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Jun. 3rd, 2007 @ 06:49 pm Before supper
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
I have 2, 220 words. Shooting for at least 2500 before bed (always aim high. You can only achieve good stuff before then).
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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 09:26 pm (no subject)
I'm at the 2k mark already.
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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 04:11 pm Thoughts on starting out ...
I posted this in my Region this morning (there are a lot of young/first time writers), mostly as encouragement and advice to newbies to script writing/writing in general. Maybe someone will find it useful here, too:

I thought there was some good advice in the email we received from SF in our mailboxes this morning from Kristina, our program director (though that job title just makes me think of Julie on 'Love Boat'). Indeed, the most important thing today (or tomorrow, if you're THAT busy today) is to begin. Don't obsess over your notes or your outline today, don't worry about that research you meant to do -- today, just get started. Everything else is secondary; if you don't write today, it's twice as hard to start tomorrow. And don't get me started about next week. Momentum is the key -- a few false steps here or there will get smoothed out, as long as you keep moving.

And, in keeping with the running metaphor, if I can add some advice to that -- don't look back over your shoulder too often. This is a first draft; where you've been isn't as important as where you're going. If you need to flip back a page or two to see if you've just said something you're about to type again, that's one thing. But if you have the urge to revise, clamp down on that and keep it buried until July.

And for all the gods' sake, don't remove anything. Not only do you need the word count, but I can't tell you how many times I've deleted things in early drafts and had to re-create them later because they turned out to be crucial. (And in relation, I'd say, add everything. Any idea, any character, any scene that you've thought of, whether it quite fits or not -- this is the first draft, you want every possible piece of the puzzle on paper, then in later drafts you can start to pick and choose. You're much better off having a LOT to choose from, when that comes!)

The first draft is really the fun part. You should still be in love with your idea right now, eager to put it down into words. Just dive right in and start writing -- we're all in the same boat (or out of it, if I'm going to switch to this swimming metaphor; when did I give up on the running thing?), and you've got loads of support when you need it. I can't wait to see what you come up with, and I can't wait to show you what I create!

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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 09:55 am Script Frenzy Icons!
Current Mood: happyhappy
Alright, well - this is my first livejournal post ever, and you guys are lucky enough to see my n00b attempts!

But as a peace offering, I bring - Script Frenzy icons!! 

Cheaply made, but still oh-so-fun- their yours to use without credit! Really! (just don't take it for yourself. If somebody asks, just say you don't remember. Or some random pirate girl made them.)

So, let's see if I can figure out how to post them...


Okies, yay! The quotes are taken from users on the Procrastination Forum Board - I have a list of who their from, but you can also figure it out by going to the "Slogans!" thread and reading up. Not that many pages :-/

Please Enjoy!!
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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 12:41 pm Toronto group
Hey, folks. Anyone in Script Frenzy Toronto (or just interested in what we're up to here), feel free to add our LJ group: http://community.livejournal.com/scriptfrenzyto/profile

Hope everyone's enjoying the first writing day!
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May. 29th, 2007 @ 04:03 pm This is me.
I promised myself I wouldn't get involved with any more slapdash writing challenges until November, and held out almost until the first one caught my attention. So here I am. I'm Colin (kensson on the NaNo and - eventually - SF boards) from Bozeman, Montana. I have only vague ideas for where my SF will lead (probably a quest of some description, and probably involving the NYC subway because it's fresh in my mind). And it's likely to be a comedy of sorts, because I can't seem to write seriously for very long.

So I figured I should check in, say hi, and wonder aloud if there are any other Montananans around (waits for tumbleweed). By the way, I reread my last NaNo recently and found (to my surprise) that it wasn't all that sucky. If anyone wants to read it, please let me know :o)
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May. 24th, 2007 @ 10:41 am 7 days to go...time to shopping!
Current Location: wortk
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Regis and Kelly
(yeh, x-posting)

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Bentley Crest
May. 23rd, 2007 @ 08:17 pm So... What are you doing to prepare -- anything?
Okay, there's an essay on the Script Frenzy homepage about how all movie scripts fit into three acts, with five turning points (though three of those five turning points take place in the first act... if these are "tent poles," the tent will be pretty lopsided, Master)...

So, just as an exercise, I thought I'd try to fit my basic story idea into this framework, with bullet points. I originally posted this to my main journal: capriuni a few days ago, but I've had some new thoughts since then, so this is the amended version. The act breaks are in bold, and the turning points will be in italics. My ideas are a lot more detailed at this point, at least up until the climax, but I'll spare you all those words, and save those details for my private outline.

I'm just seeing if I can make this work the way Nathan Marshall (who wrote the essay) says most movies work... (the number of pages for each section are his suggestions, not my estimates, though it may turn out that way).

Act three is turning out to be the weakest of the lot, and I'd like to get it to be the strongest, by the time I start, so I can know what foreshadowing clues to plant throughout the whole script (oh, and yes, this is for a screenplay). Any suggesstions or feedback you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

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Since I wrote this, someone on the Script Frenzy "Plot Doctoring" forum suggested I bring the magic ring back into the plot, rather than dropping it so early on. And, using that idea, I've hit upon the idea (and the idea has wedged itself in my brain) that the general and the witch have been in cahoots all along -- that it was the witch who bound the king's life force into the ring, in the first place, and that it was the general, under the guise of friendship to the king (back when he was still a young and dashing prince, himself) who gave the ring to him as a present. I'm also thinking that Adalaide and Margaritte might find evidence of the alliance between the witch and the general at the witch's cottage, after they foil her spell, but I'm still fuzzy on what that evidence might be or how it might be used later, at the climax, to reveal the general's treachery. Any ideas?
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May. 18th, 2007 @ 09:55 am Pimpage
Dudes! Hello, I'm Alison, Co-ML for Birmingham, UK. (On the Scriptfrenzy and NaNoWriMo websites I'm snuffyssuicide.) I'm going to be writing a tragedy at the start of June, and I don't just mean my play will be tragically awful. Death! Betrayal! Angst! It's all good.
Anyway, I was wondering if anybody has pimped Scriptfrenzy or this community anywhere as I was going to pimp on a few Birmingham-specific communities and it occurred to me how many zillions of writer's communities, film-appreciation communities, theatrical communities we have on this crazy site. But we don't want to pimp multiple times in the same place as people will get pissed off. So..... let me know where you've done or if you fancy volunteering to do some of the pimping (e.g. one person can search for 'writing' as an interest and pimp appropriate communities there, another person similar with 'film' etc.).
Also, hi! *waves*
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May. 6th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm ready?
How many here are biting at the bit so to speak? I know I am. What are you doing to ramp yourself up?

Personally, I am creating writint soundtracks as well as wrangling my work scheduel around me so that I can make more time.
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