Nothing about screenwriting is easy. You have to want it bad, and you have to come prepared for a fight. When you’re in the trenches and can’t see the forest from the trees…and every writer is there at one time or another…here are some essentials to keep in mind.
Are you wondering how to pitch a screenplay? You’re not alone. The other day Jurgen Wolff got an email from a writer who had an appointment to pitch her movie idea to a producer and she was in a panic.
It’s no secret that it’s hard to make an action sequence interesting in your screenplay. Once you have a cool idea, you have to keep it cool while also giving everything that happens a larger function in the story.
The most underrated talent in screenwriting is knowing when the script is done. Not the first draft. Not the second draft. Not the draft you’re taking out to your first round of contests, and not the draft you’re taking out to your writing group peers for feedback.
With so many screenwriters trying to do what you’re doing and with so few slots for Hollywood to fill, rejection is inevitable. In fact, it’s a strong guarantee. And for screenwriters, it’s to be expected more often than not.