5 productive writing things to do while waiting... →
Creating Character: Don't Be Boring by Melissa... →
How are memorable, believable, intriguing characters made? While there’s no one right way, I can give you some pointers to help you find your own process. 1. Imagine your…
Film scripts are written to be produced as drama rather than read as literature....– From an excellent article, Writing for film, from the BBC Writer’s Room.
Script Frenzy Advanced Page & Word Count... →
I know that some of you out there are as obsessive as me when it comes to trying to track your progress and work habits during Script Frenzy so I decided to share my personal…
Just Two Days Away! →
Hello Frenziers! We are two days away from the Script Frenzy launch. Can you believe it? With April 1 closing in on us, I thought it’d be a good time to highlight a couple of features on the site…
Script Frenzy Schedule & tips
Hi Script Frenzy Wordsmith! I’m Sandra Salas, the Script Frenzy Program Director. In just a few days, the month of April will be upon us. Which means our Frenzied Scriptwriting Trek is almost here! I’m so excited to be doing the Frenzy with you I can hardly sit still. I’ve almost fallen out of my chair eight times in the past hour because I’m bouncing around like a popcorn kernel whirling around...
The Office of Letters and Light: Letters and Light... →
lettersandlight: When I heard that Valerie Powell was doing Script Frenzy with 190 of her students at Tates Creek Middle School in Lexington, KY, I had to learn more. I sent her a few interview questions, but didn’t expect what I got in return… Valerie and her kids created this totally…
Five Character-Defining Opening Scenes →
Many great movies open with the main character doing something that cuts right to the heart of their personality and gives a clear sense of who the person is, while also telling the audience what sort of wild ride they’re in for.
Script Frenzy Program Director Sandra Salas welcomes you to the fifth year of the Frenzy!
Page-a-thon? Get pledges & sponsors for your... →
Script Frenzy Desktop Background Wallpaper... →
Last year, I received a request for Script Frenzy Desktop Wallpaper. Apparently these are very popular with NaNoWriMo participants but the people who usually make them in…
Five Ways to Start a Script by Nick Turner →
FADE-IN: INT. YOUR ROOM – AFTERNOON A young writer (you) sits down at the...– Pencil Heads
How to prepare for writing a screenplay or movie... →
Some quick things you can do to prepare yourself to write a script, especially if it’s your first time.
When planning a new idea, the characters should come first and if they are the...– From Writing TV Situation Comedy from the BBC’s Writing Room.
My singing dinosaurs want YOU to raise money for... →
lettersandlight: There are a lot of things I need to figure out in the mere eight days before Script Frenzy starts. Probably the most pressing issue is, of course, what on earth am I going to write about? I could adapt one of my novels, or come up with something new, or write that romantic comedy-musical about dinosaurs I’ve always wanted to do. (What happens when a carnivore falls in love...
Random plot generators for writer’s block (& a... →
What's to Lose? →
Still not sure whether you want to try scriptwriting? Betsy Franco—yep, James’ mom—shares her experience and asks, “What’s to lose?” I used to think of myself as an author of picture…
What is a logline? How do you write one? →
Tips for doing Script Frenzy in the Classroom with... →
Preparing for Script Frenzy →
It’s that time of year again! Script Frenzy is just about to start, and I know a few people who are (and should be) interested in preparing and writing for it. I know I will be. However, one of the most deadly acts always creeps into an aspiring (or working) writers psyche. It’s called procrastination, you’ve heard of it. I’m an expert in the field of procrastination, but...
Script Frenzy Cameo: How to Get Started
lettersandlight: April is Script Frenzy month, and we thought we’d feature some of our cameos from experts giving tips on writing. “Cameos” are brief how-to’s packed with inspiration, practical tidbits of information, and loads of encouragement. We’re so excited about the fifth year of the frenzy, and we want to share our treasure trove of golden advice. How to Get Started by Alan Swyer So how...
How many words are in 100 pages? Is Script Frenzy... →
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...
30 Posters, 30 Days!
Hi Frenziers! Do you ever wonder what the poster for your movie, play, TV show, or graphic novel might look like? Well, we’ve lined up 30 incredible designers who will take on the challenge of turning your scripts into posters. Please join us for our first ever 30 Posters, 30 Days. If you participated in NaNo you might be familiar with this project, which goes under the name 30 Covers, 30 Days...
The Perfect 10 (Script Writing Advice from the... →
The Perfect 10 When we head around the country for our BBC writersroom roadshows, one of the team will give a little talk about The Perfect Ten. We read the first ten pages of every script that gets sent to us here at the BBC writersroom, and The Perfect Ten is a list of ten ways in which you can make those ten pages count, and make us want to read on. Last year our development manager Paul...
Random Logline Generator →
Totally stuck on what to write for Script Frenzy? Try this Random Logline Generator!
captainkappy-deactivated2011040 asked: Hey, I was just wondering if you happen to know where I can find a good Character Questionnaire?
NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy Participants
laikynvictoria: Here, I just wanted write a post about dedicated NaNo and Screnzy participants. As I am one, I thought I had some room to speak. Since on Twitter, there’s the ‘100factsaboutme’ trend, let’s do 30 facts about NaNo and Screnzy participants. (As 100 would just get boring) 1-We are some of the few people who can wear viking helmets and not be thought of as strange. (Within our own...
How awesome is the 2011 Script Frenzy Merchandise?
Remember, Script Frenzy is a non-profit so anything you purchase from their store goes 100% back into this great event! Script Frenzy Store captainkappy: i’m just sitting here foaming at the mouth in lust over this Script Frenzy merchandise. how do i not have billions of dollars lying around so i can buy this good shit.
Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see “Battlefield Earth.” It...– When good scripts make bad movies (a look into Battlefield Earth) which cites this New York Post article.
“Hollywood Formula" PDF Worksheet →
Great for outlining or other prep-work while you’re still figuring out what your script is about!
I Have the Best Idea for a Script!....Err, So Now... →
mr-finch asked: God, I love this tumblr. Thank you!
Outlining your Script (PDF eBook) →
I don’t have ten tips, or five tips, or even three tips. I can only give...– Greg Marcks has some great advise on outlined and pre-script writing prep work so You’ll definitely want to read the rest of article KNOW YOUR STORY by Greg Marcks
Creating Conflict (PDF eBook) →
Writing Dialogue (PDF eBook) →
Writing Action and Description (PDF eBook) →
Need help with action and description in your script? A great e-book to get you started.
Cast your Characters (PDF eBook) →
Advice for writers of any level on how to craft compelling characters.
Comic Book & Graphic Novel Script Formatting... →
Introduction to Writing Comic Books & Graphic... →
Fuel the Frenzy! →
With Script Frenzy less than three weeks away, I’ve put together a dandy list jam-packed with suggestions to help you prepare for April! Check out the Regional Lounges and connect with…
TV Script Formatting Overview →
Introduction to TV Scripts →
How to Get Started by Alan Swyer →
So how does a film story – especially one that’s fresh and dynamic, as opposed to some dreary recycled plot – come about? Clearly, it doesn’t just fall from a tree one fine day. Generally…
Introducing 30 Posters, 30 Days →
lettersandlight: Those of you who followed this blog in November are probably already familiar with a program known as 30 Covers, 30 Days, in which fabulously talented book cover designers created covers based on the synopses of NaNo novels-in-progress. This year, we’re proud to announce that the 30 Covers,…
Stage Play Formatting Overview →
Introduction to Stage plays →
Screenplay Formatting Overview →