This guide is useful for any writer. I put it together so my new writing partner could get on board with my process and what I expected. It also gave him some context into how big a commitment the gig is going to be. In my opinion this is what it takes to put together a quality script. Follow it and avoid writers block.
1 – Concept. This means iron out what the story is about. Come up with a logline and title.
2 – Ending. Need an awesome ending. As non-established writers we need a killer ending for the story to get traction is my opinion. I also think that we need to start at the end and work backwards so we can figure out how to get there.
3 – Figure out the main plot points. The midpoint being the most critical.
4 – Beat Sheet – Check out Save the cat. I find the beat sheet helpful for structuring the story.
5 – Character Bios. Interesting characters need to go through a change during the course of the story. They all need to have motivations and perspective on the events that take place.
6 – Scene outline – come up with a list of the important scenes and a paragraph for each one to explain exactly what happens in each scene. Every scene needs to enlighten and entertain. Enlighten the audience to the characters who they are and their motivations. It also needs to move the story forward reveal something about the plot that is important. Every scene needs to have a purpose and reason why it exists.
7 – One page synopsis. I think it’s really important to tell the story in one page. If you can’t do that, it’s not worth starting the script, because it’s not ready.
8 – rewrites. rewrites and more rewrites. Iron out each scene. 90% of the rewrites are done at this point.
9 – Script – What I like to do is write about 10 pages and my partner writes 10 pages and then we merge them together. My thought is that two minds are better than one.
10 – Send the finished script out for coverage. get feedback from friends and do more rewrites.
My first Screen Writing Class Was At Scottsdale Community College.