Recently on Thursdays, I’ve been skipping the “Quote of the Day” for something I feel would be a bit more beneficial at the moment. I’ve been writing pieces on how to write a good story. The last two were about gaining a familiarity for screenplays through reading scripts and doing script coverage.
If you’re having trouble writing your screenplay, I think it’s likely you’re getting lost somewhere in the process. I found a great 10-part series on “Go Into The Story,” and I’m going to be sharing them week by week. I think this will help, because you may be skipping steps or getting lost somewhere in the process. I’ll also be giving some of my input. If you’re having trouble writing scripts, stay tuned. Or if you can’t wait to read the incredibly helpful series in it’s entirety, you can find it here – The 10 Steps: How I Write A Script
We’re going to start with the idea, because you can’t really do anything else with that: How I Write A Script, Part 1: Story Concept. In this article, Scott Myers gives some solid advice. I’d like to add a bit of my own to help out.
Scott goes over some great ways to create a marketable story. He wants to help you sell a story, and defends his position well. I think if you want to sell your script your story does have to be marketable. People that you want to sell it to have to easily understand it, and of course they have to like it and see its potential. The number one thing in my mind that he doesn’t discuss is that it should excite you. For instance, don’t write a story about something because it’s wildly popular. Write about it, because you feel a fire in your chest when you read about it and you want to share that feeling. Other than that, if you’re looking for a way to find your next big idea, Part 1 of his series has you covered.