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How do I write everyday?

Writer's Block?

Question writer's block's existence. Perhaps, it does not exist at all. Motivate yourself daily to write (and you may have to “trick” yourself sometimes). The next time you reach a lull, ram the nose of “writer's block” and write something, anything. Make your blockage a myth!

   
How do I end a script?

Direction?

“FADE OUT” ends many a spec script, but not all. The reason may be that “FADE OUT” is a transition, and a film's transitions are up to its director. When you finish a screenplay, tell your friends you “reached ‘FADE OUT'”, but feel free to end a screenplay with--well--“END”.

   
How do I begin a screenplay?

Catch the Reader's Attention

From the first description line of your screenplay, you want the reader to be moved to read the next line, and the next. Strive to catch the reader's attention with imagery from word one. (Give this a shot on your first draft, and pay close attention to it as you edit.)

   
How do I stay focused on my writing?

If You Love It

The key to finishing a screenplay may be found in one's passion for the work's subject. Most writers cannot finish a story embarked upon solely for its marketability. Write the story in your heart and you will most likely reach FADE OUT.

   
How do I begin a screenplay?

An Expression

“Typing FADE IN” or to have “typed FADE IN” is an expression sometimes used to indicate a writer has written the first few letters of a nascent screenplay. Many screenplays do not begin with the words “FADE IN”, as that is actually direction (which aspiring screenwriters should eschew). But when you tell your friends you have begun a first draft, be proud and say, “I typed FADE IN, today!”

   
How do I write everyday?

Creativity from the Start

On your first draft, be creative, write! Include everything that pops into your head. Do not worry over every line--that's editing! The first draft is about writing. Later, you can (and should) refine the words and take out elements that might hurt your chances for a sale.

   
How do I keep readers interested?

Ten Vital Pages

How do people in the movie industry sort through all the thousands of scripts that enter their lives each year? They judge a whole by some of its parts. One part by which many a Hollywood player judges a whole screenplay is the first ten pages. Your work's first ten pages must grip the reader. Don't waste pages, or even lines. Avoid superfluous writing. That goes for your whole script, but especially your first ten pages.

Don't worry too much over your first ten pages on the first draft. Be sure to tighten them though, during rewrite.

   
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