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Videogum Everywhere Mission: Don’t Write A Screenplay In April!

The people who organize National Novel Writing Month, which is absolute nonsense and an insult to novels, are now turning their sights to the silver screen with “Script Frenzy,” an organized fort building club attempt to get people to crank out a bunch of horrible screenplays* during the month of April. It’s called Script Frenzy, and it’s a disaster. From the official website (via iO9):

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or “best” scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner’s Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact.

Ugh. No! Hey, if you want to write a screenplay, PLEASE WRITE ONE! I think that sounds like a really great idea. But this is not how work is done. It’s not a fucking goofball stunt. I know that some people have trouble starting things, but what you have to realize is that basically EVERYONE has trouble starting things, because starting things is very difficult, and if you can’t manage to solve that puzzle out of sheer force of will and the desire to complete a fun and interesting project, then maybe you should find something else to do! As someone who genuinely likes to watch good movies (and read good books) written by people who care about what they do, I find this entire premise to be a disgrace to the entire enterprise. SO! Videogum Everywhere “Agents”! For your latest stunt, you are NOT going to write a screenplay for the month of April. If you are interested in writing one, please choose any other month. LET’S GOOOOOO!

*It would be wrong to eliminate the possibility that someone couldn’t ever crank out an actually GOOD screenplay during this thing, but I find it unlikely, and even more importantly, if you can crank out a decent screenplay in a month then WHAT WERE YOU WAITING FOR? GET OUT THERE AND LIVE YOUR LIFE, GROWN UP!