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#WriteFriday – November 27th

I actually did some writing on a Friday!

This week has been so full of writing, it’s kind of ridiculous!  I wrote a stupid amount last weekend.  I think it was almost 5000 words before midnight, then another almost 5000 after midnight.  I started Saturday about 13,000 words behind, and ended Sunday only about 5000 words behind.  And as of Thursday, I ended the day with 43,399 words written; the target for the day was 43,333.  And yesterday I was about 1000 words ahead of target.  Seriously, check out these stats, it’s ridiculous!

So what did I write this last week?  As I already mentioned, I finished the Grief Project draft.  Then I went on to write a rough draft of a story for a friend.  His dog, who was rather old, wasn’t doing so well and my friend thought he’d have to put him down.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to give him this story, but it was written for him.  Well, I definitely won’t be able to give it to him as it is because it’s a very rough draft.  I set it in City of the Dead because that seemed appropriate.

After that, I really had to move away from stories about grief and pets.  Another friend told me Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void was out.  He started talking to me awkwardly about it, but didn’t want to spoil anything so I decided I had to go play it.  With my head firmly in science fiction mode, I turned away from Faeriia and another untitled world (I’m calling it the Centaur World right now.  It’s the world the screenplay I started for Script Frenzy takes place in) and started working on a science fiction setting instead.  This was helped by me rewatching Firefly as well.  I wrote down a random scene I’ve had in my head, which I have to admit, writing story makes the words go faster than working on world building stuff.  From there I decided to write another story for Apocalypse Madness (it’s set on Faeriia and called “Scourge of the Seas“).  And then I decided to write this blog post as part of the word count because I was just rambling otherwise.

I have to admit, writing 50,000 words of mostly world building is really, really hard to do.  Around the point where I started writing more stories (so I’m talking “Scourge of the Seas” and the other scene), I felt like there was no more world building I could do.  I know there are lots of holes in the settings that I’ll need to think through.  But right now I’m sitting at the end of an 80+ page document that’s basically just a big blob of text.  I tried to make notes and comments on the side of things that need doing.  But I know the way that I work, and right now I need to print out this document and go through it, organizing all the world building bits into their own documents to actually see exactly what I have and what I’m missing.  So here I am now, sitting with less than 3500 words to go to win, and I don’t honestly have anything in particular to write about (which is why I decided to write this blog post there, even though it sort of feels like cheating).  The sheer amount of world building stuff I’ve done this NaNoWriMo is awesome – I’ve got one world up to the point where I can easily start writing stories in it, even if it’s missing things, and two more (well, one world and one “setting”) in the works.  I’m super glad to be fixing some of the issues I had with my story ideas (namely the problem that almost all of them were stuck in world building).  But it’s super hard to remember everything that I’ve done these last few weeks (especially when I’m typing like a maniac to get caught up and jumping from setting to setting as it strikes my fancy).  I definitely think, if I ever decide to do NaNoWriMo again, I’m going to write a novel rather than another writing blob.

So apologies to everyone.  I keep saying I’m going to get caught up with your blogs, but realistically that’s not going to happen until after NaNoWriMo is over in a few days.  So wish me luck as I finish off the remaining 3000 or so words I have to write, and I’ll talk to you after the 1st!


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Goodbye to Script Frenzy

I was very sad to hear that the Office of Letters and Light, the nonprofit that runs both NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy (as well as a few other programs) recently decided to stop Script Frenzy.  They will continue to support their other programs (such as NaNoWriMo and the new Camp NaNoWriMo), but they felt that Script Frenzy has not grown the way these other programs have.  This announcement was particularly sad for me because a friend of mine had agreed to collaborate on a script for next year’s event.  I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with a project to collaborate on in the future, but I am sad all the same.

You can read their full announcement here.

