aka Write a Script in November
Like NaNoWriMo, but for Scripts!
This doc exists to offer up the collection of contexts, goals, and a potential set of rules, as well as to solicit collaborators and anyone who might want to join WriScrivember as more of a leader.
If you have writing questions - either for audio drama, film/TV, comics - you name it - please submit those here so I (Zach Valenti) can address them in the email series I’ll be organizing.
I have a copy of everything below in a backup doc and Google Docs is great at tracking revisions, so don’t worry about editing or adding stuff.
Please just be respectful of others and make sure you’re not erasing anyone’s ideas. Be kind. No hate speech. Please & thank you!
When in doubt, use comments instead of editing.
The big goals I have for WriScrivember are (in order of priority):
2) An audio or video interview (phone, Skype, or IRL) for the podcasts & videos I’ll be doing during the month for the community.
3) Introductions / recommendations of online creators I should talk to about this for any other reasons above. Especially if you know of actors, editors, producers interested in putting together the content winner’s United for Puerto Rico benefit audio drama.
I have too many ideas that are too undeveloped to execute on. I’m going to use this challenge to write many shorter scripts for YouTube videos and podcast series[f] I’m contemplating executing on in 2018. I’ll likely also be sharing some brainstorming session about a feature script idea[g] I’ve been kicking around, but it’s not my intention to actually write that in November.
I have until the end of the semeste[h]r to write and produce at least the first four episodes of an audio drama for my campus radio station[i][j][k]. I’ll be using this month to completely finish translating these from outline to script (rough draft)[l]. I also have a couple of side projects that I want to work on if I finish my goal for each day for the radio drama.
I’m a visual arts student already entrenched in animation finals [n][o]but I signed up to further my storytelling skills, which are a bit lacking, I’ve been focusing on the visual stuff until now. I’d love to write scripts for animated shorts or potentially an audio drama (it’s a medium I love, and would love to explore).[p][q] More specific goals: less stiff dialogue, more cohesive story, and more dynamic/dimensional characters![r][s]
Well, while I was considering signing up and worrying about never having written in script form before, apparently I just volunteered to write the Christmas play script[t] for the school I teach at.[u] Does that count?[v]
Update: IT’S A MASTERPIECE. (My class is Special Needs, I had to make it extremely straightforward, and write specific characters to what that child will realistically cope with. So it was a fun challenge! It is super short, but I’m still going to give myself a gold star for achieving A Script.)
At the moment I’m attempting to adapt a story written by a friend of mine into an audiodrama [w][x][y]that we’ll hopefully create at some point next year, and I’ve not been the most motivated in getting the writing done. The story isn’t quite finished yet, which I’m using as an excuse, but there’s plenty to write before I need to worry about the ending.[z] I’ve spend so much time thinking about the casting and recording and editing and everything else that will happen once we have a script, and not that much time actually working on the scripts[aa], so I’m using this to try and motivate myself to write. I’m only aiming to write 30 pages, because 90 pages sounds a bit overwhelming to me,[ab] especially as I’m going away for a few days when I won’t be able to write, and I don’t want to stress about getting behind, but if I can do more, I’m going to try to.
Script-writing has always been something I’ve wanted to get into, especially with my current obsession with podcasts.[ac] One day, I hope to make one but first I need the idea. So I guess this is a way to kickstart that process.[ad] I’m not sure if I’ll finish the month or even still like the idea at the end of November, but at least I will have finished and it’s a sign that I can do this.[ae] So I’m really excited to see how I grow as a writer and see how I’ve progressed in plot-building over the course of a month[af][ag]. Right now, I’m working on two at once (one with a friend) so here’s to hoping I don’t burn myself out before the end.[ah][ai]
Okay, so scripts are...not my strong suit[aj]. So this is me attempting to tackle the challenge of telling a story without use of verbage[ak] (‘s totally a word) and descriptions that are strictly prose-ish-y in nature. I’m working with one or two others on an audio drama plot that hopefully will be alright, [al]since I’m going to be doing most of the actual scriptwriting. If you convert my intrinsic motivation into a percentage, you'll end up with a negative number[am] - so I figure this'll help me actually get something done. So, that said, thanks so much for the opportunity!
I have this idea for a audio drama, and I have already written the first draft of the first episode. I’ll be using this to get a few more scripts out.[an] (I am a little iffy about a couple of the characters[ao][ap]. Once I write a few more episodes it will be easier for me to tell if they should exist, or if what they are doing should be included with another character.)[aq][ar][as][at]
I’m writing story and scripts for a game I’m building[au]. First time writing a, like, full story, and first time writing scripts, so this’ll be an adventure. Have a real bad habit of getting bogged down in researching things that aren’t really that important at the current moment, so gonna try to push myself to just finish even if things[av] don’t entirely make sense. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯[aw]
Em and Eliza
We’re working on a noir-inspired 1950s buddy cop audio drama [ax][ay](featuring art, friendship, murder and animal puns[az]) which is an idea we’ve been kicking around for the last couple months--and now is our chance to actually get it started. Our goal is to complete drafts of two 45 minute episodes and additional background content.[ba] Edit: possibly 3 or 4 episodes, since we’re done with episode 1 already!
