- Write a single sentence which states the driving idea for your screenplay. If you can’t there is probably something wrong.
- Watch one of your favourite films and note down how many scenes there are and how each scene moves the action along. It doesn’t matter how messy the notes are – they are for your eyes only.
- Imagine you had to rewrite your screenplay as a silent film. Make notes. This should help get rid of superfluous dialogue and make you think visually.
- Think of each scene from the POV of each character – write down what they think and feel and see. Use these notes to add touches to character to deepen them.
- All stories are quests. What does your main character want? How can they get it? What are the obstacle(s) to achieving it?
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