An obvious one, but many beginning screenwriters don’t understand that. They watch a lot of films and try to do the same thing. Creating something new (in any field) is not easy at all. Developing creativity is a subject that many books have been written about. There is no formula to be creative, but you can practice a few exercises that will help the muse to show up at your door. Here are some tips to boost your creativity
There are many tricks like that, but as said before, there are no formulas. The important thing is that you, as a writer, will insist on being original. Do not give in to any temptation to repeat something that was already made
Again, sounds obvious, but so many beginner writers fail at this one and many screenwriting courses miss talking about it. You may love to tell stories, but that doesn’t mean you know how to do it right. A good storyteller is one that holds the listeners’ interest and builds feelings of connection with them. Practice storytelling every chance you get. Here are some tips that will help you do that”
As a writer, you can’t allow yourself not to pay attention to the world. Stop looking at the floor while you’re walking! Being a good observer means being able to see everything that goes around you. This is how you do that:
You can’t write a script just for the sake of writing a script. You write a script to become a movie. That’s why you need to learn how to collaborate with others: with the director, the producer, the stars of the film, etc.
Sometimes you may find yourself writing a screenplay with a partner, (I will elaborate on that later in this article)or maybe you are adopting the script from an already written story, and you need the original writer to work with you. The main thing you need to remember is that working in a collaborative environment will produce more and much faster. Don’t compete with your partners-work with them. Here are the steps to build a collaborative environment:
Working with partners takes a lot of effort, but it has its advantages too. It makes the writing reacher and much more enjoyable. You get an instant reaction to every idea you come up with. Be prepared for some failures too. Eventually, the only way to find out if you are working with the right partner is by working together.
This is an important skill that I want to focus on here. As a writer, you will find yourself in situations where you’ll have to write with others. Sometimes sit will be another writer or staff of writers, and sometimes it will be the director or even the producer. In this Screen Writing Course, I want you to be able to work in the industry, and not just to know how to write good, so it’s important to elaborate on that.
When looking for a scriptwriting partner, the first thing you need to look at is if he has your emotional point of view. Have him go through the Find your own voice article if needed. Once you find your twin, the next thing is to check his availability. Can he work the same hours you can? Is there a place that is comfortable for you both to meet?
Once you find your writing partner, you should decide how you are going to work together. If your partner can work only in the evening and you can only work in the morning (which means you didn’t listen to me in the first paragraph), then maybe there is a middle point you can agree on. I wouldn’t recommend at this stage, to decide how to write the script. There are many ways for scriptwriting partners to write, and I’m sure you will find your way as you practice writing. You might figure out that it’s better for each one alone and then meeting go through the scenes together in each meeting.
When your writing partner joins you after you’ve written a few drafts already, it is a great tool to get some new perspective. That is why it is not recommended to let him see the old drafts. At least not right at the start. You can pitch him the idea and the story, where you want to take the script to, and you can also talk about the characters, but let him give his ideas before you show him what you did.
When writing in couples, you should expect a lot of disputes. You should both find a constructive way to deal with them. You should both decide that your relationship should come first, write it on a piece of paper and shake on it. Leaving your ego at home is a very hard thing to do, but it’s a must. You should decide right at the beginning of the responsibility of each one. Make sure you both know what you are expected to give to the scriptwriting process.
The best way to end the dispute is to see who is more passionate. If your partner is really passionate about an idea he had, maybe it is worth listening to it. If you really insist on an idea you have and your partner isn’t listening. Instead of telling the scene, write it down for him, and let him see how it looks like.
Leaving your ego at home is a very hard thing to do, but it’s a must. Scriptwriters are not easy people to work with. The key here is to simply make sure the disputes stay within the limits of the writing and don’t go to personal areas.
Eventually, you should remember that it’s all about negotiation. You have to give a little to take a little. As long as you take things under proportions, I’m sure you will do just fine.