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Mar. 16th, 2009 @ 01:09 pm Putting it together
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I'm curious. I know that Script Frenzy and NaNoWriMo are mostly "practice times" when we get our lazy butts in gear and prove that, yes, we can really write something against a deadline. It's done wonders for me, lemmetellya (I wrote a 100,000-word novel from Jan 14th to Feb 14th, and it was actually good). And I've heard of a lot of people trying to market their work when they're done.

How about you? Are you approaching Screnzy as a chance to get that great idea out and into the world for marketing? Or are you practicing, working against yourself as a personal challenge?

Or are you just goofin' around against a deadline?

A few months back, I decided to take all of my experience watching cheesy horror/monster movies and use it to write a script for Screnzy. The more I think about it, the more I'm torn between 1) writing what I want (and to hell with the marketability of the results) and 2) working hard to make it the funny, audience-friendly movie I think it could be.

(I mean, it couldn't be worse than Boy Eats Girl, could it...)
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Date:March 16th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
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I use both events as a way to get me writing and to try new things/ideas.

Last year, I started (not finished yet) a SF movie based on a concept album by one of my favourite Christian musicians (Eric Champion - if you have no idea who he is, that's fine; most Christians don't even know who he is). This year, I'm writing a graphic novel that combines my passion for disability rights with my love of the X-Men. Still working out the plot in my head, but I'm looking forward to writing this story! :)

I use NaNoWriMo to write YA novels. It's a series about adolescents with disabilities, who all attend the same school. 2006 was the first one and 2008 was the second. 2007 was a disaster because I didn't write another book in the series. :)

I'm working towards getting them all ready for publication/production; have a plan and everything.

For you, why does there have to be a difference between what you want and what would sell? I think you should write what you want and then edit it to make it funny and audience-friendly. It might end up being funny and audience-friendly anyway. :)
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Date:March 16th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
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I think because I tend to leave out elements that people expect from horror movies (gratuitous sex scenes) in lieu of elements that I enjoy (mostly topical humor, like making jokes about herpetologists).

I run into that problem with novels, too. I like addressing adult-level concepts, but getting even slightly porno just feels... silly to me, I guess.
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Date:March 16th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
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I like addressing adult-level concepts, but getting even slightly porno just feels... silly to me, I guess.

It is silly, in my opinion. Why have a sex scene if it's not going to further the story along? Even if it does, why describe it in detail if a simple "and then they had sex" will get the point across?

I think the horror movie you're thinking of writing would appeal to a broader audience than the typical horror movie. Not that I watch them all that often; I don't like gore and stuff. If I'm going to be scared, I prefer suspense to blood and gore.

I'm writing an adult novel right now about an Anglican priest. He's married and he has two children. I'm being pretty careful to make it obvious that he and his wife are attracted to each other and love each other without having sex in the story. Not because sex is bad, but because it's not actually important for the plot. Having a love scene between two married people would be fine, but the audience the book is going to appeal to isn't an audience that is going to want to be reading that sort of thing (i.e., the audience is going to be people like my parents, who are an Anglican priest and his wife).

That being said, I love writing juvenile and YA fiction. It's so challenging to approach adult or semi-adult concepts and themes while keeping the language simple enough for the reader (juvenile) and avoiding overly explicit description (YA). For example, my 2008 NaNoNovel is about the trial of a man who sexually abused the main character when she was 13. She's 14 now, and is testifying in the trial. She's having nightmares and is going to have to describe things to the court. Making that realistic without getting too explicit is a real challenge! :)
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Date:March 17th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
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I'm actually fortunate enough to be working on a project currently, so I'm putting my efforts during Screnzy towards that. I have a longer deadline for the entire script [MUCH longer than your standard film script], but I'm setting myself this personal goal in order to push myself along and get a majority of the basics done early, so that my later work has an established background. I'm quite excited. ^_^

Good luck to you!
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Date:March 17th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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Both. I have a perfect record for NaNo and Screnzy, so naturally I want to keep that. On the other hand, I have an idea that I want to write, and if I go with the idea that has been in my head for nearly six months now, I want to edit it and give it as a gift.

The deadline is even more looming for me because I graduate from college in May, and these scripts will be graduation gifts. Yes, this gives me only a week to edit. Yes, I'm doubting my sanity already.