Things You Should Remember While Script Writing
Do you think you can hold people’s attention with vivid stories and unbeatable tales? Do people hang on to your every word as you recount adventures that would spin their minds? Do people seem to go into a trance as they are transported into your fantasy world? Well then, you can become a good script writer. Script writing is not rocket science. It is an acquired skill that anyone with a little bit of imagination can learn, apply and develop.
Since there are a lot of genres within script writing, demand for good script writers never wavers. There is drama, action, thriller, comedy, and the mediums, such as films, screenplays, TV shows etc., and even documentaries or docu-dramas. The ease of working as a script writer allows one to comfortably work from home and allow enough time for inspiration to strike!
There are some rules, however that must apply to script writing, and you should remember that it can be a tedious and tiresome job demanding a lot of patience from you. If you learn to discipline yourself over time, script writing will become a piece of cake for you! So read on and apply.
Grab Your Reader’s Attention
First, you have to remember, to grab your reader’s attention early on. If your script is for a visual medium, it is equally important to do that.
Your Word Is Not Set In Stone
You can always go back, change or revise as you desire. Sometimes you may even like doing that, when an idea suddenly strikes you. For this purpose keep a pen and paper handy when going out for, say, your next visit to the vet with your dog.
Read. Read. Read
The more you allow yourself to open up to new ideas, other people’s work, market trends in script writing, the better you will turn out eventually.
From people around you. From your surroundings. From your pets. From public places. And from yourself, as you go on about your day. They will only enrich your experience and help you in becoming a good writer.
Write. Rewrite. Rewrite Again
This cannot be emphasized enough. Do not let an idea waddle in your thoughts. It’s not an idea unless it’s on paper.
No Idea Is Crazy
Let your imagination run wild. Don’t think an idea is absurd at the first attempt. You might be surprised how many such ‘absurd’ ideas made their way into major Hollywood productions!
Have A D-day In Mind
Unless you don’t make a deadline, or if there is none provided to you, you will find that your motivation is lagging. Deadlines help your creative juices running and will help to discipline you to do your work on time.
Don’t Just Write it, Show it!
When telling a story, it is always more fun when telling from a person’s point of view. Instead of just narrating that this and this happened, have a character experience what you want to show. You might even want to show it to a friend or a fellow writer for an unbiased view.
Be The Master Of Your Story
Remember the old adage, be a first rate version of yourself rather than a second rate version of somebody else? Well, this is especially true for scriptwriting. This is your story, so you should take the reins. Write it the way you want it to be told or viewed. If you wish, you can always change it later, but make it your own.
Believe In Yourself
If you don’t, nobody else will. Have faith in yourself and your work. Keeping the right attitude will give you confidence and will only refine you as a writer.
And above all, be happy and take out some time to introspect and meditate. Clearing your mind this way, you will feel a great difference in your writing!
LOL- Was browsing the internet for scriptwriting images and came across this. That script example image was created by myself for one of the high school film classes I teach.