Books Something to Do With Your April
posted by March 25 at 10:56 AMon
Of course I love Nanowrimo, in which participants write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. I’ve written about it before. I’ve done four Nanowrimos in four years and written four (increasingly bad) novels. It’s been great, and it’s taught me a lot about writing.
Last year, I did something called Script Frenzy, in which participants write a movie script in a month. It was weird, because the screenplay was much more enjoyable to write than any of the novels. I like my screenplay more than any of the novels I wrote, and there’s a weird sense of endless possibility, that you can do anything in a month-long screenplay, that doesn’t seem to exist for me when writing a month-long novel.
Anyway, Script Frenzy starts on April Fool’s Day this year, and runs through the thirtieth. They’ve expanded their range to include television and graphic novel scripts.
There are a ton of free screenwriting programs on the web to make the process easy, including Celtx, which is a download, Scriptbuddy, which is a free online service for your first screenplay and a pay site after that, and Scripped, which is like Google Docs for screenplays.
I’m going to do it, and you should, too.