Script Frenzy, NaNoWriMo’s sister challenge to write a script in a month, is just over three weeks away, and for once I don’t have to worry about a lack of plot because I’m adapting my first 2010 NaNo novel. This year’s Script Frenzy is an attempt at outlining via writing a screenplay, which should work better than a regular outline for me for a couple of reasons.
I can’t stand outlining. Putting together an outline has been one of the banes of my existence for years, even when teachers made us outline for school papers. I admit that I’ve made vague outlines in college for papers and have found them helpful, but beyond that? Forget it. Outlines are too restraining and don’t give me the ability to truly be creative; I have to get started and think of what happens next to kick my brain into action. To my brain, outlines are an excuse for staying in the planning stage and not getting started.
Besides my distaste for outlining, writing the screenplay of my novel lets me write the exciting parts. The movie version will show only what goes on the screen and what can be seen and heard. I don’t have to worry about those internal dialogues or what the character’s thinking at that moment because the viewer doesn’t care. The action matters, and since I’m going to be revising the storyline a lot, concentrating on the story next month will be extremely helpful.