Turns out April really is the month to get inspired to write that new play. Budding playwrights (and dialogue-based script writers of all forms): meet Script Frenzy! Script Frenzy dares you to write 100 pages of a new script in the month of April. So, if November and NaPlWriMo is too far away and you’re ready to get started right away, in fact, you were ready yesterday… www.scriptfrenzy.org looks like the way to go.
They have some great resources on their website, like information about script formatting, a list of all the free and not-so-free software available, and all kinds of articles and advice. I love love love that all this is available for free online. And I love that I can share about it here on this blog of mine.
But dare I say it, the more computerized my everyday world becomes, the more I treasure my work as a playwright. After all, I spend all those hours on my computer alone writing because a play brings people together – bodies, imaginations, emotions, and intellects – in time and space. And because nothing beats being in a room with a bunch of other people hearing the brand new pages of your script you just wrote last night out loud, sharing ideas and feedback, debating and discussing and deliberating and eating brownies while bawling and guffawing and holding our collective breath and leaning in close…. I suppose there’s probably an app for all that now, minus the brownies. And I am indecently attached to my iPhone. But I’ll take a room at Grub Street any day. BYO brownies.