Finally the first draft of my heist script has been completed. I know that the draft sucks but nothing can take away the exhilaration of typing ‘FADE OUT.’ It does a lot to your self confidence if you are able to stick to it till the end. Because a lot of uncertainties come up especially in the second act. It’s the make and break point of writing a script. If you are able to survive that, third act wont be much of a problem.
Completing a draft of a script does not prove anything. There are a lot of people out there who do that. But sustaining this passion for one long year while punching it out at the rate of one hour per day on average- I feel that at least I have proved to myself how serious I am regarding this ambition of being a scriptwriter.
There are certain things that I have learned from this experience.
1-What have I learned first and foremost is the importance of outlining in the completion of a script. But at the same time one needs to be aware how much outlining amount to how much script, page wise. Other wise a lot of your effort will disappear in rewriting.
2-Writing everyday is also important so that your script doesnot become foreign to you. Sometimes the inertia may be too much to come back to it.
3-Another thing is that never plan the dialogue in your scenes too much before hand. It would take away the spontaneity of your scene. You will always be trying to cram up the scene with dialogues which may be good but doesn’t go well together.
4-Make sure that your subplots really matter to your main plot. Having so many threads in your hand will end up as deleting them in second draft.
Its just wasting time with the first draft.
5-And let me tell you the most important thing. The best way to learn scriptwriting? Write scripts.
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