Today’s spotlight is on Yumesandman, who is working on a comedy stageplay called ‘Love in Books.’
How many years have you been doing Script Frenzy?
This is actually my first year doing Script Frenzy. I did National Novel Writing Month in November, and was 5,000 words from finishing, with two days off of work at the end of the month, when a personal emergency came up. Frustrated that I didn’t finish, I decided to do Script Frenzy to prove I could make the deadline.
How did you first find out about it?
Through Nano. I learned of it during the middle of March, and thought I would go ahead with it.
What’s your favorite thing about the script that you’re writing this year?
The Muses. The play I’m writing involves a young girl who’s caught in between two men- one she loves but doesn’t want her, and another that wants her but she doesn’t love. So to spice up an otherwise boring and cliché piece, I have two Muses who overlook the stage and comment on everything the girl does. But they’re sarcastic and cynical Muses, so their dialogue is fun to write.
What’s the hardest thing about participating in Script Frenzy?
I’ve never written a script before! I’ve always been a prose writer, and occasionally poetry, but I’ve never tried to tackle a script before. The extent of my stage experience was making programs for my high school drama club. Dialogue is my weakest area though, so in some ways this is great practice for me to learn how to better develop my dialogue.
Why should my blog followers join the Frenzy next year?
Because it’s fun! But in all honesty, it’s a great exercise for improving your writing. Whether you only write scripts, or you’re a prose writer like me, events like Script Frenzy are wonderful. They help you learn to write on deadlines (important for business/school!), and one of the hardest things- to just put the words to paper, instead of wasting time analyzing them. By being forced to write so much in such little time, you can’t waste time second guessing yourself, so you learn to just write and then go back to edit later. It’s a wonderful thing to learn, so that you don’t spend three years on page one (which I’ve done!)
Good luck with your muses, Yumesandman!