8 Things to Consider Writing a Script

In this post, we go over eight things to consider writing a script.

On the surface, attempting to write a script or screenplay appears to be deceptively simple. This is because everyone has an innate understanding of the language used in cinematic storytelling.

Everyone has experienced the ability to anticipate a character's next move, when the plot will shift directions, or when the monster is about to crash through the window.

This is an inevitable (and crucial) byproduct of growing up watching movies. So it makes sense that we think writing a script or telling a story would be easy.

However, as you learn how to write a screenplay, you'll discover that in addition to mastering structure, you also need to use creativity to prepare a few other essential elements of the plot.

8 Things to Consider Writing a Script

Here are eight elements to consider when writing a script.

1. Name your project

Okay, this may seem obvious and elementary, but it is crucial. Naming your script can be difficult in most cases, so you should begin naming your script as soon as you have an idea. That's correct, "names." Most writers go through 5 titles during the development process before settling on a final name.

However, naming your project will help you feel more authentic or formal. When you think about it for inspiration, it will help you to place yourself in that specific project, and the name's personality, tone, and style will motivate you to follow that line when you begin with the content.

Thinking of a title may also assist you in putting your creativity to work to overcome the dreadful writer's block that affects all of us.

2. Context

Consider the overall context of your story. For example, what time is it and where is it located? Is this a historical date and time or an apocalypse created entirely in your imagination?

This is critical when developing your characters and, of course, your plot. The tone of your script is influenced by context, actions, motivations, and interactions.

If you don't have the context clear before you begin developing your story, you may not only make mistakes in your script but also waste a plot point or an important moment in the plot because you didn't have that context in mind when you began writing.

3. Choose a genre and subgenre

Is it supposed to be a comedy? A horror film? Is it a horror comedy? You can't begin writing a script without first determining its genre and, if applicable, subgenre. This will completely change the tone of your script, and if you don't have it clear, the audience will be disappointed if they start watching a comedy and end up watching a drama.

This is not to say that you can't make a story that starts off light and funny and ends with a sad twist; plenty of films like this have great structure. But if you don't know from the start that that's your intention, you won't be able to control your story and bring it to a satisfying conclusion.

4. Meet your protagonist (and key characters)

The most important aspects of creating a well-developed character are believability and relatability. Every decision and dialogue you write for your character will be influenced by his personality, motivations, and worldview.

Every hero also requires a villain or opponent, a sidekick, and a mentor or guardian.

For example, what would Goku have become if Master Roshi or Krillin had not existed?

Using archetypes is the most effective way to clarify your character development. These will assist you in defining the foundation of each key character.

5. What is your protagonist looking for?

Every story has to start with a conflict that usually comes before the protagonist's wishes. If there were no conflict… well, it would be a very boring plot. But before defining the obstacles, you have to give him motivation.

The motivation can change throughout the story, but of course, that change has to make sense.

6. Obstacles and conflicts

A good conflict is key to every story.

First, you need a reason why it is difficult for your protagonist to achieve his goals. If you have a character trying to accomplish something and things get in their way, it creates conflict. How your character overcomes (or doesn't overcome) that conflict makes the difference between a good or bad story.

Conflicts are necessary to define the structure of a script. For example, you need to know where your plot points will be and what your midpoint will be, so you have to know where to put them.

7. What is the theme (or themes)?

What is your script about? What is the topic you are talking about?

The theme is that "deep" message that has been explored in the story. For example, this can be the value of friendship, the love between father and son, the cost of greed, etc.

There will always be the main theme, just as you will always have a main genre, but this does not mean that you cannot deal with more than one topic in your story.

Just know that cramming too many themes into two hours of the film might be a bit overwhelming for the audience.

8. What is the ending?

You will hear many screenwriters say that the hardest part of any script is the ending, and there is a reason for this… it's because it is!

But if you start writing your script with no idea what ​​your ending is, you're just adding another level of complexity to yourself that isn't necessary.

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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