I now have “How to Write a Movie in 21 Days,” “The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters,” and a book that I love: “the Story Solution-23 Steps All Great Heroes Must Take.” 2 months ago
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I’‘ve decided to check out a Screenplay book from the library. I’ve also decided to use my collored index cards to help plan my script. 2 months ago
I’ve wanted to do something creative. Now, I need to create the main characters. Next, I’ll brainstrom ideas about the plot. The, I’ll do the outline. 2 months ago
I have downloaded all the software I need to do it properly and have about a million ideas. 75-100 pages is fine. 3 months ago
Writing a screenplay is easy. The only difficult part is the formatting. However, MS Word has screenplay templates to download, as do most word processing programs.
For me, dialogue is easy, as is plotting. Before I type a word, I give serious thought to the plot. The when, where, why, who, and how of the story. There needs to be at least one secret, one surprise, and one side issue. How big of each of these items depends on the main story.
Once you have your idea, sit down and scribble out a description of the beginning using the question words above. Then, write out the end of the story and how the character(s) have transformed. Most screenplays have three acts. Act one sets up the conflict. Act two, the tough one for most writers, throws obstacles of increasing difficulties to the character(s). Act three answers all the question words and ties up the secrets, surprises, and side issue, preferably not all on the same last page. Because this is YOUR creation, if the end you started with doesn’t work or seems too banal, change it!
Last, type The End, and ignore it for a week. Watch other movies, take notes on how you’d like to edit your finished work, then after the time is up, go back and polish the script. 4 months ago
How I did it: It started with a conversation...I was talking with an actor friend of mine about the mechanics of movie making and I thought to myself..."I can write a screenplay." I had always been an exceptional writer in school,(so my teachers told me) and I had won some awards.
I thought it would be like telling a story. Once I got started I fell into it. My first time out I chose a genre that I wasn't exactly familiar with however..it was a crime drama that included a lot of attorney lingo. So that required me to do quite a bit of research..thank goodness I'm good friends with an attorney.
But the story line finally came together and when it was finished I was really proud. I went over it a million times ..taking this out..adding that..they say in the movie biz...writing is re-writing.
I entered that screenplay into a competition. It didn't place but I'm still glad I did it. Looking over it I made some small mistakes that problably cost me some points.
About a month after that I started on another one ,this time a romantic-comedy. Something really close to my heart. I finished it in two months.I will keep at it until they are brought to life. Read how I did it… 3 years ago