ScriptFrenzy: Too much of a challenge?

6 04 2010

I stared at my script for ten minutes today. I didn’t do anything with it–I just stared at it. Why? Because I have no idea what to write next. I feel like the material I already have written is laughable, and so I’m in that slump of thinking, “So why should I continue this challenge if all I get out of it is a pile of crap that I’m even embarrassed to re-read?”

***Beginning of script for internal argument

JESSIE: (sighs) I just don’t know if it’s worth it. Is the thrill of writing my first script worth the pain of having to look at what I’ve got every day and know that it’s horrible?

INNER VOICE: (a tiny whisper) Every writer has to start somewhere.

JESSIE: But what if some writers are only meant for one medium? What if I’m just not meant to be a screenwriter?

INNER VOICE: You’ll never know if you don’t try. You might end up learning something in the process.

JESSIE: If this were “Leave it to Beaver,” I’d smile and say, “By golly, you’re right!” But this isn’t “Leave it to Beaver,” and I’m swamped with school work and life and other obligations right now. I can’t even remember why I thought this was a good idea.

INNER VOICE: You wanted to try something new.

JESSIE: Next time I want to try something new, I’ll reach for the cookbook and find a new recipe. I won’t choose something that takes a month and a lot of work to complete.

INNER VOICE: Next time… Sure. But how about you make it through this time first?

JESSIE: (rolls her eyes) Yeah, yeah. I’ll try. But if I can’t make it past the twentieth page because I can’t stand wading in any more muddy words and faltering plot lines, I’m giving myself a “free out”.

INNER VOICE: How about we wait and see how it turns out before planning to quit?

JESSIE harumphs.

***End of script

Now that’s some quality writing… Is anyone else out there stuck in the middle of a writing challenge and wondering why in the world they decided to take it on in the first place? What are you doing to make it through?


Panic over a script

1 04 2010

It’s April 1, and ScriptFrenzy has begun. I should be excited–after all, this is my new writing adventure, and I have no expectations beyond a page count. So why am I staring at a blank screen and freaking out? Because writing a script sounds like it should be … not easy, but also not torturous. I’ve been planning out a storyline for a couple weeks, I’ve got my list of characters, I’ve created backgrounds for those characters, and I’ve got ideas for the settings. And yet, I have no idea what to do with any of that. I’ve read scripts, I’ve seen how they’re arranged, and I understand the basic principles of putting fingers to the keyboard and writing a beginning script. AND YET, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH ANY OF THAT. Holy cow. What did I get myself into?