How to Break In and Succeed as a Screenwriter

Written by Brian Konradt

Screenwriting is a competitive trade. To distinguish yourself as a prize-winning writer you need to master organizational skills, take creative risks, and learn how best to present your final product. Forrepparttar aspiring screenwriter, Tom Lazarus' book, "Secrets of Film Writing" is one ofrepparttar 149166 best. An exceptional screenwriter with five produced screenplays, Lazarus developed this book for beginning writers enrolled in his classes at UCLA.

This article examines a few ofrepparttar 149167 many techniques outlined in "Secrets of Film Writing" and provides examples of screenwriters who succeeded with Tom Lazarus' guidelines.

ORGANIZATION IS KEY Master organization and you're closer to producing a stellar screenplay, not a mediocre one. Ask yourself these questions:

1) Doesrepparttar 149168 screenplay have a clear beginning, middle and end? 2) Doesrepparttar 149169 story drift aimlessly or does it make its point successfully?

These may seem like basic questions, yet many screenwriters grapple with organizational problems.

Lazarus addresses this issue in his book; he recommends writers use one of four organizational methods to ensure their screenplays flow smoothly: outlines, treatments, index cards, and scene lists. All four of these tools are equally effective. Writers need to be discreet to decide which organizational crutch best suits their needs.

In writingrepparttar 149170 screenplay forrepparttar 149171 Hollywood feature film "Stigmata," Lazarus chose to use a scene list for organizational support since he already had specific ideas aboutrepparttar 149172 chronology and action details of his story. To writers who have difficult organizing and prefer a different method, Lazarus says, "Go for it, because no one is going to see it. It's a process. There is no wrong way."

MAKE IT INTERESTING Writing is a process. Great screenwriters take creative risks. Without an interesting story, evenrepparttar 149173 most organized screenplay will be unmarketable. The goal should never be to copy another writer's style; instead exercise your own imagination and experiment with different ways to spark your story.

When Warner Brothers hired Tim McCanlies to adapt Ted Hughes' famous English novel "The Iron Man" forrepparttar 149174 screen, he struggled with whether he should remain true to Hughes' vision or develop a new story based loosely onrepparttar 149175 original book's events. McCanlies chose to do something risky and wildly creative; he Americanized "The Iron Man" by settingrepparttar 149176 story inrepparttar 149177 1950s duringrepparttar 149178 Cold War terror and renamed it "The Iron Giant." His calculated risk proved worthwhile. American audiences related torepparttar 149179 film and appreciated its examination of an unusual time in their nation's history. Also, English audiences embraced "The Iron Giant" despite its variation fromrepparttar 149180 original English text and awarded itrepparttar 149181 2000 BAFTA Award for best feature film.

Understanding That Online Writing is Business Writing Will Make You a Fortune

Written by Christopher Kyalo

Never before inrepparttar history ofrepparttar 149127 business of writing have opportunities opened up and presented themselves in such a large quantity and scale for writers to easily win so much regular business and revenue.

If you know anything about writers of old you will know that they mostly starved, some to death. Yes, they often had to pay such a high price for their love of writing.

Today everything has changed so dramatically and so suddenly. Thanks mainly torepparttar 149128 internet andrepparttar 149129 huge hungry market it continues to build at high every day,repparttar 149130 business of writing has been changed forever.

Sadly however, many writers are yet to fully wake up torepparttar 149131 new realties ofrepparttar 149132 internet andrepparttar 149133 fresh and different business and revenue opportunities that are suddenly within such easy reach of any writer. Many offline writers are still stuck saying that they will never write $3 or $5 articles (see my article on this controversial subject at

Yetrepparttar 149134 same writers had no problem starting off their careers writing 10-cents-per-word articles inrepparttar 149135 old days. Some even wrote for publications that pay in copies and others that don’t even pay (just to get clippings of their published work. And yet those clippings were not anywhere near as effective as “online writing clippings” – that is your articles posted free at article sites, can be today).

But for you to succeed as an online writer you must first understand that all online writing is business writing. Inrepparttar 149136 bricks and mortar world business writing is writing about boring stocks and sometimes boring companies and trying to explain why they are so successful or why they have failed. Incidentally I personally find such writing fascinating.

In online writing,repparttar 149137 business writing is different. You can write on any subject, giving a lot of useful details and advice but inrepparttar 149138 end, you must find a way of getting readers to do what you want them to do. Your objective could be to get them to visit your website or blog for more information and this win higher traffic, which gives you many possibilities. Or your objective could be to get them to head straight to your affiliate website.

In other words your writing is always business writing becauserepparttar 149139 end objective is to sell something, even if it is just ideas. And yetrepparttar 149140 moment your writing looks like it is selling, it will be shunned and people will not want to come anywhere near your writing. A good example is this article that you are reading so eagerly. It is actually selling something. Get my point? The kind of writing articles do online is very different.

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