Zero Draft Thirty 2017 Spring Challenge: 3 Days and Counting!

As added motivation download a free ZD30 calendar!

Write an entire first draft of a script in March— FADE IN to FADE OUT in one month.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month's worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive, do THAT!

Here is a ZD30 primer:

Why did you start Zero Draft Thirty?

NaNoWriMo, the write a novel in a month outfit, used to run Script Frenzy, but stopped it in 2012. So why not create month-long challenges to fill that space?

Why the name Zero Draft Thirty?

When I posted the announcement for the initial ZD30 Challenge in October 2015, I made a point that this is not about writing perfect pages, rather this is about pounding out a first draft. I noted how some writers call that initial iteration of a script a vomit draft. Some a muscle draft. And some a zero draft. GITS reader Orange Pop came up with a great title: Zero Draft Thirty.

Zero Draft = Get The Damn Thing Done Draft!
Thirty = 30 days in the month

Shorthand it: ZD30.

You mentioned Twitter. Does the Challenge have a hashtag?

Indeed it does. As you may know, I am active on Twitter, currently with 45K+ followers (@GoIntoTheStory). So whenever you Tweet anything to do with ZD30, use this hashtag:


What if we want to write a TV pilot or rewrite a script?

Absolutely you can use ZD30 for any scripted project.

So how do we interact?

Every day, I will do a ZD30 post here. In it, I will include an inspirational quote, perhaps some reflections on the quote, add a motivational video.

The daily posts are cool, but again where's the interaction part?

As you know, my posts have a response section. That means you can click Comment and write something on any/all of the ZD30 daily posts. Then I will read your comments. Other writers will read your comments. I'll post comments on your comments. Other writers will post comments on your comments. It will be comments, comments, comments all day, all night. That's interaction. Of course, we could all choose a resort location, fly there, and interact, but all those mixed drinks with little umbrellas get in the way of writing, so we best stick with comments.

What sort of comments should we make?

Anything you want, but since the whole point of the ZD30 Challenge is to motivate each of us to pound out pages and get from FADE IN to FADE OUT, at the very least, I would hope you drop in often — ideally on a daily basis — and let us know how many pages you wrote in the previous 24 hours. But feel free to share your joy… or your pain. If you need a boost, ask for it. If you feel inspired, share your insights.

So the comments are really about creating a supportive environment, right?

You took the words right out of my mouth… fingers… keyboard.

I heard you would do 'writing scampers'. What's that about?

Several pro writers including Jane Espenson and John August from time to time invite people via Twitter to join them in 1 hour writing sprints. We came up with writing scampers as a way of embracing the Zero Draft spirit. I'd do them most every day during the Challenge as would others. It's a great way to feel the support of other writers knowing while you're in a writing scamper, other Scampers are with you.

What is this thing called the 24 Writing Scamper-A-Thon?

Every first FRI-SAT of the month, the Zero Draft Thirty Facebook Group lassoes 24 writers from all around the world to host 1 hour writing scampers throughout the entire day. The idea for the ZD30 2017 Spring Challenge: To do the Scamper-A-Thon each week. It's fun. It's productive. And why the hell not?

You give away a daily writing award during the Challenge?

That's right. In the past, it's been The Trumbo Award, but this time around we honor another famous and important Hollywood screenwriter: Anita Loos!

Every day in March, some lucky ZD30 participant will receive The Loos Award. How? Contributing a quote, photo, video, something to inspire writers. Or make us laugh. Just something awesome and worth re-posting here on the blog. You can use Twitter or GITS comments, but in the past most winners have uploaded something on the Zero Draft Thirty Facebook group page.

Any other ZD30 motivational goodies?

How about a Zero Draft Thirty 2017 Spring Challenge Calendar designed and created by Bretton Zinger.

You download the calendar here, then keep track of your progress!

It's amazing how something as tangible as a calendar can serve as a motivational tool, so I encourage you to make use of it.

So I post script pages here?



Ah, got it. Just to underscore this point, the Zero Draft Thirty Challenge is all about one thing: Motivating each of us to write a script draft. That's the focus. Not reviewing script pages. Not networking. Use the Challenge to get from FADE IN to FADE OUT.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please post in comments.

March 1: Type FADE IN.
March 31: Type FADE OUT.

One month. A first draft of an original screenplay. TV pilot. Or a rewrite of an existing script.

For background on the Zero Draft Thirty challenge, go here.

Don't forget the Zero Draft Thirty Facebook group. A terrific collection of 1600+ folks who post things every day, even when we're not in a challenge.

So calling all Zeronauts, Outlaws, Scampers, and Writing Warriors. Who's up for pounding out a Zero Draft in March? LET'S DO THIS THING!

Hashtag: #ZD30SCRIPT.

Zero Draft Thirty 2017 Spring Challenge: 3 Days and Counting! was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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