You want to preserve your creative freedom. Most beginning screenwriters create projects in lots of different genres and fail to sell them, over and over again.
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I recently read a script by a best-selling author and screenwriter which was sent to me by a close colleague in the industry. However, I wish to reference some of the content because it illustrates essential ingredients to writing powerful screenplays.
I should qualify that my initial difficulty was not due to any lack of talent from the writer. On the contrary, he is exceptionally skilled and gifted. The experience made me reflect upon why I found it challenging at first and perhaps there were insights that could help other screenwriters gain awareness into how executives respond to material so they can avoid pitfalls.
The script was off to an auspicious beginning, immediately pulling the audience into its world through an evocative depiction of locale, character and mood. By page four, however, I hit a wall of dense prose, followed by a few more pages of lengthy descriptions and dialogue.
In spite of feeling deterred, the quality of the writing and the knowledge that it was the work of an award-winning writer whose films have earned Oscars made me want to read on. As a producer and script consultant I continually remind my clients that scripts cannot read like novels because they are a visual medium and must rely on images, action, dialogue, etc.
Scripts must include detail in order to transport the reader to a specific time and place, but finding the right balance is key. Excessive details, if not modulated, can reveal a lack of discipline where the writer has become too enamored of his or her descriptions.
Frequently, less seasoned writers will include a preponderance of minute details and stage directions throughout their screenplays, which become distracting and prevent the potential buyer from immersing him or herself in the characters and situations.
A few takeaways from my experience reading this script: Established writers can afford to have some leeway because of reputation, combined with innate creative talents.
But they also understand how to efficiently employ dialogue, character behavior, conflict, action, and visual elements to economically tell the narrative within the screenplay framework. The result is that the script is read in one sitting because the reader is unable to put it down.
While these writers have divergent styles, they share a common denominator. If you do, chances are your prospective buyer might not finish your script. He is all alone and somewhat detached when he finds an abused dog that brings out his long repressed yearning to care for someone and feel connected.
The dog becomes the conduit for his ability to grow and love. The protagonist does some horrible things yet we root for him to succeed. Raw, authentic, and visceral, the script stands out because it has a tremendous amount of depth, heart and soul.
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In this post, we’re going to show you a step-by-step guide on how to write for TV as well as dispel much of the confusion surrounding writing TV scripts. 6 thoughts on “ 10 Rules of Writing a Novel ” ezrarye July 24, at am.
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