Behind the camera: where the story came from?
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Before something happens behind the camera, there is a script and a genuinely great one. Production companies frequently explain that thousands of writers send them scripts from all over the world every day. While it sounds like a pool of talent, in reality, this is a mire of ugly and stupid writing among which there might be a Holy Grail – a single script that is worth attention.

If you want to get there, behind the scenes, as a screenwriter, then your work must be very good and worthy of someone’s attention. But too much writers have the problem with starting a script. For example, one expert from a production company called Red Rock Entertainment reviews many scenarios daily and confesses that about half of them is written in a sharp language, but the lack of general idea forces him to put those scripts aside. Keep in mind that regardless of the writing you’re doing (a script, a book, or an article to a newspaper), choosing the right idea is crucial. Only those topics and that concepts inspire you can be finished and make it to the top of the writing chain.

Finding motivation is half the task

Whatever you do, look for inspiration! Some writers get their ideas from the dreams; they wake up in the middle of the night and begin writing the thoughts down to continue developing them in the morning. Some get inspiration from the daily life and small moments happening around: a short talk between a mother and a child in a supermarket or a tender touch of a youngster in love. Some writers read a lot and get inspired by the facts from newspapers or characters in books. Regardless of the kind of inspiration you have, it’s essential to understand what it is, what makes your mind click. Once you know, it all will go easier.

The important fact about finding motivation is to make a note about it. Whenever any idea clicks in your head, make a record. Even if now it seems stupid or making no sense at all, write it down. The more tips for a story development you have, the easier the actual writing will go.

Recognizing the right ideas

Most writers confess that when the right idea, “your” idea comes into your life, you will physically feel it. Some mean that goosebumps run through their body, others feel a wave of heat, or maybe you begin breathing faster. Whatever signal is yours, make sure to learn what it is. And whenever you feel it, stop whatever you’ve been doing and ask the question: “Okay. What just happened?” and recollect every detail because the devil is in the details!

It might be a person, a sound, a fragrance, a dream, a headline, literally anything! The vital fact is that this “something” made your mind pop; this means that this popping idea has occupied your mind and can develop in a great story and then a script. What’s important here is not to ignore these minor signals while being in search of a “big” idea! Remember that big ideas frequently consist of small ones, so the more of them you’ll collect, the easier it will be to create the general picture and the framework for the script.

Distractions and doubt and how to work with them

Too often young writers neglect their scripts and pigeonhole only because their surrounding discourages them. What you need to do is abstract yourself away from such “advisers”. As a rule, these people just want to put in their two cents without thinking about what they say. You need to pay attention only to the criticism that can actually improve your script or idea and not spruce your attention around. If you try to account for every comment you receive, you won’t have time to develop the script. Adhere to your philosophy at all cost!

While others will be questioning your work and ideas, it’s important not to get lost in their doubts and not to start doubting yourself. For example, Damien Chazelle, the director of La-La-Land, wrote his script and then had to wait for almost ten years before anyone agreed to invest in it. Of course, doubts about the authenticity of your writing may take place, and it’s OK! If you feel that something is not in the right place, then take more time and research the idea more to make it sound more natural. As you fill in the blanks and shade moments, you will answer your own doubts and can press forward.

Writer’s block and how to overcome it

Eventually, almost all writers get stuck. The period, when ideas stop coming to your head, and the motivation drops lower than the floor level, always happens at one point or another. In such cases, experts advise just stopping for a while (make sure this while doesn’t last more than a month) and occupying yourself with something else.

On the break, still, continue taking notes and looking for ideas that can help you finish the script. This saying, don’t forget on the break that you’re a writer! Your goal is to develop the habit of writing down everything curious and then keeping all the notes together. You never know when this or that fact may come in handy.

Final touches are essential

Finalization of a script, adding the final touches to it is generally the hardest thing to do. But however hard they might seem, the feeling of completion and self-satisfaction are worth the effort!

And the final point. Whenever you decide to write a script – sit and start. Starting takes you at the beginning, the middle is crossed when you fight your doubts, and the final point is made once the final corrections are implemented. Once the script is ready, start working on getting a director and a producer on your side. With their support, you will find an investor and turn your hard work from the paper version into a real film!

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