The thought of being a screenwriter and seeing your world come to life on screen is breathtaking. There are tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you go.

How to become a screenwriter

Writing stories for the silver screen is an exciting prospect. The thought of not only writing a new world but seeing it come to life on screen is breathtaking. However, this road to evolving into a success story isn’t instant; neither is it insurmountable. There are tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you go.

Write and read every day

No matter if you want prosperity as a novelist or screenwriter, you gotta practice. That means creation should be implemented as part of your daily schedule.

The general rule is: 10,000 hours of work to earn mastery in a skill. That means that by continuing to hone your craft, new things can still be learned. Even after 10,000 hours, though, many find there are still concepts undiscovered.

It’s also important to read the work of other screenwriters. There isn’t a better way to get the hang of being a screenwriter than studying the material available.

For instance, when a student is assigned a synthesis essay, they need to learn to create such a piece. To do this, look to examples to know how to build a discussion. Every student writing an essay and screenwriters can benefit from the help of online essay-writing services.

Get second opinions

If a screenwriter has been working on a piece for an extended period, they’ve become close to it. They’ve ingrained a part of themselves in it, and therefore can’t look at it from the point of view of another person.

That’s why it’s crucial for writers to reach out and get a second opinion. Whether it’s an official editor or just a few helpful friends, these opinions can go a long way. It can be hard to accept criticism of your work, but it’s much better than being blind to mistakes in a script.

Meet people

Networking is absolutely critical in professional recognition. For a screenwriter, this can be a little intimidating. After all, screenwriting isn’t a job that can easily be found at a local job fair.

There are alternative ways to meet others in the field. Is there a writing class coming up in the area? If not, the internet is a great resource. There are plenty of online communities and social media groups that screenwriters can join.

Share your work

At the end of the day, you won’t be successful with a collection of unread files on your computer. To see that work go anywhere, it needs to be shared with the right people.

For many, this means finding an agent that can help them land meetings. That includes meetings with producers & executives looking for the next big hit.

To prepare for this, it’s a good idea to practice a pitch. When walking into a meeting, it’s essential to have a plan. If someone doesn’t know how to act, what deals are reasonable, and other niceties, things won’t go well. In all likelihood, a choppy or awkward pitch won’t land you the job. Even worse, not knowing the value of your work will also strike the chances of a fair deal – if a deal is made at all.

Conclusion

All of these tips are absolutely important on your path to become a screenwriter. The most significant idea to keep in mind, though, is that to get anywhere, you’ll need to persevere. Not many screenwriters find recognition and fortune with their first script.

With this in mind, you need to remember to keep going. If one project gets rejected, polish it up and try again or even start again fresh. Eventually, you’ll find a chance to make a name for yourself.

Daisy Franklin is an adventuress, rabblerouser, and all-around snarky bon viveur. She worked in the music business for ten years and it made her absolutely miserable. Now she works as a freelance writer and is working on her first book, 'Live to Fail Another Day'.

daisy@filmcraft.club