Or, with a bit of luck, create the next great TV series?
Choosing a Story Most professional writers I know have a surplus of ideas. Because of this they tend to think little of them. But choosing a good concept is, in many ways, the most important step of all, assuming you follow through on all the others.
You want a concept which, when described, suggests the story to follow. It should excite you and make you think about various scenes you will write.
It might be a bullet-pointed sheet of paper with the major story beats on it; it might be a couple dozen index cards thumbtacked to the wall above your desk. Websites such as www. Ignore the transcripts; they are useless. You also may want to download dedicated screenwriting software.
If so, there are free programs available, including Celtx and Page 2 stage. If you write a thousand words a day, about five pages, you will be finished in less than a month. This, to me, is a perfectly reasonable goal.
If you, however, are a slower writer, try to at least finish one page a day. This will give you a full-length screenplay in a little over three months. The point here is to get the story down on paper.
Remember to write only what will appear in the film. Screenplays are not the place for internal monologues. This may seem elementary, but I have read many scripts that include unfilmable material. What you want is a movie on the page, nothing more and nothing less. Editing I suggest at least three passes.
The first is for story and character. You now know where the drama lies. Milk that drama as much as you can. Cut scenes that do not push the story forward or reveal character, and if the scene does only one of those things, try to make it do more, combing scenes where necessary.
Once the story is where you want it to be, go through the script again for dialogue. Read it aloud and where it sounds unnatural, rewrite it. People do not speak in complete sentences.
The third pass is for spelling and grammar.
You do not want a poorly-worded sentence or a spelling error to pull the reader from your story. You want every reader to fall into it completely, and this will only happen if you eliminate the errors that will remind them that they are, in fact, reading something that someone else wrote.
Querying Once your script is where you want it to be, it is time to send out query letters. I suggest first writing a template. It should read something like this: Warden, I recently completed a screenplay called A Penny for Your Thoughts about a successful businessman who inadvertently sells his thoughts for a penny to a fellow he meets in a bar.
As he loses his memory and the man who purchased his thoughts takes over his life, he must race against time to find the penny, which he left at the bar, and buy back his thoughts before he loses himself completely. This is my first feature-length screenplay.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. These are the folks to whom you want to submit. But before you send off your letter, you should do some legwork.
Find out which agents represent writers who are doing similar stuff to you, and use that knowledge to personalize each letter you submit.
If the agents you reach understand you are not blindly sending out letters, if they understand you are submitting to them for a reason beyond the fact that they are agents, if they understand that you know something about them, they are much more likely to at least consider your letter.
Doing it All Again Once you complete that last step, you begin again immediately, because, above all, writers write.
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