriMo to life. There's a new challenge coming in April. It's called (of all things) Script Frenzy .

My inner critic read this email, contemplated, and hit delete. Next thing you know I'm pulling it out of the virtual trash can and thinking... I really don't know what I was thinking. Still don't. But I know I love the story and the characters so this could be just the push I need to finish this. Then, and only then can I really know if I can do this or not.

I won't be able to officially win this contest since I started the script before the April 1st date, but I can use it to kick me into gear.

Wish me luck. I could use all the cheering I can get. If you have lost all senses like me and are contemplating trying this challenge you call find me on the website under KCBOOKS.


Kristin : )


  1. Woohoo! *throws confetti* You'll do great, I know it! :-)

  2. Wow! how cool! I will be following your trials and tribulations with this latest adventure! (I know you can do it) ;o) What a great way to challenge yourself, this will be a blast! Almost as much fun as our Twitter dance offs :o)

  3. As a frequent NaNo-er and Screnzy-er, you gotta get rid of that inner critic! It's the only way to get through it. You can let the critic back in once you edit but while writing, kick him to the curb!

    That said, best of luck with your script. I'm doing an old novella of mine as a stage play so I feel that pain. :-)


  4. Thanks for your comments and support Jamie, Caroline & Hillary. I'm still a little overwhelmed by the thought of finishing it in a month.

    Hillary, I'll look you up on Script Frenzy site. It would be nice to get some advice from a challenge pro :)