How Do You Achieve Success As a Screenwriter Based at Home?

Screen writing is a very competitive branch of writing and it can easily be done at the comfort of your home. To distinguish yourself as a prize-winning screenwriter, you will need to master great organizational skills, be uniquely creative and learn the best ways to present your final product to the buying studios. There are many techniques for screen writing. These are:

Organization
Any one person who masters organization in their writing tasks is on their way to becoming the master screenwriter. In fact, they are on their way to producing an award winning stellar screenplay. Organization is the key technique in screen writing. Before you start on your screen play, you should ask yourself the following questions;

a) Does my script have a clear start, middle and the end?

b) Does the story make any sense

The above questions may seem to be basic, yet many a screenwriters grapple with organizational problems that they don’t seem to know how to resolve. There are four organizational methods which any screenwriter can apply so as to succeed. These are, outlines, treatments, index cards and scene lists. All these tools are highly effective and all a screenwriter need, is to be discreet in deciding which organizational method best suits their situations.

Making your play captivating and interesting.

Any type of Writing is a process. All the most successful screenwriters take creative risks. Otherwise, without an interesting story even the most organized screenplay play will not get a market. A professional screenwriter should never copy another writer’s style, rather they should exercise their own imagination and experiment with various ways of telling and making the story.

When submitting your finished script, do it like a professional.

Once you are through with writing your interesting and well-organized screenplay, you will need to submit your script neatly and according to the receiving studio standards.

Below are the general guidelines to follow:

A feature length screenplay should be longer than 95 pages and short than 125 pages when you submit it to the studio for consideration.
Do not include character biography or synopsis with your script. This gives the studio editors with excuses not to review the whole screenplay.
Scene numbers should never appear on the script until it is sold. Studio readers or editors view the numbers as distraction and use it to demote your script as amateurish.
Studio readers prefer to receive scripts bound with circular metal brads. Use of folders and binders take up a lot of office space thus your script may end up being discarded by interns unintentionally during the normal cleans ups.
Finally, the use any of the many available screenwriting programs in formatting your script will greatly aid in making your screenplay to given a consideration. These programs are such as Movie Magic Screenwriter, script wizard and others.

Think success and be a success

It is always good, to take calculated risks with the plot and character development. Also ensure you follow the set studio standards for script submission. Strong writing skills development takes time to show themselves. A screenwriter should have the willingness to learn new things all the times and should have perseverance capabilities. Writers who are always experimenting with new ideas and who constantly improve their writing skills always succeed.