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Screenwriting Challenge: Can You Write an Original Screenplay in a Month?

Screenwriting Challenge: Can You Write an Original Screenplay in a Month?

Inspired by NANOWRIMO, where people commit to writing a draft of a novel in November, screenwriter Scott Myers is adapting the challenge for screenwriting and inviting people to pound out a feature-length screenplay in November. He’s posted about the challenge on his blog Go Into The Story, the official screenwriting blog of The Black List. He’s calling it Zero Draft Thirty

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In past years, NANOWRIMO also sponsored a screenwriting challenge called Script Frenzy, which ran from 2007 to 2012. On his blog, Myers explains why he decided to resurrect it and how the new challenge will work:

Zero Draft is what some writers call the vomit draft… or muscle draft… the just-get-the-damn-thing-done draft.

And thirty is… well… the number 30 which is… oh, yeah… the number of days in November!

So Zero Draft Thirty it is! What I’m thinking is this:

* Each day, I will compose and upload a ZDT post. In it, I will include an inspirational writing quote, something motivational.* I encourage writers who have taken up the challenge to come by each day, head to comments in the ZDT post, and share some thoughts on your process. You may just write something generally about how you’re feeling… good, bad, happy, sad, uplifted, frustrated. Perhaps you will note what page count you managed for that day or the week.

* Don’t upload actual pages!!! Keep those to yourself. This is not a workshop, rather a 30 day online forum where we can come together and support each other as we pound out pages.

So two things today.

First, if you haven’t yet committed to the Zero Dark Thirty challenge, head to comments and stake your claim. 

Second, if you have any great inspirational writing quotes, please email to me or post in comments. I’ve got quite a few, but can always use more.

Who’s in? Find out how to commit to the challenge here. And if you want to follow the challenge on Twitter, use the hashtag #ZD30SCRIPT.

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