Posted by on Mar 27, 2010 in Playwriting | 10 comments

So, you’re thinking about writing a script in a month as part of the month long Script Frenzy (Screnzy) challenge? This sister event from the people behind NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) gives you the chance to challenge yourself to write a 100 page script in 30 days this April. I’m here to try to give you some tips to help you complete this huge goal.

There are two great motivators in play when you tell/brag to people about doing Script Frenzy. The first is that you will have cheerleaders to root you on. My friends get huge gold stars for every year for not only sending me little pep talks but for caring, even if they were pretending. It’s nice to have people care and it makes what you are doing feel less stupid.

But you know what motivates better than positive reinforcement? Shame. Embarrassment. If I don’t finish Script Frenzy this year after setting up this whole blog devoted just to the event, I will feel like an idiot. Don’t think for a second that isn’t going on in my head while I am writing. I am much more likely to finish no matter how much I want to quit because I don’t want to look dumb.

Tell everyone you know. Post your page count every day. Even if no one around you actually cares, you will think they care and if you fail, you will feel like they all are mocking you. Trust me, that will motivate the heck out of you.