I noticed a lot of my peeps have never even heard of Script Frenzy.
So, allow me to introduce it to you :)
It's the sister to NaNoWriMo. But instead of writing a 50,000 word novel in the space of a month, you write an 100-page script: film, TV, play, radio drama, whatever-- during the month of April.
Sound fun? It's great for beginners as well as.... er... not beginners. :P
Now, the Pros and Cons.
Let me say: Script Frenzy is, as a general rule, far easier than NaNoWriMo for multiple reasons:
a) It is not judged by word count, thus...
b) you write far less words than a 50k novel
c) you don't have to worry about the rhythm of your words like you would in a novel. Screenplays should read as smooth as possible, but they're pretty "choppy" naturally.
d) as long as you have a story that would fill up 100 minutes of film time, you're golden. :P
a) the format of screenwriting is a little tricky to get a handle on at first, so that can be a bit of a slower-downer.
b) if you don't have a screenplay-writing program, adjusting formats in Word, etc., is time-consuming. (I highly recommend the free program Celtx for script-writing.)
c) if you're naturally a novelist, going from novel to screenplay can be a rough transition. I personally lean toward screenplays, but the style of writing is so different that it can be hard to bounce between the two.
d) it's also hard as a novelist to go between story styles. Films play out differently than novels. (Hence why adaptions are very tricky....)
Once you get a handle on the formatting, screenwriting is probably one of the funnest things in the world. If it sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend you give it a go this year. Even if you don't win, you'll have done something new and exciting! :D
Oh, and here's a few links if you're still curious about screenwriting. This post of mine has some links at the end if you want to read some scripts.
And these links go to celtx and formatting 411:
Alright, well that's all for now folks!
Humor me while I amuse myself with stupid pictures....
Sorry, excuse me......