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Successful Scriptwriting: 7 Tips from a Screenplay Writer

How to Become a Screenplay Writer

You have decided you want to be a screenplay writer but you aren’t sure where to begin. A good start would be learning how to write a script. The best screenplay writers were all beginners at some point. Here are some screenplay tips from screenplay writers that will help get you started on the road to being a screenplay writer yourself:

screenplay writerAt some point a writer should take a screenplay example and analyze it down to the atomic level. As they watch the movie they should be able to turn the pages of the script in their head. Watching movies and reading scripts is a different thing once you have done this. In one respect it ruins movies for you because it’s hard to enjoy the story, as you’re also watching how the story is being told. That’s what it’s like to be a professional writer. Beginners may be willing to watch lots of movies and read lots of scripts as it’s fun, and they mistakenly believe they’re getting a complete education. However any knowledge gained is only superficial and they don’t really understand what’s going on at the deeper levels inside the movie.

best screenplay writersTo be successful, a writer must be highly disciplined and make writing a priority. Don’t wait for inspiration before you actually sit down and write. You need to set writing goals of some sort if you actually want to complete a script. Your goals may be a certain number of hours of actual writing, the number of pages per day you write or the number of scenes. Make a deal with yourself, that you won’t leave your desk until you’ve completed a certain number of pages and the progress you make will surprise you. The difference between successful writers and those who are not is that when it is all said and done, at the end of the day successful writers have more completed pages written than they did the day before.

screenplay tipsDon’t get hung up on how long you’re taking. There is no single correct length of time for script writing. Sometimes inspiration might strike quickly, resulting in a shorter process with lots of editing condensed into several months, while other times a script can take years. Neither approach is inherently better than the other.

script writingSet high standards for yourself. Take the necessary time to develop your craft. As a beginner, you need to know what high standards are and raise the quality of your work to exceed those standards. Learn to discriminate between what makes good and bad writing. Read great scripts and compare them to scripts you have written. You will be able to see the difference on the page and be inspired to raise the quality of your own work. Writing that moves the reader in any way, that enables them to identify with a character, gets them involved in the story, and provides surprises and emotional satisfaction is good writing. Writing that is unoriginal, clichéd and boring is bad. As a screenwriter trying to improve your craft, you need to discriminate between good and bad writing before submitting a script and having somebody else make the determination for you.

screenplay exampleJust finish it. This is probably the best screenwriting tip anybody can offer you. After all what use is a screenplay that isn’t finished? Your first draft is essentially your outline and something you can build from. Many consider getting the first 90 pages down to be the hardest part. It isn’t necessarily true but its a good start. Next comes the hard work which is getting the thing into shape and making it into a finished product that a producer can look at and instantly recognize as something that’s “working”. However you can’t get anything into shape if it hasn’t been written. Just getting it down on paper and having all your ideas right there in front of you is a great way beginning. You’ll go through many more drafts, of course, and the editing process will likely test the limits of your sanity, but once it’s written, it’s written and nobody can take that away from you.

screenplay writerAs a general guideline, think in these terms: An interesting protagonist is faced with a difficult challenge that will force him or her to change over the course of the story. That structure works 100% of the time, no matter what the genre. A script that doesn’t have all of these elements will likely fail. Create an interesting, consistent, flawed character that an audience will respond and relate to. Consider the decisions that have led this character to the crisis that confronts them at the beginning of the story, the decisions that only serve to make things worse but at the same time bring them closer to an understanding of the need to change and finally the decisions as a changed, evolved character that will lead to addressing problems in a more effective way

best screenplay writersBe original. Screenwriters gain respect and opportunities by standing out from the crowd and doing something different. Regardless of the genre producers and executives want to work with writers who have an original voice and fresh ideas. Don’t be afraid to buck trends and innovate in your screenplay.

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