Tips for When You’re Just Starting Out with Scriptwriting

So, you aspire to be a great screenwriter like Eric Khoo or Li Lin Wee someday but you’re still not confident with your pieces. Screenwriting or scriptwriting is never easy and it takes a lot of time before you get good at it. Nonetheless, here are some tips for beginner scriptwriting!

Practice

Write as often as you can! Try writing short scripts or detailed scenes and just write and write and write. Once you start writing creative pieces like fiction, poetry, and scripts, you’ll know that it’s actually harder than it seems. The only way to get better, really, is to keep writing. If you’re already getting started on a script, try to write at least a page each day. If you’re still psyching yourself up or you’re still looking for things to write about, visualize scenes or just write down details. Do it until it becomes routine. You’ll then be able to recognize your own writing style, your strengths, and your weaknesses.

Use your strengths

After practicing and writing consistently, you should be able to identify our style and your strengths. One of the main things you should do when you’re just starting out in screenwriting is to play around your strengths. Humor, for example, is something that comes naturally to some but not to others. If you know you’re not good at jokes, it would do you better to use them sparingly or even skip on them for now. Playing to your strengths also makes it easier for you to write more because you are comfortable and you know the things you are writing about.

On visualizing the story

The ability to see each scene of the story in your mind is not an easy task at all, but you’re at a greater advantage if you can do it.  Scriptwriting runs through structure and many fail to realize that. If you don’t know what’s going to happen after a certain scene and you just let your imagination run free, you’re going to have difficulty finishing the script smoothly. Obviously, you have to use your imagination, but use it to make sure each scene has a purpose and connects with each other. The only way to do that when you’re just starting out is to visualize everything from beginning to end before you put it on paper.

Write for the audience

Because scriptwriting’s basic aim is to appeal to the audience, you’ll have present something that the audience can understand and relate to. Don’t write in a way that really appeals only to you. If you do it that way, you can easily compare that script with someone who has no empathy. When you write a story that “hits home”, you will leave the audience with a sense of being understood. Plus, imagine that if you get big, your audiences will generally consider your movies worth what they paid for. 

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