May 2, 2012

fade out 2012

I hit 101 pages on my Script Frenzy project at about 8:30 p.m., Monday night. I still have about 10 or so pages to go on the whole project, but surpassing 100 pages is good enough for me and the powers that be at Script Frenzy.

Before I get into the serious analysis, I'd like to thank everyone for the support. I could not have done it without you, so seriously thanks.

So now for the wrap party. Let's start with how I'm feeling...

Having successfully taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge twice, now, I have to say Script Frenzy felt easier. I think it's because I knew what to expect as far as pacing goes. Or maybe it is easier. I don't know. Until the last day (when I had 10 pages to go when I woke up) I never felt stressed. That's compared to NaNoWriMo where I worried the whole time.

And while I was pleased to reach the 100-page mark (doing my celebratory Breakfast Club-infused fist pump in the air up completion), after that it was business as usual. It's how I felt when I finished NaNoWriMo in November: happy, but not surprised. Maybe the reason I was so much happier the first time around was the fact that until the end of the month, I did not know I was going to pass the milestone. When I did, I realized I had it in me to be a writer. I set out to accomplish something, an I did it. That made it an emotional experience.

So, yeah...

I'm pleased with the plan I had going into this project. The more organized I am before I begin writing, the better the process. However, my plan changed while I wrote. About halfway through, I realized I did not need as many episodes as originally planned to tell the story. Interestingly enough, doing this also helped me better develop the book that this idea is based on. (I know that's backwards -- writing the web series before the book is done, but whatevs. It worked for me.)

My biggest obstacle writing still has to be laziness, and that is something I need to get over. Someday, I'll be better at saying no to the lure of my favorite bar on a Friday night. Someday, I'll get up every time my alarm rings early in the morning. Someday I will have more discipline. But until then, I'll just have to plug away at my writing when I can.

I don't know if I'll do Script Frenzy again. It depends on if I have a story to tell. Right now, I'm more excited than ever to work on my novel writing, and that counts for a lot. Motivation is not always easy to come by, so thanks, Script Frenzy, for giving me that.

How did the rest of you do on your Frenzy journeys? I want details, people!

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