A friend of mine frustrated with not being able to find a decent writers group specializing in screenplay writing decided to start he own group and made me coconspirator. We are calling it ‘Northeast Cincinnati Screenwriters Group’. So far we have a half dozen people interested and I hope we eventually get more.
When I first became interested in screenwriting, I did it just to see if I could. At the time I had no clue as to what I was doing other the what I read from the books in the library. Luckily I found a good teacher for as good as many books are, if you don’t have the latest copies you may be dealing with old and outdated information. Screenplay writing may appear to be simple, but there is a lot of nascence rules that if you don’t follow, your screenplay will most likely find itself round filed.
It’s sad to say but since there is so much competition when it comes to screenplays that the people who read them will find any excuse not to. In a way can’t blame them, If I had 2,000 + screenplays that I had to read through by the end of the week I would probably be doing the same thing, especially when I know that the amount is going to double tomorrow.
Only a person with a NAME can ever consider breaking the rules. Why? Because they’ve already proven themselves.
First rule of screenwriting is formatting and if you don’t have the screenwriting software, you’re already dead in the water.
Here are the names of some screenwriting software.
‘Script It’, ‘Final Draft‘, and ‘Fade In’
Many of these programs are expensive but if your serious about your writing your going to have pay. If you’re just beginning and not sure if you’re any good at writing you might be able to find a sample program for cheap or even free. This will be one without all the bells and whistles of the upgrade or it may have have other limitations.
I wont go into the rules in regulations in this post (I’ll do that later) but I will suggest books that may help.
1. The Foundation of Screenwriting by Syd Fields
2. How to write a movie in 21 days by Viki King’s
3. Gothan Writers Workshop– Writing Movies,
4. Straczynski’s Complete book of Screenwriting
5. Joe Eszterhas‘ The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood
5. Essentials of Screenwriting by Richard Walter
6. Save the Cat
7. Your Screenplay Sucks by William Akers
8. Power Screenwriting-the 12 stages of story development
9. The Screenwriter’s survival guide by Max Adams
10. The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script by David Trottier