April . . . is that you?

A few days ago, I got an email from Chris Baty, my not-s0-secret writerly crush and creator of NaNoWriMo. The email was a reminder that ScriptFrenzy, a challenge similar to NaNoWriMo that produces a 100-page script for a movie, play, or graphic novel, starts in April.

This reminded me that, last April while I was doing NaPoWriMo, I found myself regretting not attempting ScriptFrenzy, as well or instead. I told myself I would alternate years, which makes this year, in theory, a script-writing year.  I was pining over the script for a play that I wanted to write back when I was in college.

I never imagined that April would come again so fast. While I was writing the first draft of my current novel, I found myself worrying that it perhaps wanted to be a short story. Now writing the second draft, I’ve recently become pre-occupied with the idea of repurposing it as a graphic novel. The more I think about it, the more I feel that this is the most appropriate venue for the story, which relies more on visual effects than most of what I’ve written recently. And, if I really want to, I can convince myself that this is all fated, and that I simply must spend April writing a graphic novel adaptation of the thing.

But then, I know deep down that this is just one more trick to avoid writing an ending. To those who will be attempting ScriptFrenzy for nobler purposes, my hat’s off to you!

10 Responses to “April . . . is that you?”

  1. Josh McDonald

    Well, I guess one could say I’m doing ScriptFrenzy as a month-long procrastination from other projects… but really, I’d like to think I’m doing it to accomplish something. :)

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  2. Jenna

    For the love of cheese crisps, do not repurpose your story before you have an ending! You’ve got two weeks, buddy. And if you don’t have it by then, there will be plenty more Aprils coming down the pike.

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    • Lacey Louwagie

      Don’t worry, I won’t really do that. I also feel that I should let a work “sit” for a longer amount of time if I’m going to explore bringing it to a different format, so I can come at it with fresher eyes.

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      • Jenna

        Maybe you need to let it sit so you can discover your ending with fresher eyes.

        So, I’m a little fuzzy on whether or not you’ll be participating in ScriptFrenzy? What about NaPoWriMo?

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        • Lacey Louwagie

          I’m not gonna do ScriptFrenzy, but I might do NaPoWriMo if I finish my novel before April.

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          • Jenna

            I think I’m gonna do both. Because I feel like a slacker for taking the semester off, so I might as well drive myself nuts with unattainable goals, no?

          • Lacey Louwagie

            Definitely! And you can use one to procrastinate the other, and be productive in both cases. 😉

  3. Josh McDonald

    I’m doing a film script. I was a film major in college and it does seem to be my default setting as a writer.

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  4. Jenna

    Ah, I hadn’t even thought about that. Perfect! :)

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