Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet the Reader: How to Write a Screenplay in Nine (Not So) Easy Steps

Script reader Ray Morton gives nine solid steps to writing a great screenplay. To help you outline your story, check out Inspiration 9.0, a great deal at only $29.00. For more great products, see my Editor's Picks on as well as get a $50 OFF discount code for Screenwriters World Conference East in NYC this weekend! 

One of my consulting clients – a very nice fellow who is just getting started on his very first script – asked me to outline the process of writing a screenplay for him. I was originally just going to jot down a few brief notes, but as I got into it, I found myself developing a much more extensive document, which I’ve decided to share with you – as a summation for experienced writers and as a road map for beginners. So here they are – the process of writing a screenplay, broken down into nine basic steps. 

1. Assemble Your Tools 

The first step in writing anything is to gather your implements. Most screenwriters today work on a computer (with some using special screenwriting software — e.g. Final Draft – while others just use a regular word processing program), although some still prefer to write by hand and a few continue to use a typewriter. 

2. Outline 

The outline is the written skeleton of your story – the document in which you lay out your plot. Many screenwriters create very detailed, formal outlines, complete with numbered and lettered headings and subheadings. Others simply make a list of the basic story points (a.k.a. “beats”) called a “step sheet” or a “beat sheet.” Some jot down each beat on an individual index card and then shuffle the cards around until they come up with a satisfactory shape for their tale. 

To read more of Roy's article click below. 

Learn all nine steps to writing a great script 

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Logline: $5.00 Flat Fee

A synopsis or summery is required. It well be used to form the logline. The logline is just one line.


Critique: $55.00 Flat Fee, 

 Includes evaluating the basis elements of a script

  •  Introduction
  •  Development
  •  Climax
  •  Conclusion
  • Character development 
  •  Mid point development

Critiques also provide suggestions for improvements and enhancement. 

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  •  Spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.

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Editing: 2 weeks

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