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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Something to Do With Your April

posted by on March 25 at 10:56 AM


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.

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Wow. That's one of my all-time least-favorite movies.

Posted by Fnarf | March 25, 2008 11:00 AM

@1: Seriously? Why? I loved that movie.

Posted by Aislinn | March 25, 2008 11:21 AM


Posted by city kitty | March 25, 2008 11:24 AM

Wow, -25 points for Fnarf.

Posted by kid icarus | March 25, 2008 11:36 AM

The terrible acting? The leaden pacing? The missing script? Crap bursting into flames for no reason? The portentous layer of Symbolism laid over everything like a blanket of honey? I HATE symbolism.

Posted by Fnarf | March 25, 2008 11:36 AM

Fnarf is right as usual. That entire movie is one big cliche.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 25, 2008 11:40 AM

Oh, Fnarf. That is the best movie about writing I've ever seen. Not that there's a lot of competition.

Posted by Paul Constant | March 25, 2008 12:03 PM

It's not the worst movie ever made, though. That remains "Sirens".

Posted by Fnarf | March 25, 2008 12:04 PM

No, Sirens was better.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 25, 2008 12:11 PM

A "movie about writing"? What a fascinating subject. Oh well, I guess there's 8 1/2.

Posted by Fnarf | March 25, 2008 12:17 PM

Yes, I expect "Sirens" was right up your alley, Will.

Posted by Fnarf | March 25, 2008 12:22 PM

Creative types whining about how hard it is to practice their craft is always dull and always annoying. I will give the Coens credit for having a sense of humor about it, but that doesn't negate Barton Fink's other staggering flaws.

The Coens are also well advised not to mimic their betters. Their only good movies don't ape Old Hollywood.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 25, 2008 12:58 PM

Given the state of Australian film at the time, Sirens was pretty good. 8 1/2 is not the best movie about writing, however, not that it's a bad movie.

Look: want to write? The sad cold truth is you either have a book in you - or you don't. If you do, start writing, using whatever excuse you need. If you don't, what comes out the other end invariably will suck.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 25, 2008 1:28 PM

Barton Fink, is of course, a masterpiece. I think I love every frame of it and I've read the screenplay a couple of times.

Paul, it boggles my mind that anyone could write a screenplay or a novel (!!) in only a month -- I've been trying to write a novel since last fall and I've barely gotten through about a chapter.

I may be hamstrung by a crippling lack of intelligence and talent, however.

Posted by Peter F | March 25, 2008 1:35 PM

I've written scripts for plays in about 36 hours of work, but that's usually when you have known actors to work with and play off of. A book is a lot harder.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 25, 2008 2:15 PM

fnarf ftw. I got to the end of Barton Fink and felt like I'd been robbed of two hours of my life. Same reaction I had at the end of "White Hunter, Black Heart."

Posted by Ryan | March 25, 2008 2:33 PM

So Script Frenzy is Viki King's How To Write a Movie in 21 Days... with an extra week and change.

Posted by Gomez | March 25, 2008 3:03 PM

Best movie about writing? Better than SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE????!?

Posted by David | March 25, 2008 3:04 PM

Jesus fucking Christ, just make it stop.

Posted by Fnarf | March 25, 2008 3:15 PM

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