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Scriptwriter - WOW the Reader

December 05, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 114

People go to the movies to be entertained for the most part. Duh, did I just say that?

They don't go to see what they already know, they go to be a part of something they couldn't experience otherwise. They go to discover, be fascinated by, even find out more about themselves.

They experience movies (or TV shows) and enter that world so it needs to be engaging and rich in detail, vibrant, alive, inviting, alas - entertaining enough to affect them, change them, have them think about "it" in some way, as they vicariously live in that world for a brief moment within their own lifetime.

For you as a (new or pro) writer, you are filled with details and for the most part those details have to come out of your head and onto paper. But, which details? You'll find in your earliest drafts lots and lots of details. Curse the writing Gods though, because some (new) writers envision their writing complete when they've managed to spill out all those details onto the page and write 'the end' as to imagine they are done. The exhilaration you feel as a writer to have achieved this is an achievement, and yes, you are to be congratulated, getting the vision/story details out of your head and on to paper in script format. It is a huge accomplishment, congratulations. But, the details are just the details. Now you need to start writing your script. Yup, NOW you need to start writing your script.

Writing a script is all about rewriting, tweaking, polishing, digging in and creating a fabulous screen or teleplay script - to entertain others by telling a story. It is NOT a bunch of details. It is NOT dialogue, it is a story. It is a story first and foremost on the page. When you write a spec script (meaning you are not being paid to write it) you have to write to sell.

Write to sell, hmmmm, what does that mean? It means you first have to entertain the Reader so you have to use a bit of marketing genius. You must make your first 5 lines WOW them. Just do it. Write it to WOW them. Period!!! You're not the director, don't write as if you are. Start your story out with a bang - WOW them. It's not changing the essence of your story. It's being smart - get your foot in the door. To do that you have to get them to read and they will not read past the first five lines if it does not WOW them.

So as you (re)write your script understand that only you embody the essence of it in 4 dimension and we don't. Nobody is filled with the details that you are (and we should not be). You have to pick out the right details that drive the story forward and use efficient wording and descriptive words to tell the story so we read the script (movie in your head) as the one you intend it to be.

Be efficient - do not direct your actors on the page - tell an engaging and emotional story, keeping it brief and easy to read. Remember, your first 5 lines must WOW the Reader, the first page must WOW the Reader, the first 5 pages must WOW the Reader to grab their attention, reel them in emotionally, and get them to read the whole script. The spec script you are writing will never be the script that is made into a movie. Make it marketable. That script will go through many, many drafts. Make your draft salable, awesome, get pro feedback, get your script proofread (which is not just for typos) and think BIG, I say. You are a business now and your script is your product, make it worthy of you to pursue your dreams of being a professional scriptwriter. To you passion and success as a writer, Lena Banks

Lena Banks Founder-Think Tank Ink MasterMind INKubator for Scriptwriters-where writers become GREAT writers. Workshops in LA, London, Edinburgh & Glasgow. A Pro Hollywood Reader (18 years). Pro Hollywood Script Reader for literary agents, producers, studios & writers. Writer's Kick-Ass Muse & The Bitch With the Red Pen (an iron will with an angel's touch) as a fanatical proofreader, expert script-tech fixer, & Mentor. Literary Agent & Manager Liaison - I help new writers get IN. Visit http://www.TheBitchWithTheRedPen.com for a FREE eBook 15,000 Useful Phrases Visit http://www.ThinkTankInk.com for a free PDF of 50 produced movie loglines.

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