Some end of the year advice for GITS readers.
With over 25,000 posts on this blog, here’s a logical question:
HOW THE HELL DO I USE THIS STUFF?
An end of the year series to help.
Part 3: Write Pages
Many years ago, I coined this screenwriting mantra: Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages.
Seriously, you can learn the craft just by doing these three things.
Today some tips on how to use GITS to help you write pages.
Dialogue Writing Prompts: Some exercises you can use to work on your dialogue-writing skills.
Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: They’re not really dumb, actually quite smart, and most importantly effective.
Great Characters: Hundreds of movie characters analyzed to give you a creative jolt when crafting your own story’s characters.
On Writing: Go here to read inspirational quotes on the craft from hundreds of professional writers.
The Definitive List of Clichéd Dialogue: Avoid them or give them a twist to make them feel new, but bottom line it’s a good thing to be aware of them.
The 10 Steps: How To Write a Script: One of my most popular posts which proposes one way to approach the script-writing process.
Writing Mantras: Excellent advice I’ve picked up over the years.
But the biggest boost to write pages is something which emerged spontaneously in last year: The Zero Draft Thirty Challenge. The initial #ZD30SCRIPT Challenge attracted over 1,000 participants and was a big success. Subsequently, Go Into The Story has hosted a Challenge each March and September. We’ll be doing that again in 2019. You can join the Zero Draft Facebook group which has evolved into a terrific, supportive community of over 3,300 writers.
Here’s the thing: You can’t make a sale… you can’t land representation… you can’t go up for writing assignments… you can’t have the credibility to pitch a project… you can’t do anything unless you have sat down and actually written an original screenplay.
Don’t just think or talk about it. Do it!
For Part 1: Watch Movies, go here.
For Part 2: Read Scripts, go here.
Tomorrow: How to Use Go Into The Story (Part 4): Study the craft.