The BlueCat Screenplay Competition is putting on a little challenge for screenwriters: write at least three pages a day for thirty days, starting on Monday, September 16. If you follow through with the challenge, by the end of thirty days you should have the rough draft of your next script in hand.
To be an aspiring writer means that there is always an obligation somewhere else – work, school, family, etc. – and most of our energy and attention is diverted away from actually writing our screenplay.
Author Ray Bradbury shares the most common tip given by professionals to aspiring writers: “You must write every single day of your life.” With all of life’s responsibilities, attaining this level of discipline is difficult. But it is certainly within reach for everyone.
That is why BlueCat Screenwriting is starting its Fall Goalpost. Write 90 pages in 30 days. No, you don’t have to buy something or do anything unreasonable. There is no secret, really–you’ve probably figured it out after reading the title. All you need is thirty minutes a day and the writing tool(s) of your choice.
- Every day, set aside thirty minutes to write at least three pages of your screenplay. Do not expect these pages to be masterpieces. The goal here is to get them done. If you write more, that’s awesome, but make sure to hit that three-page minimum. Skipping a day and telling yourself you’ll write six pages tomorrow is cheating.
- After you write your three pages, share how much you’ve written with the rest of us on the Fall Goalpost Event page on BlueCat’s Facebook. Write your progress in the comments section and you’ll see that you are not alone.
- Continue to do this every day for the next 30 days. This step is the hardest to follow and it’s the reason why Step 2 is so important. A half-hour a day isn’t bad at all when you think about it.
- The challenge will end on October 15th, and if you followed all the directions, you will have at least 90 pages of your script written and ready for revisions!
That’s all there is to it. Spend thirty minutes a day to hone your skill, develop good writing habits, and produce tangible contentthat you can actually show people. So get your thoughts together and plan and pre-write. We begin next Monday, September 16th.
I won’t be participating in this challenge as laid out — instead, I’ve challenged myself to write for three hours every weekday. That’s what I’m capable of with my current schedule. You should do what works for you. And if you could use some extra motivation, the Fall Goalpost is a great way to get started.
On a related note, if you’ve never entered the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, I highly recommend it. I can’t speak to how well winning serves your career, as I’ve only entered the current contest. However, my $50 entry got me feedback from two great readers within a month of submitting. The feedback was some of the most helpful I’ve gotten on this script, and by far the cheapest. The next deadline is October 15.