Why is screenwriting so hard?

Often, our desire to write a screenplay stems from the same experience: going to the movies or watching TV shows. This is what has brought us here today.

The pleasure of going to the cinema

We felt this pleasure as we entered the room, settling into the seat we sometimes patiently selected in front of our computer screen. We take off our jackets, and sit down, and the lights dim. Then, our hearts begin to race, and happiness overtakes us even though the film has yet to begin.

The first images from the film are then printed on a large white canvas, and we're off! And the film we're watching transports us. Then everything comes back to life; we may think it wasn't a masterpiece, but whatever it was, the magic worked and inspired us to embark on the adventure of writing our film, your script... What we saw appeared so simple in its construction, transmission of emotions, and all that was essentially just simple sheets... A script... We will be able to bring all of this to life for our future audience as well.

Unfortunately, nothing is that simple; anyone who has used Word, Celtx, or any other word processing or writing software knows this. First, you must begin writing, which is no easy task. It is not difficult to present a scenario well and to respect the spaces, font, and margins, but this will not help you structure your story, convey emotions, or make your dialogues coherent and convincing.

Writing a screenplay is not like writing a novel

I must warn you that writing a screenplay is not the same as writing a novel. The most obvious distinction is that when writing a novel, you do not have as many constraints as when writing a screenplay. A novel, for example, has no page limit, whereas a screenplay must always consider format and distribution... In a nutshell, the goal. As a result, it is necessary to avoid writing lines and lines that add nothing to the plot or characters. Instead, we must limit ourselves to the essentials, despite having so many things to say and emotions to express...

Why? Simply because the description of the sets or locations may seem insignificant to you will require dozens and dozens of technicians if your scenario is turned into a film, not to mention the money that will be required to "bring to life" what you have written.

So, writing a screenplay does not imply thinking about "economics," but rather that every dialogue or scene you write should serve a purpose. All this is in 90 or 120 pages for a feature film or 40 to 52 minutes for a television series. Everything must flow like water as if we were watching a movie on a screen while reading your script. And it's often difficult for an inexperienced scriptwriter to understand why you're writing a particular scene or dialogue, let alone its purpose. Knowing the purpose of everything is something, a concept that often goes beyond you.

We must therefore weigh each word, work, and work again because simplicity necessitates a great deal of effort.

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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