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Oh, guys, I have what feels like a terrible confession to make. It’s ten to five in the afternoon on the last day of April, which is Scriptfrenzy month. For those of you who don’t know what Scriptfrenzy is, it’s a bit like NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is… I should probably stop this now and assume that we have at least some shared understanding of the world or else this is going to turn into Descartes’ Philosophical Investigations and my oven’s too small for me to fit into so that would never work (this is an obscure philosophy in-joke about the life of Descartes in case you were wondering).

Well anyway. In NaNo the challenge is to write a 50,000 page novel in thirty days. i’ve kind of managed this the last two years, mainly because I had two big advantages both times – firstly, long-term unemployment and secondly, a total inability to recognise that what I was writing was, structurally speaking, lousy. Only figured that out later. Better later than during, I suppose. Would probably have been best to figure that out beforehand and written something better, but it isn’t a perfect world.

In Scriptfrenzy you have to write 100 pages of script. There are a lot fewer words per page in a script than in a novel manuscript. I can knock out about a page of script every ten minutes or so quite easily (it isn’t always good script, but in Scriptfrenzy that’s hardly the object of the exercise). I just find the process of writing a script much easier, you only have to worry about dialogue and movement, diction is much less of a problem, and you have the fun of watching your own movie in your head while you’re doing it.

So I didn’t take the Frenzy very seriously, compared to NaNo, and in fact I was just going to do it at weekends – ten or fifteen pages a day would see me comfortably over the line. And yet here we all are with seven hours left to go, forty pages left to write, and a dawning realisation that it just isn’t going to happen for me.

I’m not sure why this should be. I could write forty pages of script in seven hours, no problem. I’m just not feeling the story, I’ve no idea what the climax is going to be in more than the roughest terms (leading lady would turn into a cat due to her repressed libido being unleashed – and in case you think that’s a rip off of Cat People, gold star to you, that’s the point I’m going for), and while I like the idea of the movie – kind of The Expendables but with horror movie characters – I’m finding it hard to really invest in writing a movie script that a) isn’t seriously intended for production and b) would be impossible to make anyway for all sorts of rights issues. Maybe I should’ve written something else but the tank’s been pretty dry since the crushing realisation that the two NaNo things were both junk and maybe I just can’t hack it as a proper writer of anything except smart-mouthed film reviews after all.

Why do I feel the need to blog about this? Well partly it’s because I feel bad about starting stuff and not finishing it. There are a few undercoated Eldar harlequins on top of the microwave I’ve been meaning to paint since January and I just feel a bit bad every time I warm up a croissant or something and they’re still sitting there waiting for me. So, if you know me and you see me please give me a hard time over not finishing my script even though it was simply an exercise in writing for pleasure because I really feel I deserve it. I think I will have to go over to the OLL website and donate some money to them in an attempt to salve my conscience. Come to think of it I was going to donate some money to a cancer charity because of Lis Sladen and I haven’t done that yet either. Boy, sometimes it seems like I never get anything done.

Anyway, as attempts at atonement go this is a pretty lame one (I’ve been reading a lot of stuff by Vern recently, if you’re wondering why my writing style has gone all weird), but it’s the best I can do right now. You have my permission to diss me until I finally take on a project of substance and finish it properly.

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