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One or two weeks before you even think about writing a line of action or a piece of dialogue.

Your story-structure should be rock-solid before you even begin writing. This is where most young screenwriters fail. They just rush right out and start writing, with no thought of structure.

That’s the wrong way to go about it!

Figure out your story-structure first. Then, writing scenes becomes like painting-by-numbers. As easy as pie.

When writing your screenplay, about half of your time should be spent on the story-structure - and the other half on actually writing the screenplay itself.

So, now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about story-structure and screenplay writing, it’s time to actually sit down and start writing! Yay! Finally, right?!

Well, not so fast... You shouldn’t start actually writing any scenes yet. You’ve got at least one or two weeks’ worth of work, just crafting your story-structure!

6. This character-flaw must be preventing your protagonist from succeeding in his goal or quest.

7. Choose a theme.

8. Create a First Turning-Point.

9. And a Second Turning-Point.

10. Create an Inciting-Incident or a Cold-Open.

11. Create a False-Victory or a False-Defeat for your Mid-Point.

12. Create your Supporting-Characters and their Sub-Plots.

13. Create your Love-Interest and your Love-Story (if required).

14. You know the basic outline of your plot by now (each of the three acts, the inciting-incident, and the two turning-points), so start structuring it!

15. Interweave the various plots into a cohesive whole.

16. Create your Final Battle.

17. Create your Climax.

18. Create your Denouement.

19. As you craft your structure and put it all together, make sure it conforms to the proper Page Counts.

1. Have a great idea for a movie, film or screenplay.

2. Get screenwriting software. Don’t worry, there are free options out there that are just as good as the paid options. Or, if you like to use a typewriter, learn Studio Format.

3. Choose your protagonist or main-character.

4. Choose the quest or goal he needs to accomplish by the end of the film (what the movie’s about).

5. Give him a character-arc or internal-conflict.

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20. Now, you literally have a road-map to your finished screenplay! You know, almost page-by-page what you have to accomplish! Now, it’s as simple and easy as sitting down with your roadmap and actually writing it all down! You spent a ton of time just planning ahead - and it all pays off now! It’s as easy as paint-by-numbers now! Just filling in the blanks! And, once you’re done, you’ll have a Hollywood-style screenplay under your belt!

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It’s not easy writing a Hollywood story-structure either! There are so many threads you have to juggle, it’s not even funny. You might have half a dozen three-act structures - all superimposed on-top of one another. It gets very daunting, very quickly.

Which is another reason why you want the structure settled first: that way, you don’t have to keep track of it in your head! You’ll be less likely to make mistakes. And, in scriptwriting, stupid little mistakes can lead you to re-writing 20 or 30 pages worth of work. From scratch. All because you forgot about some stupid little detail that, now that you remember it, ruins everything.

The First Act of your Three-Act Structure. This is where you introduce your main characters to the audience and get the plot rolling. The end of your 1st Act comes with the First Turning Point, the point at which your protagonist chooses his quest The 2nd Act - Where the bulk of your plot goes. Confrontation - this is where your protagonist confronts the status quo and attempts to change it for the better Your 2nd Act can't end without your Second Turning Point! Things may seem bleak for your protagonist, but all is not lost yet! There is still hope!... Backstory - what happened in the past. Exposition, expository dialogue, etc... It all comes down to this - your climax! The end of your story. The conclusion. The one thing everyone in the audience wants to know: does the protagonist win? The 3rd Act - the final act in your three-act structure, where everything is decided, the climax, the conclusion, the end. Your Film's Theme - what your movie is really about. The undercurrent. The second act of your screenplay should be filled with ups and downs, dramatically speaking of course. Like a roller-coaster. It's all about creating conflict and drama. BACK Welcome to SCREENPLAY.today - your free online screen-writing program - learn how to write a screenplay for free! Free Online Screenplay Writing Course from SCREENPLAY.today - screenwriting advice, help, information, hints, tips & tricks