Our writing

red pen 760505I very rarely let you know about my writing, usually because I do so little of it. I can call myself a writer because I write (and so can you). I can call myself an author because I’ve been published (by someone other than myself)… and so can you if that’s the case, even if just online rather than in print… so this post is so we can report what we have done and have planned. Yes, ‘we’ as in you and me, not myself and whichever alter ego is hanging around at the time. 🙂

This is our opportunity to share with the world… OK, 1200+ subscribers and 7000+ followers of this blog… how your writing (or other writing-related events) is going. It’s not an opportunity to tout for sales.

In no more than 150 words (total), tell us (via the comments box* – you can use the template below – or the form at the end) what you’ve written to-date, a little about your current WIP (if you not superstitious – some authors are) and what you have planned for the next few weeks. You can include up to two links: one for your website (if you have one) and a purchase link. As I said, no touting, so that’s as touty as you can get. Anything other than the requested information will be trimmed. 🙂 *NB don’t include your email address if leaving the details within the comments section unless you want it to appear publicly. It won’t be included if submitted via the form unless you specifically wish it (let me know via the to-date, WIP or planned boxes).

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Script Frenzy: 100+ pages every April

Do you write scripts but just don’t have the time? Have you ever wanted to write a script but just… if you have, then next month may just see you doing that.

Script Frenzy is the sister organisation of NaNoWriMo and rather than NaNo’s 50,000 words in a month, Script Frenzy’s aim is to write 100 pages of script every April. Sounds easy? If you’re anything like me, if you tell yourself you’re going to do something then you’ll do it. And I did. NaNoWriMo four times (2008-2011) and Script Frenzy once, in April 2010 (in my case notching up just over 15,000 words). Whilst I found it an interesting exercise, it’s not made me want to be a scriptwriter, although it has made me appreciate the work that goes into each film I watch, and sometimes I imagine it written as a script but then that’s the analyst in me. I liked the story I came out with so a little later I converted it into the beginning of a novel.

The rule is the same in both projects; you can plot as much as you like before the beginning of the month (November for NaNoWriMo and April for Script Frenzy) but you can’t start writing the actual story until the 1st then it’s pens down (or fingers off keyboard) as the month ends and while you’re doing it you can keep score online, chat to others doing the same thing and a lot of people meet up. I won’t be doing Script Frenzy this year but I may well use the time structure to do some serious editing word count to one of the four novels I have as yet unfinished (having forgotten about unrelated NaNoEdMo this month).

So, to Script Frenzy. The home page helpfully tells you that you (currently) have 19 days left before kick-off beneath which is a wonderful plot machine which can be used for any project, not just Script Frenzy. Below that are their latest two announcements then a short trailer promo video made by some of their Young Writers Programme participants. On the right is their donations monitor (it’s how the keep the whole thing running), a competition to win goodies including a playbill signed by the cast of the new Broadway comedy Seminar: Alan Rickman (Yes, the Alan Rickman!), Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, Hettienne Park, and Jerry O’Connell. Then there’s their latest two blog posts including one entitled ‘Robert McKee’s Sculpting the Shape of the Story’ then beneath that their Twitter feed which is almost constantly changing. At the bottom there is a link to What Is Script Frenzy which basically says what I’ve said here and includes the following rules:

  1. To be crowned an official Script Frenzy winner, you must write a script (or multiple scripts) of at least 100 total pages and verify this tally on ScriptFrenzy.org.
  2. You may write individually or with a partner. Writing teams will have a 100-page total goal for their co-written script or scripts.
  3. Scriptwriting may begin no earlier than 12:00:01 AM on April 1 and must cease no later than 11:59:59 PM on April 30, local time*.
  4. You may write screenplays, stage plays, web series, TV shows, short films, comic book and graphic novel scripts, adaptations of novels, or any other type of script your heart desires.
  5. You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.

* They’re based in San Francisco, USA.

It’s completely free to do. Just go to the Script Frenzy website, sign up and set up your profile. If you know what you’re planning on writing you can put that in too. If you set your Home Region (it may have to be the nearest city) you can then find other people who are doing the same thing (thousands around the globe will be), you might find them in the forums, chart your progress, and there’s a great Frequently Asked Questions section – just click the option at the top. If you want to practice your languages you can even see it all in Dutch, French, German and Spanish. 🙂 Don’t worry if you’ve never written a script before (most participants haven’t) their Writers’ Resources page is packed with templates and other goodies. Speaking of goodies, they also have a store. 🙂

Douglas Adams was quoted as saying “I love deadlines; I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by” but I find them invaluable as it’s so easy to let my writing slide. So, even if you don’t plan to write a script this April you could use the deadline for another project; 100 pages of prose, 100 lines of poetry (three or more poems, I guess), 100 lines of prose, 100 blog posts… whatever it is, it’ll be more than you would have done if you’d not put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. And what do you when if you’ve written 100+ pages? The satisfaction of a job done (not necessarily ‘well done’; Script Frenzy and NaNoWriMo are all about quantity not quality, you can edit it later), and a participant’s virtual badge and certificate. Then the hard work begins. 🙂

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please”.

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with poet and essayist Robbi Nester  – the two hundred and eighth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. And I have a new forum at http://morgenbailey.freeforums.org.