In an effort to get back into creative writing, I’m participating in Script Frenzy this April. Script Frenzy (SF) is a world-wide writing blitz that follows the same idea as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo); writers aim to have a fully completed work by the end of the month. I signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo back in November, but I was late in doing so and had so little confidence in myself and my writing that I didn’t see myself reaching the 50,000 word goal.
This year, that’s all changing. My second biggest goal of 2010 was to get back into regular, creative writing (blogging as well) with a vengeance.
So in April, true to its name, writers work on scripts for either theatre, tv, film or radio (or there is a comic book option!) and the goal is to have at least 100 pages complete by the end of the 30 days. So that’s an average of nearly 4 pages every day. There’s no editing or revision til after the completion of the project, so that’s one less thing to distract/worry me. And the great thing about this? It doesn’t even matter if the script is any good! No one will read it unless I ask them to, and obviously I’m not obligated to publish or anything like that.
I’ve written quite a few scripts for theatre, so that’s the avenue I’m going down–I don’t feel like learning new techniques at the moment. And I’ve got Celtx, a free scriptwriting tool, to help me out. (I want Final Draft, but at 200 smackers, that’s not an option unless I’m a friggin bestseller!)
Now I’m to the point where I’m starting to think about plots and characters and laying the groundwork for the writing to come. I’ve got a few ideas… and that’s where you guys (whoever’s actually read this far!) come in. I want your input–I wanna know what YOU would want to see onstage/read. I’ve created a poll with a few of my ideas, which you guys can vote on. I’ll get to that in a sec; first I want to explain my ideas a bit as they’re mostly inspired by stories in the news, family or past drafts of other scripts/stories.
The first idea was inspired by a news story a month or two ago that absolutely had me transfixed for whatever reason. Basically, this woman poisoned her ex-boyfriend and his fiance a month before their wedding. She lived, but the ex boyfriend died. The jilted lover who did the killing was such an interesting character, and whilst my script wouldn’t completely mirror the details of the case, I think the idea could be interesting. I have mixed feelings about this one as a play though… I almost want to save it for NaNoWriMo in November. Anyhow, here’s a link where you can read a news story about the case: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8492936.stm.
The second idea comes from my own grandparents who cultivated their love/hate/love relationship in a department store. I just think it sounds sweet and romantic. Could be fun.
For my third idea, I thought of resurrecting a script I worked on my senior year in college which was supposed to mimic Eugene O’Neill’s style involving the family and its intricacies as the central focus. I wouldn’t use the script as that would be cheating, but I’d like to rewrite/expand on it and give it a bit more life.
The fourth option could be dangerous–YOUR suggestions, either in a comment here or in an email. I’m open to any ideas! Though really, if you have good ideas, why in the hell aren’t you participating in SF?
Without further delay, here’s the link for the poll:
To vote, click on the link above, select your choice, and hit vote.
Be sure to leave me some comments!