Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Playwriting | 2 comments

Blank Sheet of Paper

If you’re a veteran of NaNoWriMo, one of the biggest questions you may have about Script Frenzy is how many words do I have to write? Even though Screnzy is based on the number of pages you write, for many of us judging our progress by word count is a habit and you may find it easier to track your progress that way. You may also be wondering how it compares to NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 words in a month goal.

There is no hard fast rule about how many words per page you’ll be writing in Script Frenzy, the average number of words per page will vary depending on your formatting and how long the lines of dialogue are. But to give you an estimate, I took some of my own scripts and found the average words per page. For me, my scripts average 250 words per page. So, at the end of the Script Frenzy challenge, I should have approximately 25,000 words in my 100 pages.

If you don’t have a writing sample of the past scripts to double check with, I would say that 250 is a good estimate as my scripts tend to be rather wordy so, even if you aim for the 250 words a page mark, you should still reach 100 with no trouble. If you do have scripts that you’ve written in the past, I highly recommend taking a look at their word count and dividing by the number of pages to find out your average words per page.

Whether you’re going by my average or yours, one thing that becomes immediately clear is that Script Frenzy is much less words then NaNoWriMo is. It may be as much as half the word count.

Doesn’t that make this challenge seem a little less scary? 🙂