Rereading a first draft

itsonlythefirstdraft:

…and wondering if it sucked as much as I remembered:image

masterpost for writers creating their own worlds, or even just characters

mixtapemontage:

"The fact is, the percentage of female spec scripts sold is as low as it has been in the last 20 years. The infographic says that only 1 out of 8 spec scripts sold are written by women."

mixtapemontage:

"The fact is, the percentage of female spec scripts sold is as low as it has been in the last 20 years. The infographic says that only 1 out of 8 spec scripts sold are written by women."

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Finally understanding just who your character is

When creating your characters, you must start with the historical facts. Your protagonist, or hero, will be shaped by the times he or she lives in, just as you are. But to make a good story, the character must challenge the system in some way.

Tish Farrell (via writingquotes)

Anonymous said: Is television writing similar to writing films? Like can I use the techniques I learned in my screenwriting books and classes for tv writing? There aren't many good resources for tv writing...

writerlyn:

Well, yes and no.

There are a lot of things that translate. Like style, character building, format, basic story building, ect. It’s fantastic.

The biggest difference is in the story construction. Instead of the three act structure that you’re taught several times in screenwriting, there’s different modular story structure, and the number of acts changes depending on the format.

Basically, the best way to figure out the structure of tv shows is to watch a bunch of them. Have your finger on huge pause button. Pause each time a character changes tactics in pursuing their goals, and then write it down. After a few times of these, you will start to get a feeling on how the basic structure and subplots work.

My favorite resource for TV writing is: “crafty tv writing, thinking inside the box” by Alex Epstein. It’s excellent.

If you have any more specific questions, please ask again!

I’m not absolutely certain that screenwriting can be taught, but I am absolutely certain it can be learnt.

Sir Ronald Harwood (screenwriter)

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WHEN YOU’VE PAINSTAKINGLY CREATED THE PERFECT WRITING ENVIRONMENT AND FINALLY SIT DOWN

noonewillreadyourscript:

And you’re just like, 

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All drama is conflict. Without conflict, you have no action; without action, you have no character; without character, you have no story; and without story, you have no screenplay.

Syd Field, “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting”

Or like I like to call it, “The Jedi Code of Screenwriting”

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FIRST DRAFT