When writing a screenplay you need to remember that you are not writing for a reader, and nor for a viewer, but for a director and performers to be able to interpret your ideas and bring them to life as you want them. Whether finding your feet a written work for the screen or creating an original this is still the case, and in this article I will show you that there are some essential tips that will help you to achieve success.
First is to take on board as the industry requirements, because there are expected standards that should be adhered including the font and using double spacing, plus the method and manner in which speech and stage directions are laid out. Secondly, keep it simple in terms
of presentation. No fancy decoration, no detailing, nothing more than is asked. There are no points scored for a pretty screenplay, just one that reads well. Third, a screenplay is not a novel, so do not write it like one. Keep your writing to the point and brief, with detail where needed, but do not stray into the areas of camera directions. You are the writer, not the director- so just do your job correctly. Fourth, read screenplays by others. This is very helpful advice for it gets you into the groove of treating the written word as a screenplay. So take the time to see how others do it. Fourth, join a writing group and talk to others who have written screenplays, and take on board their advice, because learning from someone else’s mistakes is always less costly than making your own. Lastly, edit, rewrite, and then check carefully for grammar and spelling.
There is no excuse for poor presentation and grammar, and there is no excuse for not rewriting your screenplay again and again until you are 100% contented. So, writing a screenplay is an interesting and exciting process, and when you finally see your work translated onto the screen the satisfaction is endless. Just have patience, gather all the information you can, and you enter an enjoyable world.