How to Participate in Script Frenzy
Script Frenzy is an annual event that everyone over 13 can participate in, free of charge. Participants aim to write a 100 page script or graphic novel in April. You can write about whatever you want and at the end of the month, you will have your very own script!
Sign up.Go to the script frenzy website (www.scriptfrenzy.org) and select the red 'sign up!' button near the top of the page. It is best to sign up before April. Fill in the necessary details to create your account.
- If you are under 13, you can still take part, but instead of signing up under the Script Frenzy program, you sign up under the Young Writers Program (www.ywp.scriptfrenzy.org). This is a version of script frenzy designed especially for younger people
- If you took part in Nanowrimo, then your user name is automatically registered on Script Frenzy. All you need to do is to go straight to the log in screen, log in with your Nano details and then accept the terms and conditions.
Find out more about script writing!If you haven't done something like this before, then reading through the Writer's Resources articles will give you a good starting point for creating a script.
Decide what you are going to do.What will you be writing? A TV show, a graphic novel, a musical - there are many areas to chose from. Also, Script Frenzy allows you to work together with another person on your script. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this so you need to think about it (Even if two people are writing, you still only need to write 100 pages)
Roughly plan what you are going to write.How much you do is up to you. Some people plan each scene in detail, some only a brief idea of beginning, middle and end. You probably need some general idea as to where your script needs to go otherwise it will get confusing. Remember that you can only actually begin to write once April has started.
Take some time to browse the forums.These run before and after April as well as during and it is a great way to talk to fellow writers as well as to get inspiration and motivation.
1st of April - Get writing!30 days to do 100 pages works out at 3.33 pages a day - a completely manageable amount. Some days you may write more, others not so much but if it averages out to around 3.33 a day then you are probably going to make it.
- Motivation is a key part of Script Frenzy. You need to make yourself write the pages even when the words don't seem to make sense. Remember - this is a first draft so quantity not quality.
25-30th April - Verify your script!If you have made 100 pages then save it as a PDF, go to 'edit my profile' and upload the file. If it says you have won, you will receive a certificate which you can print out and proudly display.
After April - Edit your script.Edit out the rough bits (trust me, there will be some rough bits - it is only a first draft after all!) and then do what you wish! Film it with friends, send it off or just keep it to yourself. It's up to you.
- Tell people what you are doing. This is a great way of motivating yourself because you will want to tell them you did it! And, who knows? They may sign up as well, or become your writing buddy.
- Take it in segments. Challenge friends to see who can write the most pages in a set amount of time. Write a page then go and watch half an hour of television. 100 pages sounds impossible. 3.33 pages seems do-able :)
- Keep all of your ideas. Some of your ideas will seem silly but once you write them down you might just realise that that piece might open up some completely new aspect of your characters which you otherwise would not have had! It's about experimenting with those wacky plans.
- Do not expect your work to be of award-winning quality yet. Understand that your work will have flaws, but keep writing anyway because no one's work is perfect, especially not under the pressure of a 30 day deadline.
- Script Frenzy is optional. If you have lots of important tests, or some urgent family business to attend to, don't miss out on these things because of Script Frenzy.
Video: Script Frenzy 2012 Preview
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