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  1. karthu profile image58
    karthuposted 10 years ago

    I'm really interested in screenplays.Can anyone give me some tips for writing screenplays effectively?

  2. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 10 years ago

    Seems to me one has to first be able to write good dialog. Create characters and dialog and after that fill
    in the background. Certainly examples of screen plays can be found easily on the net, if one is solely interested in the methodology of it.

  3. elisabeth reid profile image67
    elisabeth reidposted 10 years ago

    If you want to write an effective screenplay, the best advice I can give you is to read as many of them as you can.  Particularly those that you attention to the way it's crafted...the smallest detail.  Dissect them and then read them again.

  4. karthu profile image58
    karthuposted 10 years ago

    Thanks for giving the tips.
    To be honest I'm now really trying to read more screenplays than seeing the movies. before watching the movie I try to read the screenplay and try to visualize the scenes. When i watch the movie i compare the scenes with those scenes in my imagination.
    It is great......

    1. ProCW profile image81
      ProCWposted 10 years agoin reply to this


      your best way to create a phenomenal screenplay is simply to outline what you visualize and then sub-outline to the smallest detail. don't try to duplicate another screenwriter's method. upon equating your outline to your scenes and their orders, go within each scene and fine-tune your (well in theatre they are known as french scenes) sub-scenes. like so.




      after doing that, break it down even more. like so.

      etc., etc.

      good luck and much success!

  5. Pashun profile image59
    Pashunposted 10 years ago

    Something I learned was to start off small and work your way up, meaning start with 1 act plays.  That way you can practice developing your characters and message within a tight time frame.  And once you're comfortable with that, ProCW's advice is the way to go.

  6. cjcs profile image61
    cjcsposted 10 years ago

    I've written dozens of scripts, read many times more than that, and have picked the brains of some marvelously talented screenwriters over the years.  From what I've gleaned, these are the keys to writing a good screenplay (I would have pointed you to a hub, but I haven't finished it yet):

    1. Have compelling characters
    2. Have a solid and well-structured plot
    3. Write visually and sparsely.
    4. Don't tell the director how to direct
    5. Don't tell the actors how to act
    6. Type it in the accepted format
    7. Make sure it is between 90 and 120 pages long for a feature-length script.

    Clearly the first two are applicable to every form of narrative writing, and they are certainly the most important here as well.

    And remember, a screenplay is a short story, not a novel...don't try to cram in too much.


  7. karthu profile image58
    karthuposted 10 years ago

    Thank you very much......................

  8. Pete Michner profile image78
    Pete Michnerposted 10 years ago

    You can see scripts of actual movies that have gotten made at This would probably help screenwriters see examples of stuff producers accepted. Good luck! smile
    P.S. Here's an idea I thought of for a new comedy: A sumo wrestler signs on with the Seattle Mariners. The title: Heavy Hitter

  9. thranax profile image53
    thranaxposted 10 years ago

    Just don't go turning it into a novel and the advice given already should work greatly smile

  10. Shadesbreath profile image82
    Shadesbreathposted 10 years ago

    Assuming you're still checking this thread, I'd add: Get the software for screenplays called Final Draft.  Read a book called Inside Story, by Dara Marks.  Trust the director and actors in advance when you're writing descriptive stuff/set etc. and keep it simple; they'll know what to do.  Stay under 110 pages or so. 

    Seriously, read Dara Marks' book.  She's an incredible script doctor and knows what scripts are about.  Closest thing to paint by numbers I've ever seen, a left brained tool for the right brained writer.


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