National Novel Writing Month!

About 6 months ago I participated in an event called Script Frenzy. The goal is to write 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April, no matter how awful, how incomprehensible, you have to be done by April 30th at 11:59 PM.
I was one of 2,083 people to hit the 100 page mark, and I’m proud to say it was some of the worst stuff I’ve ever written. However, the real benefit came in the next several months I spent editing it… It became slightly less awful, but unfortunately I can no longer bear to look at it.

Now, I learnt that Script Frenzy was actually created after the success of a similar program, the National Novel Writing Month(started in 1999, official blog here), and that Script Frenzy is signifigantly easier. My screenplay registered in at about 18,800 words, meanwhile, the number to beat for Novel Writing Month is 50,000. So, what did I do? Immediately decided I must participate.
So, Sam and I have rounded up some friends of ours to compete with us. We have put together a pool; each person contributes about 10$ and the first person done, longest novel, and maybe best novel will take home some cash, basically just an extra incentive. Oh, and did I mention that the Amazon based company Create Space will give you a free proof copy of your novel if you reach the 50,000 word goal?

So folks, to accomplish our 50,000 word quota, we will be making regular blog posts, putting up excerpts of mine and Sam’s work. He will be writing two novellas; one about zombies, and I will be writing what will be a cross between Fight Club(Chuck Palahniuk), jPod(Douglas Coupland), Generation A(Also Coupland), and one of Cliff Burns’ novellas, Living with the Foleys, from Righteous Blood.

Well, adios until November 1st when the writing begins, and so will our coverage of the November epic of blood, some mild perspiration, and red bull. Who knows, if all goes well, you might even be able to read the edited and improved version of the novels sometime in 2011… Or maybe even the dreaded Script Frenzy 2010 screenplay!

Keep dreaming.



  1. Good luck with the frenzied writing–if anything, events like NaNoWriMo remind people how tough writing is. Physically producing 50,000 words is one thing but then having those words MAKE SENSE, well, that’s something entirely different.

    I look forward to seeing the results of your labors…

  2. If anything else, it should be nice just as a way to get back into shape, mentally speaking… I think getting into the habit of writing every day is pretty important, and editing through what we’ve written after the month is over should also be a good way to practice editing. A good little event all around.

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