Writing Your First Script
Everything you see in big screen movies, school plays, and even short films for drama class, are just a byproduct of the script writer’s active imagination. It may seem easy to come up with a blockbuster idea but imagining the plot and creating the script are two completely different things.
Creating a plot is just the tip of the iceberg. Wait till you get to the middle of the script and find yourself staring at a hopelessly blank page. With this five-step guide though, getting to the end of your hard-earned script will be a piece of cake.
Develop Your Story and Characters
If you already have a mind-blowing idea and are just itching to get it down, lucky you! You’ve surpassed the first challenge of scriptwriting. But for those who don’t know what they should write about, remember: You can’t write about something that you don’t know. So basically, start with what you know. If your sister is having a hard time figuring out what she should do after high school, then write a story about a boy who thought the same and ended up being a CEO. Is your friend struggling with her love life? Then write a story about a heartbroken girl who finally found her true love after a million tries. Real emotions come from real life people and real-life problems. If you want to get your audience to feel these emotions, then you have to get your inspiration from the real people around you. Now that you finally know what to write about, it’s time to develop your characters. No cliches are allowed here. Write about their backgrounds. What are their goals in life? What is their role in the story? Are they going to be the brave protagonist or the evil antagonist? These questions will help you shape your characters’ personalities. Avoid writing stereotypes. Make them more interesting and moving. Change their status, their gender, or even their occupation. You can also squeeze in a little trivia about how allergic your protagonist is to red roses.
Develop the Outline
It’s always easier to write a script if you jotted down the flow of the story so that you won’t grope in the dark. This is where you start creating the main plot of the story, what happens next, and how the protagonist finally succeeded after their challenges.
Write and Rewrite
And now you get to the hard part, finally writing the whole script. Remember that you are making this for viewing purposes, not for radio or for people to read in books. Show the characters’ emotions through facial expressions and actions. It will also help to know the technical aspects of scriptwriting like proper formatting and script elements. If you thought that you’re finally finished after writing that last dialogue, then you’re wrong. The most essential part of writing is criticizing your own work. Do repeated re-reads and rewrites. Let other people throw in their ideas too. Refine and revise till it’s perfect.