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Tips for Writing Your Script - Part 1


Whether it's a short film, or 30-second commercial video, starting the script-writing process can be a daunting task. Where to begin, how to keep motivated, and how to finish the process? Here are a few tips that we've acquired that has helped us along the way!

Find your theme 

What are you trying to say with your script? What message are you trying to get across? Having a clear theme is the foundation of a great script. Start with something that you have a passionate stance on, or simply a topic that interests you.

Take your time when brainstorming

The brainstorming process can be one of the more enjoyable first steps. Pick a comfortable spot and just let ideas come and go.  Don't feel rushed to writing everything down. When the right idea comes, you'll know it.  

Marker boards

Sometimes a pad of paper or a computer screen can seem restricting in the brainstorming process. A marker board can be a great tool to have all of your ideas right in front of you.  

Steal from real life

Interesting situations and rich conversations are all around you! Always be ready to take some notes on a small pad of paper or on your cell phone. We don't recommend eavesdropping, but paying close attention to peoples behavior, conversations, and actions can add a lot to the details of your script.

Set small goals

Sometimes the hardest part about writing is getting started. We have found that setting small goals can be more productive than waiting for "the right time" to get working. Set a timer or a certain amount of words you want to write before you can leave the computer. 

Four words; Sit. In. The. Chair. 

You're not always going to feel like writing, but it is important that you do it everyday. Even if it's for 15 minutes, it's better than nothing. And you'll feel better that you did! 

Watch more movies

Pretty obvious but incredibly important. Free lessons of good writing and bad writing are there for the taking. Whenever watching a movie, take notes on dialogue, inciting incidents, plot twists and overall script structure. Don't forget to watch bad movies too, they can be equally helpful of what not to do. 

Look for our part 2 of our screenwriting tips! Happy writing!

- Nate