Posts tagged ‘outlining’

October 21, 2013

Video: How Great Screenwriters Prepare to Write

BAFTA has shared a wonderful short video in which half a dozen screenwriters discuss how they prepare to write. The writers cover such topics as how much they outline, their method for outlining, how many hours a day they write, and what works best for them to keep them creative and productive.

Click here to watch this video.

October 14, 2013

50 Resources to Help You Outline Your Script

You hear it from every direction: You need to write an outline. Some writers insist that a basic skeleton is enough to get you started; some say you have to spend a month outlining every last detail of your script before you start writing; and still others insist that you should just start writing and be prepared for the inevitable page-one rewrite that will follow your first draft.

You’re pretty sure you need an outline, but you’re not sure whether it should seven lines or forty pages…

If you’re struggling to find the best outlining method, check out these 50 resources for outlining your script. You’ll find a variety of opinions in here — the trick is finding the advice that is most helpful to you.

Here are a few of the articles I find most useful on the subject:

Outlining on ScriptShadow

Outline So That You Have a Plan to Ditch Once You Start Writing on Mastering Film

Outlining Your Script on The Writer’s Store

April 26, 2011

Shut Up and Write

This great article by Jeanne Veillette Bowerman talks about her personal experience with balancing having the necessary patience to carefully peice together your story and the productivity to start writing the damn thing already. It’s a tricky balance even for experienced writers, as Jeanne shows us:

Last week, I declared patience is paramount when it comes to both getting a project produced and learning your writing partner’s habits. But patience can also be the killer of a project – a slow infectious cancer that will suck the energy out of your work and your soul.

Sometimes you have to put up or shut up.

After a year of outlining our adaptation of Slavery by Another Name, we were dancing dangerously on the talk-is-cheap line. People kept saying, “So, how’s that adaptation coming?” Gulp.

In writing, and in life, you have to carefully walk a line between patience and productivity. My writing partner, Douglas A. Blackmon, and I were struggling getting this script written. We lived in different states yet functioned best in person. This was quite a dilemma.

I took a good hard look at what drove both of us. Then it hit me. Doug is a newspaper guy – he needed a deadline. I’m a competitive freak – I needed a contest.

Bingo! Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

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