Screenwriting Motivation & Tips for Aspiring Screenwriters
If you are an aspiring screenwriter who has run into a bit of a slump during the winter, use the bold advances of spring to kick your screenwriting into gear. Flowers and trees can lie dormant for months at a time, and then they burst forth in a startling array of beauty. In the same way, you can take the thoughts that have been hibernating in your head and let your ideas begin to blossom.
Here are some steps you can take to get yourself back into the mode of writing a great novel or screenplay:
- Change your scenery: If you sit in the same location every day, a different room can give you a new perspective. Get out of your rut and see what new inspiration hits you.
- Gather varied information: Screenwriters tend to focus on their character, story and time frame. It can be helpful to pull in various pieces of researched information about the hero’s world that you’re writing about. It will make your story richer and more believable, and help get you out of that limited “character & storyline” only thought pattern.
- Write Something: The best way to get over writer’s block is to just write. It doesn’t need to be about your story, or even have to be good writing. Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) tricks your mind into the habit of creatively bringing sentences together. Once those mental connections start firing, you’ll return to your story with a fresh eye.
- Form an Outline: Don’t let yourself get to the middle of your story and have no clear idea of where to take your hero or how to resolve the conflict you have created. Before you dive into writing screenplay pages, think through your story idea completely and create an effective outline with Hero Goal Sequences®.
- Think about your hero: Your hero must touch hearts and lead the audience on a dynamic journey. Think about the character attributes you are going to imbue your hero with, and determine how you are going to turn a character in your head into somebody an audience will believe.
The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take, provides insights on how to construct an emotional experience that leads readers to discover for themselves the real merit of our unspoken themes. Download a sample chapter from my book or visit Amazon.com for a look at some of the chapters and pages.
Save The Date: To learn more about writing a great story, make plans to attend Story Expo 2014, coming September 5-7th to Los Angeles. I’ll be speaking, along with a host of other great lecturers, on the art and craft of storytelling.
Good Luck and Good Writing!
About The Story Solution: The Story Solution was written by accomplished screenwriter Eric Edson. It reveals the 23 actions used to create dynamic, three dimensional heroes and link all parts of a captivating screenplay. He also covers screenwriting tips, screenwriting resources, and screenwriting books. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 818- 677-3192 for more information.