As I mentioned before, today, April 1st, is the first day of Script Frenzy, the 30-day writing marathon that challenges you to write 100 pages of scripted material. Unlike past writing marathons, like NaNoWriMo and The 3-Day Novel Writing Challenge, I’m super-duper confident that I’ll be able to pull this off.
What makes me so confident, you ask? Looka here, man, I’ve been writing screenplays since I’m thirteen years old. I wrote my first short script on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, so I was comfy with script format long before I had a wonderful computer program to handle that for me. I’ve also studied the craft of screenwriting; when I was in film school, screenwriting—not directing or producing or marketing—was my concentration. Not only did I write scripts for my own classes, I wrote, co-wrote and doctored some of my classmates’ scripts. I also read every script I could get my hands on. And before we had all these wonderful sites where you could download PDFs of produced and unproduced screenplays for free, I was buying shit from Script City and Planet MegaMall.
So, yeah. I think I have a firm enough grasp on the craft to bang out these hundred or so pages.
In the beginning, I toyed with the idea of adapting the graphic novel 100 Bullets for Script Frenzy. Adaptations are allowed, and I love the story, but ultimately I felt that it would be cheating. So I decided to roll with an idea that came to me the last time I was home visiting family. That idea is what I’m currently calling The Husband.
The Husband is a simple story. It centers on an ordinary man who takes in a sexy, gorgeous houseguest while his wife and child are away on an overseas holiday. See? I told you. Simple. Or is it?
Based on that plot description it may sound like an wild and wacky sex comedy, and though I plan on including some (hopefully) funny parts, The Husband is really meant to be dramatic. There are a few themes I want to explore, and while I have the story plotted out (for the most part), I’m really looking forward to seeing how my characters surprise me, as they inevitably will.
I’ve also created a writing schedule for myself. As long as I adhere to this schedule, I should have a first draft well before the 30 days are up, and I may even have time to go back and make revisions so that I’ll be on my second draft come the beginning of May.
So there it is. I will be firing up the good ol’ Final Draft—the only screenwriting software worth its salt and what I’ve been using since 1994—and hammering out a few pages on The Husband today. I will give y’all a progress report tomorrow!
Wish me lucky! 😉