Friday, April 1

Beyond the Pages

In the month of April, people all over the world set out to write 100 pages of script in 30 days.

What kind of scripts? Plays, musicals, screenplays, short films, television, web series, graphic novels, audio scripts and more. Whatever kind of script you want to take on.

This event is known as 'Script Frenzy.' It is run by the same creative organization responsible for National Novel Writing Month, so if you have an account on the NaNoWriMo website, you can use the same information to log into Script Frenzy. Otherwise, just head over to the Script Frenzy site and sign up!

This is my third year doing Script Frenzy (I did it before I even did NaNoWriMo) and I have to say it's been great. Both times I've come out of it with a huge achievement and because you can tackle so many different script mediums, you can try something new each time.

All you need to do to complete Script Frenzy is to write 4 pages a day. If you can manage it, try and aim for 10 on the first day when the rush is fresh. That way you have something to fall back on if you slip a day.

If you're a fan of film or television or theatre or graphic novels or radio plays, then why not try and write one of your own? The Script Frenzy website has tons of resources that will give you tips on how to write your scripts. I write all of my scripts on a free script writing software called Celtx. You can choose what kind of script you want to write and it will format it for you, so there isn't that extra pressure when you're writing.

There is something wonderful about script writing. Once you have finished your script, it holds the potential to be transformed into an entirely new medium that even you might be amazed at the result of.

Have you ever written a script of any kind? Are you participating in Script Frenzy this year?

My username on the Script Frenzy website is cinnamon.quill, so if you find yourself participating, don’t hesitate to drop me a note or add me as a writing buddy. ♥

Update: Script Frenzy has now, sadly, been discontinued due to low participation rates and insufficient funding.

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