A friend just mentioned to me that she knows of someone turning out a full 20-30 page script in 45 minutes. That’s astounding! O_o! My own writing speed when it comes to audio drama scripts is about 6 hours for a 20-30 page script. The time seems to fly by while I’m working, but when I look at the clock usually about 6 hours worth of time have passed to produce a single first draft.
Of course, I rarely write scripts in one sitting. Most of my scripts are written in 2 or 3 sittings, depending on how hard the script is and how things are flowing. Sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and just write, since it’s all too easy to plan instead of write. Hmm…I guess I’m not including planning time in that 6 hours either, and I do spend a lot of time thinking about scripts as I plan them. As I try to have hooks or twists in my scripts, and most of them are meant to be self-contained stories it takes a lot of extra little planning to make sure it all fits together well.
So, how long does it take to put together a script? I guess the real answer is- as long as it takes to do it right.