So You Want to Write a Screenplay – But Now What?

I’ve loved movies for as long as I can remember – all genres, drama, action, thriller, and comedies.  The cinema has been a writing inspiration and a fun escape for me. 

I have wanted to write screenplays for as long as I can remember.  Writing quick, snappy dialogue to bring characters to life, cutting away to high impact, action sequences, and making sure that the ending was satisfying to moviegoers. 

Well, that’s exactly what I did.  I learned to write screenplays.  I’ve written more than ten scripts, taught beginning screenwriting in the online environment, and conducted screenwriting seminars.  Now, I’ve incorporated my online class and screenwriting knowledge into an informational book called How to Write a Screenplay

I found that it was difficult to obtain all the information and instruction to write a complete screenplay.  There are many great books available as well as screenwriting classes, but I felt they were incomplete and sometimes expensive.   

I’ve created a ten-step building block process designed to get you motivated, keep you on track, and ultimately create the first draft of your screenplay from beginning to end.  

  • You will read the lesson portion in each step as many times as necessary until you feel comfortable with the concepts.
  • There will be an example to enhance your understanding of the lesson. 
  • You can test your comprehension of each step with a self-quiz using true/false, fill in the blank, or multiple choice.  You will then be able to check your answers at the back of the e-book.
  • You will receive an assignment for each lesson. 
  • The process of creating a screenplay is designed to be fun!  There will be movies to watch and web site links of actual screenplays to explore and study. 

This e-book is designed to be interactive and will give you results.  I have designed this e-book in sections of screenwriting building blocks that will walk you through the process of writing your screenplay. 

1.                  Getting Started will get your feet wet and help you organize for what’s ahead. 

2.                  Premise & Logline will begin to build the foundation of your screenplay with brief outlines, plot summaries, and assistance of how “high-concept” will affect your script. 

3.                  Format will jump into the format, copyright, and a glossary of terms that will take the guesswork out of the business end of screenwriting. 

4.                  Characters and Dialogue are the fundamental building blocks that will shape your storyline and will definitely be the most fun. 

5.                  Story explores the primary meaning of your script and how everything fits together. 

6.                  The Hook is the first five to seven pages of the screenplay that grabs the reader and movie enthusiast into wanting to see more. 

7-10.       The 1st Act concentrates on the setup, 2nd Act concentrates on the confrontation and conflicts, and the 3rd Act wraps up with the resolution of the story.  Finally, you will write the first draft of your screenplay.   

What do you have to lose?

You can begin writing your screenplay right now!

How to Write a Screenplay


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About jchasenovelist

Published thriller author, criminologist, and blogger.
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