Yes, the approach of April 1st means that SCRIPT FRENZY is upon us! What is Script Frenzy, you may ask? (Or perhaps you just need a gentle reminder?) I think the Script Frenzy website describes it best (and it keeps me from having to do any heavy writerly lifting at this late hour):
“Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or “best” scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner’s Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact. Even those who fall short of the page goal will be applauded for making a heroic attempt. Really, you have nothing to lose—except that nagging feeling that there’s a script inside you that may never get out.”
I’ve participated in Script Frenzy for the past three years and have written two screenplays and one play because of it. The two screenplays I completed have gone through enough honing to be ready (at least in the eyes of myself and my trusted advisers) for contest, producer, and agent submissions. The point is that Script Frenzy provides a framework for you to write that oh-so elusive first draft. Yeah, you probably won’t be looking at CHINATOWN when April 30th rolls around, but you will be looking at a completed screenplay. And that’s more than half the battle.
Check it out, writer friends: http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/
And for those of you perplexed by the latest post heading, it’s my nod to the Season Two premiere of GAME OF THRONES, which also occurs on April 1st. I have a number of friends who love the show, so in my typically late-to-the-party manner I figured I’d finally check out all of the buzz. I am reliving my college exam days as I cram in the Season One episodes so I can be fully prepared for Season Two. Eight episodes down, two to go. And aside from the incest, gore, and some ridiculously gratuitous sex scenes, I think it’s pretty darn good! Sean Bean is certainly a standout…but for how much longer? <GULP!>