A piece of blank paper A laptop screen with no content. Can you imagine a more terrifying or terrifying vision for a screenwriter? Writing any element of a script is difficult, but many authors are unsure where to begin. Getting those first few words onto the page might feel hard, so if you’re stuck for ideas or don’t know where to begin, we’ve put up a list of suggestions to help you get started or overcome that mental barrier.
Table of Contents
1. Coming up with Script Ideas
You’ve arrived at the starting line and are waiting for inspiration. What’s the idea, story, or topic that will inspire a flood of new ones? If you’re still seeking for that perfect script idea, try any of these methods.
Is there someone you know who has an interesting tale to tell that you could learn from? You don’t have to utilise the full narrative; perhaps you’d like to build on or tweak a key tidbit or anecdote slightly. These are your stories, so utilise your imagination in terms of what inspiration you use and how you use or adapt it.
2. What Would Happen If…
The age-old question. “What if this or that occurs to this or that person?” This is one of the oldest techniques for distilling a film’s high-concept essence. “What if…dinosaurs could be brought back to life?” thinks Jurassic Park. “What if…dreams could be invaded and controlled?” says Inception.
3. Flip a situation on its head
We all have favourite films or television shows, characters, and settings that we like revisiting and cherishing. If you’re stuck for inspiration, consider turning what you already know on its head: investigate the antagonist’s point of view or speculate on what else could have happened in relation to the core plot.
Obviously, you should avoid plagiarising characters or plots, as well as stealing any existing intellectual property, but there are plenty of ways to reinvent the wheel by just modifying or flipping what already exists. You can create something entirely new by using the fundamental tale principles and elements.
4. Pitch, Pitch, Pitch!
Pitch your concepts to family, friends, and other writers. Make a short “logline” to pique their interest and seek their candid comments. The more you share, the more you appreciate the possibilities for critical criticism and feedback.
Find someone in that age range if you have an intended audience for the film/TV programme. For example, if you’re developing a children’s animation, you’ll want to know what youngsters think of your concept. They’ll almost certainly be the most truthful!
Let’s imagine you already have a billion-dollar movie idea but don’t know how to put it down on paper.
5. Understanding the Basics of Scripting
You may have a fantastic script concept and positive feedback from family, friends, and colleagues. But before you get right in, make sure you’ve outlined the essential story aspects of any script:
The protagonist is a term used to describe a character who is the protagonist of a
The protagonist’s objective
The protagonist’s strategy for achieving that aim.
What’s on the line?
6. Captivate the audience
In front of you now is your screenwriting software. Waiting for you, the cursor flashes at you. What’s the best way to begin a script?
Remember that you need to hook your viewers from the first scene. Write something unique and action-packed; don’t walk, but run. This could be your only opportunity to interact with them.
7. The Very First Page
These appear after the slugline and describe what’s happening on the screen visually. Keep your script to vital information only, as screenplays do not require a lot of exposition and description. You’re not composing poetry here; instead, you’re being visually descriptive of what’s going on around the characters.
Set clear goals for yourself from the start. Every action line and line of speech you write must contribute to the progression of your story. If it doesn’t, it must be removed. Script real estate is really valuable!
8. Starters who are innovative
Of course, your screenplay doesn’t have to begin with a scene and the words “FADE IN.” To add context or excitement to their scripts, many writers employ various creative tactics. Some of our favourites are listed below:
Starting with a blank screen and only sound in the background can arouse the interest of the audience. Before they’ve even entered the first scene, they’re already attempting to figure out where they are and what’s going on.
9. Make Objectives
Writing, especially screenwriting, is not supposed to be simple, so try not to be too hard on yourself and enjoy the process and the obstacles that come with it.
You don’t have to write every day, but making a schedule for yourself from the beginning will help you stay on track. Find and stick to a rhythm that works for you. Also, take pauses so that you feel rejuvenated when you sit down to write.