Saturday, 20 March 2010

Script Frenzy



If you've been reading for a while, and particularly if you were around in November, you've probably heard me talking about NaNoWriMo, which I've done three times now.

Well, NaNoWriMo has a sister. Her name is Script Frenzy.

The challenge of Script Frenzy is to produce 100 pages of script (stage play, screenplay, comic script... your choice!) during the 30 days of April.

Writing for the stage is where I started my writing career as an undergraduate, and this kind of challenge is exactly what I need to get me back into it. I actually have two ideas, a one-act stage play set on the transmongolian railway, and a radio play set on a London bus. The harder I try to decide between them, the more I realise I really, really want to do both.

Do you love the theatre as much as I do? Have you ever considered writing a play...?

37 comments:

Amberlynn said...

Good luck with the Screnzy! I won't be doing it this year (again) because of the digustingly big workload I have that month. I know, I know, lame excuse, but I honestly don't think I'll be able to juggle school and Screnzy :|

Christy said...

oh how fun! i have never considered writing a play or a book or anything longer than a blog post! However, one of the things i miss most from my time in England is making a cuppa and listening to the bbc radio plays. i think it is a national treasure!
good luck and i hope you share some of it.

Chef E said...

I think you know my answer, but so many things. I like the London Bus idea! The railway reminds me of a movie hubby rented this past year, Hostel...kind of creeped me out!

Courtney said...

I would do it, but my finals period doesnt end till the 2nd. I dont know if 2 less days would be useful for 100 pages! Good luck if you do go for it!!!!

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

Hello! Came to check out your blog! It's great! Following now. ;)

Lauren said...

I've considered writing a movie script before, and even wrote a little bit of one, but I never finished it. I just couldn't get into the form of the writing. I'm more of a novelist. Lol.

Livia said...

I've never written a play before. How would you say the process differs from a novel?

lakeviewer said...

I have the great respect for people who put so much energy for a contest. Go for it.

http://ALittleAdrift.com said...

Have definitely considered this one before - I have a handful of screenplay ideas! I am going to check this out and consider joining the movement...might actually get me motivated!

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh yes, I've had an idea or two. But the thought of plotting out the details beyond the dialog is a bit on the way-too-much-to-consider side of things. That combined with a teeny impediment called no-creative-writing-training tells me I should stick to pychology and blog writing.

But I am curious about your train and bus ride ideas!

Sew Chic said...

I love writing but never considered doing a script or anything like that...i just blog :)

However, i love sewing and you just gave me an idea that i should pick a month and sew a new project a day so instead of writing i could sew he he he

Stopped by from SITS

Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique
www.sewchicandunique.com

MelRoXx said...

oh! sounds like fun!

Dedene said...

You'll be very busy! Good luck and I hope you have time to take baths and cook food during April.

Tabor said...

Never wrote a play but considered it in my younger days and certainly realized it is a very different style of writing, trying to tell everything through dialog. Requires tremendous subtlety.

Ginny said...

Visiting from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative. Good luck with your writing challenges!

Martin and Luschka said...

I wrote the first and last scenes for a play when I was at uni for my course, but I haven't written anything much since finishing my degree! :( Except my blog of course! Lol. Good luck with it!

Crazy Daisy said...

Oh, yeah, I am visitng from The Girl Creative... forgot to add that in my last comment!

Crazy Daisy said...

I have heard of this before! What a challenge! I have always wanted to write and publish a children's book! Best of Luck!

Katherine said...

I have been so intrigued by NaNoWriMo since I heard about it a few months ago. It's nice to hear from someone that was actually successful at it! Good luck with the script writing challenge! I look forward to hearing about your progress!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Happy SITS SUnday. Your pictures are beautiful!
Anna

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hi Rachel,
I've never thought I could be any good at writing a script or anything but I did write a modified version of Goldilocks once. I was super bored at work! Wanted to say hi and Happy SITS Sunday! Your photography is beautiful!

Anna

Jamie said...

Followed you here from New Friend Friday (even though it's Sunday) You take beautiful pictures!

Shayna said...

Wow - a script in 30 days - that's awesome! I have done NaNoWriMo in the past and while what I produced still required a lot of editing/work, the creative exercise of focusing and writing was terrific!

You can find me at http://LifeForward.onsugar.com

Have a great day!

Mrsbear said...

I've attempted Nano but never actually finished, it is quite the challenge. I've never even considered doing a screenplay. Sounds like fun though. Good luck.

Also thanks for the SITS Sunday welcome.

carma said...

no and no - but then I'm lame like that ;-)

Good luck with all this writing!!!

Stephanie V said...

Good luck to you in this! I won't say I've never tried to write a play. I will say it wasn't very successful. It's very hard to make dialogue sound real.

Emily said...

Writing a play sounds like a great challenge! I hope you'll tell us how it goes!

MJ said...

I did NaNo once! I did it, but it SUCKED, being that I was like 16 and so full of Mary Sues it was hard to breathe...

Juliana said...

Oh wow! This is so incredibly exciting! I am looking forward to seeing you on this journey!

P.S. I take pictures all along the way as well!

Art Garden Diva said...

Writing a play sounds like an awesome endeavor. I'm a visual photo person, having been a professional photographer for 25 years. Please keep us posted on your journey. Happy SISTSunday!

Kazzy said...

I love the theater too, but I leave the script-writing to my hubby, who is really good at it.

I did NANO a few years ago and it about killed me.

Holly said...

Good luck! Scripts are not my ting but I have many friends in L.A. that would be so interested in this, so I am passing it on.

julie70 said...

Do both!

I would begin with the Bus in London then go on to the experience that is less usual here, but who knows, perhaps it offers more freedom.

I read yesterday, the difference between "fact" happened and "truth" experience we feel from them.

Perhaps one of the screen plays will impose itself to you first or more forcefully, by itself!

I begun my "writing" career at 14 with an operetta screen play... hoping as result for more togetherness of my parents, that did not happen, but I still have it in my note book, as I have written it, as I imagined it.

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh Rachel,i was wondering where u were ,now i do :-)))))
Ofcourse this sounds like super fun and super fantastic...have fun babes....
take care and have a fantastic sunday:-))))))

Dave King said...

Why not have a character on the London bus day-dreaming that he's/she's on the train? Or vice versa.

Midday Escapades said...

I have not considered writing a play and wish I see more theatre. You rock for doing this and I hope you are able to decide. :0)

phd in yogurtry said...

Your post inspired me. Check it out: http://coffeeyogurt.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-stolen-screenplay.html

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