“Every word written is victory agains’t death.” ~ Michael Butor
I believe that Script Frenzy is a great way to push yourself into writing that script. You know… the one you’ve being dying to write but somehow haven’t had the time to write it.
And this is a very common bad habit among writers.
Getting started is a daunting process!
Staring at the white page in front of you that is waiting to be filled. Your fingers hovering over the keyboard because that will miraculously start the writing process for you. Best of all inwardly screaming because all the ideas you had mysteriously vanished.
Just thinking about it stresses me out.
But all is not lost. There are five days until Script Frenzy begins. There are five days to prepare. And truth be told, five days for a first draft should be enough. Actually it is enough prepping time.
The great thing about Script Frenzy is that you have plenty of months before the event to know who the characters in your story will be. What, where, and when, the story is taking place. Do the research. Have your inciting incident, PPI, and PPII ready. Know the beginning and ending to your story. And lastly, know how many pages you’ll write a day.
You see? Plenty of time.
But the reality is that’s usually not the case. So if you have decided to enter this year’s Script Frenzy and have nothing to go by, here are some tips:
Tip No. 1:
Know who your characters are – Do not worry if you don’t have all the details, let your characters do their thing. It’s your first draft.
Know what your story is going to be about – This is essential in any story. Don’t see it as: it’s about a boy who meets this girl…
Know the ending and beginning – If you don’t know how to end or begin your story you don’t really have a story.
Know what your inciting incident, plot point I, and plot point II are. This is what helps the story flow smoothly. Make sure it’s in your notes.
And I go by this.
Make sure to use index cards! Have 15 index cards for Act I, 15 cards for Act II, and 15 cards for Act III. Use them as a guideline. Use them as scene cards.
Let’s take Act I as a basic example:
Since you know how your screenplay will begin, that idea will be written in no more than two sentences in an index card–making this into one scene (the first scene). Plot Point I is another index card, and the inciting incident scene is another. Leaving you only with 12 index cards left.
The 15 cards should be the 15 scenes in Act I and this goes for Act II and Act III as well.
Write four pages a day for the next 30 days and you will be more than okay.
Now, if you want a little more help prepping for your big event, visiting the Script Frenzy website isn’t a bad idea. They have great resources. C’mon, give them a try! Here’s their link.
I do wish you all good luck on this big event and if you need a cheering team or some encouragement feel free to contact me. Writing the first script is daunting but once the last page is written, a feeling of accomplishment will rush over you and that is priceless. But most importantly see this as your first draft and just go for it.
Until Next Time,