And so it begins: ScriptFrenzy 2009

So, remember how I said in my last post I was going to write a stage musical for ScriptFrenzy? I lied. Not intentionally, mind you. In fact, until about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, I had every intention of writing my stage musical. But, as it turns out, whatever force that drives me to write had other plans.

I woke up feeling really distressed about what I was planning to write for Screnzy. It was a fun idea, but I just wasn’t feeling it, you know? I’d been having a mini-existential crisis for a few days, as I do from time to time, so I chalked it up to that. And I felt better. For about 20 minutes. So, on the drive to work, I said to no one in particular, “All right, if you want me to write something else, you’d better give me an idea and quick.”

That morning I spent some time link-jumping, digging through my idea box, and soul-searching. I’d been thinking for a while that I really wanted to write something about women. And I wanted to do a story about women that wasn’t really a story about men (e.g., wedding-themed movies, most romantic comedies, etc.). Not that there’s anything wrong with those sorts of stories. I enjoy them a lot of the time. But I wanted to write a story about women and their relationships with one another.

Whilst searching Billy Mernit’s fabulous blog for inspiration, I stumbled across a post of his about memento mori votives. Memento mori translates roughly to “Remember you will die.” I was checking out the wiki on it, which then led me to some other Latin phrases.

And I was intrigued by these phrases. So then I started going through my Idea Box. I’d made a note about an old PostSecret card from someone having an existential crisis and a note about doppelgängers and vardøgrs.

And then I thought, “BAM! Comedy!” What? Isn’t that how your brain works?

So I jotted down notes in between work tasks the rest of the day, and then I wrote up half a beat sheet that night whilst watching American Idol. And the rest is history. I wrote my first 5 pages tonight, and so far, so good. We’ll see how the rest of the month goes, but I’m cautiously optimistic so far, despite the disturbing lack of preparation.

One thought on “And so it begins: ScriptFrenzy 2009

  1. i’m glad you are going for it, sarah d.! your blog reminded me of the “Eat, Pray, Love” author lecture you sent me a few weeks ago, about how she’d heard a poet say that her ideas flow through her and she’d have to grab it before it left her. way to take a chance! good luck!

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