A Little Frenzied About Writing
Contests. Oh yeah, that challenge to produce something, be it a bit of athletic prowess or artistic flair, it is that little voice that queries: “Got what it takes? Willing to try and show it?”
Not being much an athlete I mainly gravitate towards the artistic endeavors, especially writing contests. While people meditate, fret, and procrastinate their taxes in April I am contemplating and playing with words. Hello, Script Frenzy.
What I like about Script Frenzy (actually there is a lot I like about Script Frenzy) is that I am competing with no one but myself and that the real prize is meeting the set goal. Plus, the finished product is something tangible, something I can maybe even turn around and share with others. Heck, I might even get a coin or two for it. Script Frenzy is all about producing 100 pages within 30 days. I like it.
If you aren’t familiar with Script Frenzy here you go:
Script Frenzy in a Nutshell
|Write 100 pages of original scripted material in the 30 days of April. (Screenplays, stage plays, web series, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome.)|
|Free. We run on donations.|
|Everyone (worldwide) is welcome. No experience required.|
|Happiness. Creative juices. Pride. Laughter. Bragging rights. A brand-new script.|
|Sign up! Tell everyone that you are in the Frenzy. Get ready to start writing on April 1.|
And you will be in good company:
Annual participant/winner totals
2011: 19,123 participants and 2,204 winners
2010: 21,008 participants and 2,078 winners
2009: 12,048 participants and 1,271 winners
2008: 8,526 participants and 968 winners
2007: 7,876 participants and 1,072 winners
You can see many participate, yet few actually “win”, meaning finish, which increases the motivation to be included in that final tally statistic number.
Two years I ago I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Write Month) which is mungo craziness. NaNo is writing a novel, 50,000 words in ONE month. Basically, the calculations come down to producing about 1,700 words a day. And it’s a bonus if they make sense. It was tough because (tad bit of whine here) November is parent/teacher conferences as well as Thanksgiving, on top of the usual craziness of teaching high school English. Yet, I persevered and got ‘er done. Two years later I am still editing. One can not take the time to write and edit a novel in 30 days. It’s tippity-tappity, finger-flying for 30 days. Produce in a hurry, edit at leisure. When my novel, which turned out to be a teen girl writing a novel for NaNo (smacks of Escher, I know), is done I will let you know. I am hoping to be done by summer and will try Smashwords.
Anyway, back to Script Frenzy. This year I decided to get going on another stage play since I so enjoyed writing an adaptation of Julius Caesar last summer. I’m making my creative writing students participate in Script Frenzy as well, or they need to produce some poetry. April is National Poetry Month as well, you know. Hmm, gotta get a post going to celebrate that as well. What’s that? What am I writing? It’s a spin-off of Alice in Wonderland.
I adore the word play in Carroll’s classic and wanted to try an update. I know, I know, Alice has been done and redone. But this time Alice meets Hamlet and Dorothy as she wanders in Wonderland. Gotta go…she’s about to play croquet with the Duchess and her cronies.