TURNING YOUR IDEA INTO A SCREENPLAY
You have a great script idea, but that’s not enough! You need to write the script. Having an idea is like having a seed. You still need to plant it and water it to grow, a long with other minute details. If you just leave the seed on the shelf it’ll eventually become useless and thrown away or used by someone else.
That’s how it works with a great idea for a script. If you don’t develop it, it’ll become useless and lost forever. Lost for you, but not for someone else. Ever seen someone do something that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time? Guess what, that can happen with your script idea as well.
Therefore, you need to take action. You need to come up with a plan on how to turn this idea into a reality, that is, into a screenplay. You need to write.
Start off simply by writing the idea down. Of the worst things you can do is think you’ll write it down when you figured everything out about the plot, character development, etc. No! All of that will only come to its fullness when you begin to write.
Dead ends in screen writing will only get hashed out by writing. It’s somewhat like magic. You’ll have no idea how you’re going to take your subject from point a to point b, but once you start writing it all happens…like magic. However, it’s not magic. It’s that you sat down to write.
And the more you sit down to write you’ll become more confident that there is no such dead end in writing or writer’s block that can’t be overcome with writing. However, if you don’t sit down and write you’ll lose confidence and be overcome by writer’s block.
Writing is the ultimate way to overcome writer’s block, period!
We’re not saying that a walk in the park or a break from writing doesn’t help to get over writer’s block, but only when you write do you overcome writers block.
Therefore, make a writing schedule and stick to it. Whether it’s writing three pages a day or writing for 15 minutes a day, stick to it!
To give you further guidance on writing your screenplay, check out Blake Snyder’s book Save The Cat! The Last Book On Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. Its been a best seller for over 15 years and has been used by screenwriters all over the world. We recommended so you can become aclimaded with screenwriting ruler, but we’re not saying you have to stick to the. But like they say, It’s not breaking the ruler when you don’t know what they are. Therefore, check out the book.
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