Post by Jack Malone on Oct 28, 2009 23:00:09 GMT -6
Scriptwriting Tip #1: Know Your Characters
When it comes to writing a script, not only do you need a compelling storyline, but you need a great cast of characters that have motivations, goals, and desires that others can relate to, or believe; and not 2-Dimensional. When writing your characters, you should understand where you want them to start, and where you want them to end up towards the end of the story you're trying to convey. This way, they can develop over a series of pages, if you're writing a screenplay, or episodes, if you plan on placing them in a television series or sitcom. So remember, know your characters goals, where they start and where they end up, and make them believeable.
Scriptwriting Tip #2: Know Your Story When it comes to writing a script, you should have a full understanding of the start, middle, and end of your story. It is your job to take your audience into another world for however long the episode, or screenplay goes for. If they don't believe the story, they most likely won't believe in the characters, and therefor, they won't believe in you, the writer. However, its not just those three points that are the main important - the stuff leading up to each landmark, known as "joining the dots" or "filling in the gaps" is proven to be as important as anything else, as it is used to build up to the climax of your story. A way to help you know how everything is going to progress, a process known as "storyboarding" comes into effect, which most writers will tell you, is the easiest way to plan, and map out your script, before putting pen to paper!
When deciding to write a script you should already have a genre picked out; what kind of world the characters are in, and where the story revolves around, for example: a science fiction script may take place on a spaceship that travels through space, looking for other alien lifeform. Once you have picked your genre, you should study it. Watch several shows, read plenty books, just to get the overal feel of the theme. This way, your script will live up to the certain audience you're trying to connect with, and it will all fall right into place.
Yup, Thanks for the writing tips. i tend to just write and write because if i stop and question who are my characters i tend to focus on them, who they are, where they live, why did ...who.... and lose my writing mojo. thanks again for the tips.