I’m working on a radio drama about a radio station that reports on people turning into creatures and the superheroes who combat the threat. An idea that has been bouncing around my brain for a couple of months, but it’s been hard to work on while touring Australia doing science shows, So this is a good chance to push myself. My goal is to finish S1 with a total of 10 20-25min episodes.[bb][bc][bd][be]
I’m working on a standalone story involving two characters that I’ve already created, an older vampire with complete power, and a chilled out hunter who manages to trap her. [bf][bg]I really enjoy stories that trap people who are very different together[bh], and the chance to get Zach Valenti’s amazing voice on something I wrote was too good to pass up. I’m also using this as a test to see how interesting my characters can be, because if I can’t write 30 pages of them having a conversation, I think that’s a good lesson to learn on creating interesting characters. Good luck on everyone’s projects! They all sound very cool.
I’ve had a story idea floating around in the back of my head for a while now, and since all my other writing projects are in editing and production phases I figured now would be a good time to get this one down on paper! Because editing is a nightmare[bi] and sometimes you need to write something new, you know? I originally intended for it to be in novel form, but I kind of want to see how it would work as an audio drama.[bj] My goal is just to get the first draft of it done, and if I manage that I might try to refine it a little.
My goal is to finish the first season[bk][bl] of scripts for an audio drama I’ve been slowly working on. I don’t know if I’ll quite get there, but this seems like a great way to motivate myself to get a bigger bulk of work done. I already have general outlines for most of it,[bm] so I just need to keep my motivation/dedication up for the whole month…[bn][bo]
I’m in the first draft stage of a serial horror AD currently with 32k words somewhere in the 6th episode. The episodes are all outlined and I’m using WriScri (as well as a NaNo group at my workplace) to keep me accountable and hyped to wrap writing the season by the end of the month[bp][bq]. I’d been bouncing back and forth between writing and learning Reaper and doing a spare-room studio build[br][bs], but this month will be solely focused on writing.
My goal for this month is to have a full outline for the first season of my AD project, have the first draft of script two and three done and the polished version of script one under way on top of perhaps a couple of mini-episodes worthy[bt] scripts.
My first goal is to finish the rough draft of the first episode of the audio drama that my friend and I are working on. Our larger goal for that is to have a set of full scripts for a season 1 (not during November), and then we’ll decide if we want to put it into production[bu]. My smaller goal is that I want to write every day on something, whether it’s the script, or prose, or some freewriting, just to build the habit back up.
I’m in the middle of a very busy semester right now, so my goal is just working on a script for a silly ghost-hunting romcom webseries as stress relief. [bv][bw][bx][by] As long as I spend a little time most days writing fun spooky shenanigans, I’m counting this as a win :)
When I first heard about Wriscrivember (from the amazing folks at “The Once and Future Nerd,” which is my bread and butter these days), I thought to myself, “Self! Let’s write that audio drama we’ve been thinking about lo these many months!” And then I looked at my calendar for November and I thought to myself, “Self! We might need to tone that back a little bit…”[bz] S[ca][cb]O...my revised goal is to do some lesson plans/lectures (which are script-like in the way I usually compiled them) AND then work on one episode of the audio drama, which is set in the 8th century, during the reign of Charlemagne the King, focusing on this totally badass English nun [cc]who was Charlemagne’s advisor and also the educational reforms happening at the same time. Glad to be in this work with you all!
I’ve had a couple of ideas for some playing around in my head for a while, so I’m using this as an excuse to get started on them. I’m also trying to figure out what creative medium is the most comfortable for me, and script-writing sounds like a good place to start; whether it’ll end up being an AD or play format, I’m not entirely sure yet… Either way, I tend to keep everything in my head and have the hardest time getting ideas written down, so this should help.[cd][ce][cf]
I plan to use WriScrivember to finish the first draft of an audio drama that I’ve wanted to work on for some time and write a couple of scripts for the webcomic I plan to publish next year. For the audio drama I want to have at minimum forty pages done and for the webcomic at minimum 5 issues written.
I have had this story brewing in the back of my head for a while- first as a novel, then as an audio drama. It’s a steampunk paranormal drama about Mo, a brilliant inventor and spiritualist, and her partner Guillemot, an agnostic but equally brilliant inventor who honestly wishes she wasn’t so dramatic during their exorcisms. My goal is to get through episodes 1-3 and plan for future episodes. While I have the basic story in my head, I still need to figure out how each episode is going to take me to the end, if that makes any sense.
My current goal for this month is to draft at least three episodes of an audio drama. It's a supernatural mystery about a genderqueer student in an all-girl's boarding school, their missing girlfriend, and a key that opens doors that may be better left locked. I've written novels, short stories, and video game scripts, but this is a new medium for me, so it's been a fun project so far. Good luck all!
My goal was to reach 50k words through November and I hit it!! I’m really excited to have a plotline for this audio drama story I wanted to write because I went into November without any idea what I was going to write about. It’s basically a story where abstract concepts are personified and work on a space station of sorts to change the lives of people. So if someone is deciding whether or not to propose, for instance, the concept Love helps them work through the decision. Pretty proud of my script so far and super excited to start editing it <3