How to Write a Screenplay
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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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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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).

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