Write a script for NaNoWriMo, Part 1 / by Jared Jones

writerlyn:

writerlyn:

Love the camaraderie of NaNoWriMo, but don’t, you know, love writing novels?  More of a film or tv person?  Still want the challenge?

Then lets all write a script in November.

Same (general) rules apply.  You can’t start writing the script until November 1st, and must finish it by November 30th.  You can write the script evenly over that time, or all in one night.  Though that’s not really suggested. 

I’ll be putting out a section on efficient outlining tomorrow.

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The Down and Dirty

Now, an average screenplay is around 100 pages.  The month of November has 30 days. 

So you need to write 3.5 approximate pages a day.  For easy math.  You have some extra wiggle room in there if you do it this way.

Or you need to write around 25 pages a week, if that’s an easier way to do it for you.

For television, the average pilot is 60 pages.  So that’s a nice and easy 2 pages a day, no additional math needed. 

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The “Keep Yourself Accountable” Schedule

This is, like always, a guide.  It’s what I found to be the easiest, and I keep this on my phone by date.

  1. 3.5
  2. 7
  3. 10.5
  4. 14
  5. 17.5
  6. 21
  7. 24.5
  8. 28
  9. 31.5
  10. 35
  11. 38.5
  12. 42
  13. 45.5
  14. 49
  15. 52.5
  16. 56
  17. 59.5
  18. 63
  19. 66.5
  20. 70
  21. 73.5
  22. 77
  23. 80.5
  24. 84
  25. 87.5
  26. 91
  27. 94.5
  28. 98
  29. 101.5
  30. 105

You see by this method, if your screenplay is ONLY 100 pages, you finish two days early.  And it’s always nicer to have some wiggle room.

Coming up next, planning for the month of October, so you hit the ground running.

Bringing this back for this year! 

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