“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.”
I understand how hard it is to know where to start writing a script. There are so many aspects you need to consider. But it’s not difficult, as it’s not complicated. It’s easier than you think. I’m here to provide tips and tricks you need to make that screenplay a reality.
Without any further ado, here is tip number one:
A script is not written in a day. You should take your time and start writing little by little. Did you know that if you take two hours a day to write just two pages, you will be able to write an entire script after two and a half months?
This is called the cumulative effect. Devote your time to it. Note that it only works if you take these two hours seriously. During these hours, stay away from all distractions; block your notifications; put yourself in airplane mode. You don’t have to write well; just write.
Remember, you can always fix a bad page, but you can never fix a blank page.
Here’s what I did: I started writing one page per day (sometimes more) and then editing it the next day.
That way, if my first attempt was awful, I could go back the next day and fix it. And because I knew I had to edit it anyway, there was no pressure to make it perfect on the first draft—I knew there’d be time for that later on!
And guess what happened? My script got done faster than ever before!
The Three “W”
When writing a screenplay, it is essential to ask yourself these questions: Who wants what? What keeps him from getting what he wants? Why am I worried?
If you can answer these questions for all your characters, you can write compelling scenes to keep your audiences engaged.
Talent Doesn’t Count
Very often, we tend to say that to write a script; you need talent. At the same time, this perception prevents us from succeeding. Stop looking for excuses. If this is your first time, just write.
Remember this; You will only fail when you stop writing. Fear is the first cause that prevents you from succeeding and not the lack of talent. Talent has nothing to do with writing; all that matters is the story you have to tell.
Read A Lot
If you want to improve yourself, you must also read a lot. The idea of reading will give you more inspiration and much more. Take notes. Start reading the scripts of your favorite movies and note how the writer describes the scenes. So, you will have more knowledge and more inspiration to make your own.
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Don’t Be Distracted
According to one study, 15 seconds was enough to be distracted. It could be a notification, call, or distraction. On average, it will take 20 minutes to get back to the task. So, if you want to finish your scripts, the focus is critical.
Bad Feedback Matters
“We’ve all been burned by bad feedback. Rude, insensitive, bossy, arrogant, wrong-headed, cruel even.”
– Julie Gray
When you’re writing a screenplay, it can be easy to get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture. That’s why it’s essential to ask your friends to read your scripts but ensure they are honest about their feedback. They’ll help you see what your story looks like from the outside, allowing you to make any necessary corrections before sharing your script with the world.
To conclude this post in style, I leave you with this beautiful quote from Akira Kurosawa;
“Making films cost a lot of money, but all you need for writing a screenplay is a pen and paper. So, if you want to make films, start with a screenplay.”