By now you probably know about NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month that occurs every November. I’ve chatted about it more than once on this blog and others. But have you ever stopped to wonder what the people who run NaNoWriMo do for the rest of the year? I have.
And I just found they run a similar event for script writers. It’s called Script Frenzy and the idea is that you write a 100-page script during the month of April. A script could be a screenplay, a stage play, TV shows, short films, and even graphic novels. They have a website at http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/ where you can sign up and learn all about it. And if you’ve ever done NaNoWriMo, then your same username and password will work for Script Frenzy.
I think I’m going to give it a go this year. I have a friend who’s been trying to get me into script writing for a number of years now, and I think this year he’s actually convinced me. I’ve had an idea for a short animation running around in my head for a couple of months now and I think it’s time to try to get it down on paper.
The thing that scares me the most is the formatting of screenplays. So I asked my friend about it. He told me that he had been using a program called “Final Draft” but recently switched to “Movie Magic.” From what he told me, these programs handle most of the formatting for you.
So I think I’m going to go get one of those and give it a whirl. If you’re game to try it with me, look me up on the Script Frenzy website. I’m Dmac9000 and I’m looking forward to seeing you there!