If you're interested in scriptwriting but never seem to get around to doing it, I have some exciting news for you!
On my forum at myWritersCircle next month, we are hosting ScriptFever. This is a challenge to create a script (or scripts) of 100 pages for any dramatic medium in the month of April.
ScriptFever is modeled on ScriptFrenzy, a challenge that ran every April on its own dedicated website. Unfortunately ScriptFrenzy closed down in 2013 for financial reasons. A lot of people have been left disappointed by this, so we decided to create our very own version on myWritersCircle.
Like ScriptFrenzy and NaNoWriMo, ScriptFever is a challenge, not a contest. There will be no winners or losers. Or more precisely, everyone who completes the challenge will be a winner, because they will have at least the first draft of a script they can polish and hopefully in due course submit.
You could use ScriptFever to create a movie screenplay, but that is by no means the only option. Some other possibilities include a stage play, TV drama, radio play, sitcom, comic book, podcast, video, animation, and so on. You might also choose to use ScriptFever to create a number of short scripts (comedy sketches for TV or radio shows, for example).
At the end of April, we will issue printable certificates of achievement for everyone who successfully completes the 100-page challenge, and their names (or forum IDs) will be added to a permanent roll of honor on the forum. You will be required to submit your script/s as evidence, but this will not be used for any other purpose and obviously you will retain the copyright in your entries. We also hope to create a logo or avatar participants can use to show that they are taking part in ScriptFever or support it.
If you would like to join in ScriptFever, please add a reply as soon as possible to the Sign Up for ScriptFever topic (obviously, you will need to be a registered member of myWritersCircle and logged in to your account to do this). Please say what project/s you plan to work on in ScriptFever, so that members know who is working on what.
I hope ScriptFever will be a catalyst for some great new writing. By signing up you will be joining a group of other writers who are also planning on completing the challenge, and available to provide mutual support and advice. You can get your questions answered, give (and offer) feedback, encourage anyone who may be flagging, and maybe even find potential collaborators for future projects. Plus, of course, you will have multiple accountability partners, to ensure you really do get that 100-page script completed on time!
Finally, if you are looking for a useful resource to help plan and write a movie script, I should just mention that our sponsors WCCL (The Self Development Network) produce an excellent CD-based course called Movie in a Month. As well as providing a step-by-step method for creating your first draft script in 28 days, it includes a screenplay formatting guide, plotting guide, and over 850 actual movie scripts and treatments. It's an invaluable resource for any aspiring screenwriter. You can find out more by clicking through here.
If you have any questions or comments on ScriptFever, as ever, please do leave them below!