Friday, April 20, 2007

There Goes June...

As some of you might recall, last November I was talked into getting my hands dirty once again, and leapt into the adventure which is National Novel Writing Month. I had completed it twice previously, though many moons ago, and I was proud that I managed to complete it last year.

Have I done anything with my 50,000 words since then? No, no I haven't. Which is a sad thing - I really should approach my most recent work and examine it for signs of life. I've been making at least token attempts to balance my life recently, and I have become aware that I have been neglecting the writing side of my personal equation. Even the one semi-regular outlet I have, this here blog, has undergone periods of neglect.

I know from experience that writing doesn't just "happen"; you need to create time and space for it. Wishing won't make it so. Now, I'll just point out here that I am haven't yet committed to a new regime where I can dedicate chunks of time to the literary arts, I have merely decided that I want to decide if I want to or not.

You can't call me indecisive, that's for sure. I think. Maybe.

Into the midst of this self-analysis of the State of the Garth (at least as it regards writing) fell quite the bombshell. Yesterday a seemingly innocent email arrived in my inbox, which immediately gave me pause. After completing NaNoWriMo last November, I rewarded myself by donating some cash to the good folks who organise it every year. The email yesterday was soliciting some more donations, but this time it wasn't for National Novel Writing Month. No, this was for something different.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you... Script Frenzy!

Now, this is just the teaser site, not the fully operational battle station version (to steal from Ryan who stole from Lucas). But here are the relevant details:

1) Write a script (for stage or screen) of at least 20,000 words in the month of June
2) Work alone or in teams of two; 20,000 words is still the goal in either case
3) Be awesome

June is a busy month for me, and probably for a lot of you. My June includes two inter-city footy matches, one weekend in Chicago, and a trip to Vegas to play in the WSOP. In addition, I've never written (or even attempted to write) a screenplay in my life. But in my bag I do have the screenplay for Reservoir Dogs (true), and I also have a book called "How To Write A Movie In 21 Days" (also true). Since I was carrying around these two books even before I received the email, I would seem to be in real danger of signing up for this thing.

(The other books in my bag? "Last Exit To Brooklyn", by Hubert Selby, and Phil Gordon's Little Green Book.)

I would also like to announce the first casualty of Script Frenzy, who has already cursed my name for telling her about it. Yes, Gracie is Patient Zero once again. Now I just have to work out if I am foolhardy brave enough to take the plunge myself...

Hypothetically, if I was to sign up for this thing, can anyone suggest any good screenwriting software? The formatting alone will probably drive me bonkers. I was recently told about some Mac software that looked pretty juicy: Scrivener. I might grab that anyway, for general writing (not just Script Frenzy - if I indeed do it), but I'd love for some input if anyone has any.


  • I hate you. Not because I will do this, but because I will hate myself for not doing it. Maybe we write one together over 3 days in Chi-town?

    "Final Draft" is considered the industry standard for script formatting.

    By Blogger Joe Speaker, at 11:57 AM  


    some are free, some you have to buy.

    By Blogger TenMile, at 12:51 PM  

  • I see the Speaker beat me to it, but yes, "Final Draft" is the industry standard. As such, I imagine it is not cheap.

    By Blogger F-Train, at 1:13 PM  

  • Speaker, I can only imagine the fruits of such a collaboration. I'm thinking a surrealist road trip through the U.S. MidWest. Gold.

    I also had a quick look at "Final Draft" - I see they have a free demo, I'm just not sure I'm prepared to shell out $200+ at this stage, but we'll see.

    Thanks for the link, Tenmile. It also talks a little about the other software out there, which is cool.

    By Blogger Garthmeister J., at 1:14 PM  

  • Sigh...92-137 Dockers.

    A Freo can coolie will be on its way to you (once you send me your mailing addy) and a picture posted on my soon to be renewed blog.

    Good luck with the script!

    By Blogger Jules, at 1:56 AM  

  • Thanks Jules! Man... we so needed that win. I'll email you in a mo.

    By Blogger Garthmeister J., at 11:25 AM  

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