Can anyone write a screenplay?

Do you believe that writing a script is simple? Unfortunately, it's challenging to write a script. It's also not something you can finish in a few days. The process takes a lot of time, patience, discipline, and self-criticism from the moment you have an idea until you can finish the script (if that time ever comes). I go through a dozen steps when writing a script, and I've already gone through them.

In 12 steps, learn how to write a screenplay.

1. Have an idea

Evidently, there is no plan, no script. However, you must be able to specify and synthesize it in a single sentence in addition to having it. This sentence will be the Logline of your movie (assuming you write a screenplay). I'll repeat it: the logline is written on a single line. The concept should be clear; the more commercial that concept is and the more people it can interest, the better; this is a High concept.

2. Generate interesting conflict

It is now time to expand on this concept. Determine what occurs, when it occurs, and to whom it occurs. In five lines, you'll have your storyline ready. This step must establish who the protagonist is, who his antagonist is, and what conflict they are involved in.

3. Put the characters to work

You must have some good characters before moving on with the story. Allow yourself as much time as you need for this step. There is no right or wrong way to use the characters. Everyone has their method. Some limit themselves to describing them, filling out a file with some basic questions, or creating a massive questionnaire and working on them intensively. You must be sure of your character's personality and how he will react to the conflict, you have planned for him. The more you work on your characters, the easier it will be to write their dialogue and keep consistency throughout the story.

4. Compose a synopsis

let go. Avoid cutting yourself. Make a note of everything right now. Nothing should be left in the inkwell. Then you can cut, choose... Others prefer to write a synopsis of what they believe will be the final script, but I believe it is still too early to predict what will happen. I prefer to write without pressure, then analyze it and stick to what interests me the most.

5 points of dramatic action

As I mentioned, if you write long synopses, now is the time to decide on the action's hot spots. You already know that the first act must include a presentation of the characters, their universe, the situation, and a first turning point that leads us to the second act, where the action begins. This second act is longer and more difficult to write than it appears at first glance. Choose and distribute the turning points, moments of tension, complications, and so on to support the structure and maintain the rhythm.

6. The card game

This point seems to me very funny and very creative. Necessary. Even though it's slow and you often feel like you're wasting your time and just want to start writing, I think it's good to step away from the computer and take the distance that a corkboard full of cards gives you.

You must define the zones representing the three acts on your board. First, write the action scenes or hot spots you have selected earlier on your cards and place them on the board. Now it's just a matter of filling in the rest with the scenes you select from the synopsis you've written.

You can change its order, add, remove, modify... Take your time.

7. Analyze scenes

You can analyze the scenes as you work on your board, with a card for each scene. If they don't advance the plot or aren't informative, they're not worth keeping. Think: what happens if I remove this card? If the answer is NOTHING, remove it. You can also study its structure, make sure they will be correct scenes, and decide how they begin and end each scene's internal conflict.

8. Climb

With your board made, the scenes analyzed, and everything in place, it's time to scale. Just state in one line what happens in that scene. You still have time to change your order once you see it written on the computer.

9. Treatment

The treatment is the next step to the rundown. Some call it a literary script. In this step, what you have to do is develop all the scenes that you already have scaled. But no dialogue.

10. Dialogues

A priori, it seems you have everything under control because the time has come to write the dialogues. The first pages may cost you a little more than you expect, although in any case, you have already worked so much with your script that it seems a natural step; why did you miss being able to dialogue? You know your characters thoroughly, and you know exactly what happens to them in every one of the scenes. The dialogue will come easily, especially as you progress through your script.

11. Rewrite

If the dialogues are better for you after page 25, do not forget to review the first pages to adapt them to the rest. It's good to let some time pass before reading our script and starting with the rewrites. Although sometimes, we do not have the necessary time or patience. But rewriting is always necessary. No matter how well you plan. Rewrite, rewrite and rewrite. Much.

12. Ask someone to read it Asking someone to read our scripts is a difficult point. Especially if you ask someone who doesn't usually write... everyone will think that the fact that you've finished your script already has a lot of merit. But you have to get them to criticize it, to talk to you about its rhythm, the characters, the authenticity... Listen to them and pay attention to them. You write for an audience, right? Do not forget.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.


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