Index Card Frenzy

I’m a bit behind on pages, as my ScriptFrenzy profile shows. But tonight I have managed to index card 80% of the story – just got to sort out the endgame.
It doesn’t make an immediate difference to my page count, but I now have 26 empty scenes all ready to flesh out, and a much clearer idea of how my key plot and character points fit together. So I can really start jumping around the story now, writing the stuff that I’ve had in my head for years, which will inform the less developed sections. That page count is an excellent motivator…

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Let the ScriptFrenzy begin…

Still not ready to start writing, or even fully recovered from The Cough That Ate Manhattan. I’ll just have to outline as I go, and throw out the stuff that doesn’t work. I’m only expecting to get a first draft out of this month, anyway. Hopefully the relaunch of Doctor Who on Saturday will prove inspiring!

In other news, I’m getting used to Blender, which is very satisfying. I’ll post my experiments here when I have something worth showing. A key shot for the Monsters trailer is developing nicely…

Preparing for ScriptFrenzy!

Well. I’ve been busy at work, then ill, so it’s about time for a quick update.

Work is progressing on the Monsters trailer – I’ll post about that in more detail when it’s finished, but Steve has some nice comments on the work-in-progress version he’s seen. But I need to nail it ASAP in order to prep for ScriptFrenzy.

For those who don’t know, it’s the screenwriting version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which I’ve always fancied doing but never got round to. However, since I already have a half-complete outline for a feature that needs writing, this seems like the perfect opportunity to churn out a first draft. The trouble with screenwriting is that it needs to be much more structured than a novel – there’s no room for anything that isn’t essential. So you need to know your story before you start.

Currently, I don’t. I have my setting and protagonist, and character arcs for him and several secondary characters. I even have the rough shape of the plot…with an antagonist-shaped hole in it. Well…I have a rough idea of that character, but he has no motivation because I haven’t fleshed out part of the setting yet. So I have a lot to do in 12 days…