If you’re looking for screenwriting tips, Scribe Meets World could be your treasure trove. It’s a blog focusing on screenplay writing & screenplay format, with an emphasis on staying inspired as you navigate your screenwriting journey.
Many aspiring screenwriters have a decent understanding of the craft, and are thisclose to cultivating the skill level necessary to sell their screenplays — if only they hung in there a little longer and persisted. I think persistence, not talent, is the key to screenwriting success.
But it’s not easy to stay motivated. Grappling with blank pages — shaping and molding them — until they form (a) a captivating story with (b) compelling characters who (c) inspire and entertain us in (d) a way that’s never been done before and in (e) less than 120 pages…is a daunting process.
That’s where Scribe Meets World comes in. I hope this blog will keep you motivated and inspired to make that jump from amateur to professional.
So what else differentiates this screenwriting blog from the others? Glad you asked.
Screenplay vs Film
Writing, even if it’s eking out one insipid page, is hands down, the best way to master the art of screenwriting. But there are other methods too. You should:
- watch movies, especially the best ones in your genre
- read scripts, especially the best ones in your genre (sensing a pattern?)
- compare the screenplay version of a film to its big screen version
The last is where Scribe Meets World really hopes to shine, because I’m going to do the legwork for you. Every Tuesday, I’ll share the screenwriting tips I learned by comparing a screenplay to its corresponding film. Hopefully, we’ll both benefit from the fruits of my labor. Which leads me to distinguishing aspect #2:
Blockbuster Movie Plot Points
On Thursdays, I plan to post a list of the plot points from the movie I analyzed on Tuesday. If your response is less than enthusiastic, let me try to convince you that these lists are an amazing gift, even more amazing than an Amish fireplace.
Truth? Amateur screenplays are notorious for their poor structure. But there’s a simple way to improve your mastery of screenplay structure.
Take my list of plot points, and write down each plot point onto an index card. Divide these index cards into columns so that the last card in every column is either a major turning point or an Act break. If you do this regularly, you should develop an intuition for screenplay structure that will make plotting your own screenplays 10 times easier.
Besides screenwriting, I’m fascinated by psychology & business theory (mostly perspectives on productivity). I plan to apply these two lenses to your standard assortment of screenwriting tips to provide a new point of view that’s valuable to you. And finally…
Ah, voice. That mysterious ingredient that is the hallmark of great writing. You see, I’m not just going to share screenwriting tips with you. I’m going to do it with light humor & boundless optimism…which should buoy your spirits as you prepare to launch your script into the world…
Keyboard by John Ward