I’m not participating in the 14 day screenwriting challenge.
This is mostly because I don’t think it’s do-able. (At least, not for people who haven’t been training for months in high-altitude screenwriting training camps in the mountains.)
90 pages over 14 days is about 6.5 pages a day. That’s a hard slog for a professional writer working from an outline. A hundred pages would be more than seven a day. In addition to the day job.
I’m just not that good yet.
Larry Brody – who’s worked in television for an awful long time (and has the credits to prove it) averages seven pages a day working on a pilot or TV movie.
This is a guy who has had a hell of a lot of practice.
Joe Straczynksi (credits) wrote 10 pages a day rain or shine for many many years.
Trying to keep up with these guys in your first race is gonna kill ya. And if you haven’t got an outline (or twenty years of practice so you can just internalise the whole process), then it’s goodnight vienna.
In December last year I got into a pissing contest with a screenwriting friend who, like me, didn’t have a feature spec. A complete Draft Zero, from nothing, in two months.
I spent the first month outlining and the second writing.
Thanks to the outline, I could then manage an average of four pages in two hours of an evening. Just about enough to get the draft finished in a month and still have a day off here and there. But it was still bloody hard work.
(William, of course, left his to the last minute and ended up writing 40 pages on the day of the deadline. And his was still better written than mine. Bastard.)
This last two months (fortmonth?), we’re at it again. And with a fresh competitor in the race.
I’m in the end stretch, and I’m doing five pages a night in two hours (if I’m lucky) or three (if I’m not).
The effort’s damn near killing me, but I think it’s do-able, thanks to the outline.
So I have this to say to everyone that took up the 14 day screenwriting challenge:
But I like you.
Good luck over the next four days.