Friday, October 26, 2007

NaScriptWriMo

It's NaNoWriMo from the 1st of November which means you have to write a novel in a month. Masochists, the lot of you. However, for the scribosphere, surely a NaScriptWriMo is more apt. It would seem to be less challenging and demanding than writing 50,000 words of novel, and you'd have another script under your belt.

There's even books to help you - How to Write a Movie in 21 Days (not even a month!). Phill did one recently in five days - as did I last year over a long weekend, and I'm still recovering. So it can be done. Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on. Or like, don't. No biggie.

11 comments:

Phill Barron said...

4 days?

4?

Right. Challenge accepted. I'm doing the next one in 3 days.

Lucy said...

U is like, havin' a bubble, 'intcha?? Got WAY to much to do.

Plus some of these guys are still racing to finish those drafts in case RPP comes a-knockin'.

Word, Blood. Yeah.

(It's the stress, I turn into Lily Allen)

David said...

The people behind NaNoWriMo do a script version in June.

http://www.scriptfrenzy.org

English Dave said...

''The people behind NaNoWriMo do a script version in June.''

yeah I did an adaptation of War and Peace.

It was about Russia.

I think.

Jon Peacey said...

That How To Write A Movie In 21 Days keeps getting recommended to me by Amazon but I haven't bought it yet. Couple of questions: is it any good? is it any use? is it readable (unlike McKee)? That's 3 questions, isn't it? (4 now!)

War & Peace...

Russia...

Wheat...

Now, stare into the middle distance meaningfully...

Danny Stack said...

Haven't read the book, Jon, but I would imagine it's set around practical tasks like research, outlining and a certain amount of pages per day, etc.

far away said...

It is a useful motivator esp if you're starting out

Lucy said...

Yes, yes, yes, but what we really want to know is not HOW to write a script but WHETHER you are any closer to contacting the shortlisted for the RPP Danny?

Or must I continue to do terrible things to small dogs in order to eke out my miserable existence as I wait on your word??????? PUT US OUT OF OUR MISERY PLEASE.

While I'm here in this lovely virtual lounge, I'll have a Martini. Shaken. And disturbed.

Jon Peacey said...

I'll have to give the book a try at some point... but if it contains just one graph/timeline/pie chart it will have to face dishonourable defenestration.

Of course, what I really need is some book which can help marshall disparate thoughts: sometimes the inside of my head makes I Am The Walrus look coherent!

As for RPP results, I think I'd prefer not to know. ;-)

Anonymous said...

The mind boggles as to what "terrible things" errant script readers do to small dogs. Read them parts of bad scripts perhaps?

Lucy said...

You've hit the nail right on the head there, Anon. Hear them HOWL.