A place to share the agony and ecstasy of creating an outstanding screenplay.
And, maybe, along the way, discover ways this can help with other forms of writing like novels, short stories and poetry.
I thought I'd set up this group because it seems to me that writing a screenplay can be a lot scarier than other forms of writing. We don't (usually) learn to write scripts or even plays at school, and although we may have watched hundreds of movies, most people still believe writing a dramatic script for the screen is really 'just dialogue'.
So the hope is that the whole experience will be a little less scary when we share whatever we want... to share.
But I also thought it could be for She Writers who write novels, poetry, short stories and memoirs, because over the years I've found that the disciplines needed to write a screenplay can be a huge help for all writing forms. Approaching a scene in a novel as a cinematic storyteller, say, can take your descriptive prose to greater, more vividly felt heights. Finding a way to stop yourself over-delivering on the exposition helps if you've been creating evocative, precise detail in a script's action lines, or using subtle subtext in your dialogue there.
So, please introduce yourself and let us know a little about yourself.
Writing the shots was something I had quite a lot of problems with when I started writing screenplays. What helped was when I started to imagine my script as a living, breathing organism, but also how important it is to imagine the industry reader…Continue
OK, I'll go first.I'm a screenwriter, author, creative writing coach and Shakespeare scholar. I've been a journalist, an Oxford don and an agony aunt for teens.I was commissioned to write a historical epic/love tragedy by an independent Hollywood…Continue
Hi to you all. I'm afraid I've been neglecting this forum lately. I've been polishing a new script and trying to resist going online! One aspect of screenwriting I've been thinking a lot about lately is dialogue. In my last book, I strongly…Continue
Barbara's question about how to turn her stage play into a screenplay got me thinking about the difference between the two. And for me, the most important thing to focus on is the visuals. This is so neglected in the screenwriting manuals it's…Continue