Why Write a Screenplay

Writing a screenplay often comes from an “itch,” an idea that won’t go away. The idea for the screenplay may well have manifested from the vast bank of memories within the subconscious and could, with some tweaking and encouragement be developed into a full length screenplay.


It might even be an original slant upon an existing story or a combination of both. Whatever this might be, the inspiration for the screenplay could be too good to miss. The question might present itself, why not do something with it?

Writing a Screenplay Movie from Scratch


The notion of screenwriting might give some a romantic image of sitting at a laptop tapping away as ideas flow onto the page. But anyone who has had experience in screenwriting will inform that writing screenplays requires planning, research, rewrites and lots of commitment, and if the itch is not present, the pursuit could be short-lived as the writer stares at the blank page, waiting for the idea to come.


Creative Screenwriting Tips to Remember


However, the screenwriter’s chances of success will be greatly enhanced with sound background knowledge of effective research, conceiving compelling characters, strategic placement of climaxes and many other aspects of screenwriting that is covered within this online screenwriting resource. Practical advice and techniques are imparted on each aspect of screenwriting that might help the writer’s development.


But for the beginner, the nuts and bolts of a screenplay has several elements, and consists of the following, which are each examined in more detail within this site.

The Process of Writing for Film

  • Roughing down the idea: This is the organic process of writing ideas as it comes.
  • The First draft: This is the committing to the page of the idea into a screenplay format.
  • Subsequent drafts: This is the editing process of perfecting the work.

Scriptwriting Elements

The many elements of witing drama scripts for film consists of:
The hook, the three act structure, subplot, subtext, dialogue, action description, transitions and the resolution, to name a few.

Many issues are covered. Writer's block, making characters more realistic and avoiding clichéd dialogue, revising a rejected screenplay to name a few more.


Advice for Screenwriters
From this, one can see there are many elements to screenwriting. However, as each element is explored in more detail, the completion of a compelling screenplay will become more realistic. It is an engaging preoccupation and one, with persistence and the nurturing of the itch, could be an exciting journey, albeit with bumps along the way.


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