Every year, the online site ScriptFrenzy.org hosts a writing experiment to encourage writers to stop procrastinating and put words on paper. The game is to write 100 pages in 30 days (the month of April).
Last year, I managed to get to around 35 pages before my idea and my will petered out. This year, I’m bound and determined to write 100 pages. My idea is better, more complete and I’m more excited to see it through.
If you ever find yourself getting stuck, the best advice I have is to write whatever shit pops into your head until something good finally trickles out. The worst thing you as a writer can do is to get stopped by that blank fucking page.
Write about what the room you’re sitting in looks like. Tell a funny anecdote. Hell, make up a dirty limerick but just write something. Just like with exercise, you will get stronger if you actually do the action you want to improve at.
You will suck at first. Everyone does. Even Hemingway admits, “The first draft of anything is shit.” But then, with a little time and a lot of practice, you will get the hang of it.
As for the Script Frenzy, there are no prizes, it’s basically the honor system as to page accounting and there’s nothing to gain but bragging rights. No, I take that back. What you gain is 100 pages of something that you can then get down to the business of rewriting. That’s where all the magic happens.
I’m off to a great start with 4 and a quarter pages on the first day. I’m ready to see this through to the end.