At SoCreate, we’re on a mission to make screenwriting fun again, to make it more accessible, and to help writers around the world tell their stories and make their dreams come true. That’s why, before we’ve even launched our software, we’re looking for ways to help writers in any way we can.

In mid-2019, we had an idea: What would happen if we removed a common barrier to success to see if we could kickstart one screenwriter’s dream? We’ve heard from so many of you that it is a struggle to balance jobs and free time for writing and that paying your bills becomes the priority over pursuing your passion. So, what if? What if you didn’t have to pay bills for three months, and instead, you’d have the luxury of time to write?

Well, the screenplay below is the result of one screenwriter getting that chance. Zachary Rowell, 28, from Los Angeles, won our “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, which awarded him $3,000 per month to pay his bills if he promised to write a feature-length script in 90 days. In an early interview, he told us that winning the grand prize would change his life.

Screenwriter Zachary Rowell

Since October, he’s vlogged his challenges and successes, and sought input and advice from the writing community. He found more confidence in writing drama, honed some hilarious comedic scenes, found a trick to stay positive, and discovered the perfect reward for a job well done. And now, it’s time for the culmination of those efforts.

Read his screenplay for “Stillwater Runs Deep” and tell us what you think. *** Warning: this script is not for children. We'd consider it R-rated, meaning it includes adult humor, language, content, and some violence.

If you didn’t see the vlog series, we’ve posted the entire playlist to our SoCreate YouTube Channel, or you can click the links below. We learned a lot from the process, and we hope you will, too.

Stay tuned for future contests like this one, and more exciting updates from SoCreate in 2020!

90 Days Starts Now! Follow Along as Zachary Rowell Writes a Feature-Length Screenplay by December 31, 2019

Week 1 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Character Descriptions, Comedy vs. Drama, and Title Suggestions

Week 2 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: “Parasite” Movie, the Comparison Trap, and Why You Should Always End the Day on a High Note

Week 3 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Watch Him Write a Scene in Under 15 Minutes

Week 4 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Finding an Apartment, Finding an Ending, and Why Zachary Says if He Can Do This, So Can You

Week 5 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: The Backward Way to Approach Rewrites, and How to Stay Positive When the Process Gets You Down

Week 6 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: How to Stay in Love with Screenwriting

Week 7 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: How to Take Good and Bad Feedback and Use it to Write the Best Screenplay Possible

Week 8 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Look Backward … Yet

Week 9 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Maybe All You Need is a Cookie

Week 10 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Week 11 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Forget to Ask Yourself These Questions

Week 12 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: Don’t Fear the Rewrite

Week 13 of Zachary Rowell’s 90-Day Screenplay Challenge: The End

Happy writing,

Courtney Meznarich, Director of Community Outreach