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- Mikhail Bulgakov

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Frenzy begins...

Hey, kids!

If you've been following the blog for some time, you know that I'm a big proponent of Script Frenzy, the bastard stepchild of the far more famous National Novel Writing Month.  The Frenzy starts tomorrow and, truth be told, I'm a bigger fan of this one than NaNo.

So, why do I prefer the one to the other?  Well, I do both and let me tell you: Script Frenzy is fun and NaNo isn't.  NaNo can be rewarding, it can even be lucrative, but it's never what I'd describe as fun.  In a lot of ways, that's true of novel writing in general.  There are moments of elucidation, but it's never what I'd call a blast.

Script writing, on the other hand, is just for kicks.  For one thing, there's no pressure.  Unless you already do it professionally, there's almost zero chance of a spec script getting picked up.  Not to mention that you just do whatever and leave all the details to your collaborators. 

Don't like ascribing emotions to your characters?  Don't worry, the actors will do that. 

Don't like setting the scene?  Don't worry, the set designers will do that.

Don't like describing every little detail of the big fight or dance?  Ha!  That's what choreographers are for.

So, yeah, I'm a big fan of the Frenzy.  It's just you and the plot, in the most basic, nuts and bolts way possible.  Not to mention that, as I've described in great detail before, 100 pages of script is a very modest goal compared to 50,000 words of novel.

My page, as every year, is here.  This year, I'm in a bit of a bind.  I haven't really thought that much about Script Frenzy.  I always have as a fallback the idea of writing a couple of episodes of Kingdom, my much neglected spec TV series.  I've also considered writing Maverick, LCSW, the story of a social worker with nothing to lose travelling through the American Southwest and plying his trade.  I guess I could always do The Party, which I've always been meaning to do, about a group of kids who take off on a real-life D&D adventure.  Or, since it's been so successful in the past, I could put it to you, the Manuscripts Burns "community" to give me a suggestion.  If I like your suggestion by midnight tonight, I may just do it.

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