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Why I’ve Given Up on Script Frenzy

I was flipping through a couple of books from the library today before I sent them back. Both of them were on writing comics/graphic novels; I’d gotten them when I originally thought I was going to write a graphic novel script for Script Frenzy. I came across the section on writing characters in one of the books, which made me start thinking about the characters in my screenplay. My “villain” character wasn’t acting at all villainous and my main character has been really flat; these are all problems I’ve been aware of for the last while. But I actually sat and thought about how the story is progressing, and I came up with a few ways to fix things. Unfortunately, fixing things would require a major rewrite, which is something you’re not supposed to do during Script Frenzy (or NaNoWriMo). And leaving things how they are would mean a lot more work later if I just keep writing. So I am going to give up on Script Frenzy this year, but I am not giving up on my story.

All the way through this screenplay, I’ve been thinking of it as a discovery draft which will eventually become a novel. So stopping now and reworking everything will also give me the opportunity to turn this story into the novel I’ve always envisioned. As I said before, I did some world building which I am happy with, but the further I’ve gone in this screenplay, the less the world feels comfortable confined within a screenplay. Changing to a novel now will mean I can make this into the story I really want it to be.

So I will not be continuing with Script Frenzy this year. A friend of mine has expressed interest in maybe collaborating on a script next year, so hopefully that will become a reality. Good luck to everyone else still working away at their own scripts!

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Script Frenzy Start!

I’d prefer to get some more practice writing a script. I started writing one a few years ago for a Gotham Writing Workshop Screenwriting class. Unfortunately that particular project was put on hold for a variety of reasons (although I fully intend to go back to it eventually!) For this Script Frenzy, I’m going to start a completely new story in a completely new world that I’ve been slowly building over the last month. The story itself is going to take place in a very limited geographic location in that world, so much of what I’ve been developing won’t really come up. But I’m very excited by the world, undeveloped as it is, and I’m really looking forward to working with it for the next month (and hopefully beyond!)

I’m currently making a few last minute preparations (like posting here), but I’m getting ready to just jump in at midnight. This script (which is as yet untitled, much like my NaNoWriMo novel was) does not have any real outline. Much like NaNoWriMo, I’m just going to jump in and see where the writing takes me – I have a couple of character ideas, but nothing too solid at this point.

If you want to follow my progress (or want to be writing buddies), you can find me here on the Script Frenzy site. You can also watch my Twitter Feed for news and updates. Good luck to everyone else participating in this year’s Script Frenzy!

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Script Frenzy!

This April is the 6th Script Frenzy hosted by the Office of Letters and Light (OLL). Similar to OLL’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Script Frenzy challenges you to write a 100 Page script during the month of April. This isn’t limited to simply movie scripts either; you can write a play, a TV show, a graphic novel, or whatever as long as it’s a script.

I wasn’t originally planning on joining Script Frenzy this year. But then I started chatting with a friend about it. I was intrigued by the idea of writing a graphic novel script. I’ve recently taken a few books out from the library on the subject, so this wasn’t completely out of the blue. But the idea that I could write one during Script Frenzy prompted me to sign up. Well, that and the feeling that I need to start working on my own writing projects again.

Having attempted a screenplay in the past, I know that the writing itself isn’t too tough; there’s a lot of white space on a script page. I don’t know what a graphic novel script page should look like, but hopefully it is more similar to a screenplay than a novel. If that’s the case, writing those 100 pages (averaging to 3.3 pages a day) shouldn’t be a problem as long as I stay motivated. But even if it is similar to a novel I’m not overly worried; the 1,666 words you need to average for NaNoWriMo works out to about 3 pages a day. And I managed to hit the 50,000 word target for NaNoWriMo about a week early.

I don’t know for certain what I’ll be writing about yet. I don’t even know that I’ll stick to a graphic novel. But that’s okay; I still have almost a month to make those decisions! I’ll be updating this blog on my Script Frenzy progress. If you want to follow my progress come April (or be writing buddies), you can find me here on the Script Frenzy site. You can also watch my Twitter Feed for news and updates.

Good luck to everyone else who’s participating in Script Frenzy next month!

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