A lot of the times, people struggle with writing.. I do, so when i heard about these 22 tips for writing a movie i thought i would share them with you.
Tip Number 1
You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
Tip Number 2
You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
Tip Number 3
Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about til you're at the end of it. Now rewrite.
Tip Number 4
Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
Tip Number 5
Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You'll feel like you're losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
Tip number 6
What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
Tip Number 7
Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
Tip Number 8
Finish your story, let go even if it's not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
Tip Number 9
When you're stuck, make a list of what WOULDN'T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
Tip Number 10
#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you've got to recognize it before you can use it.
Tip Number 11
#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you'll never share it with anyone.
Tip Number 12
12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
Tip Number 13
#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it's poison to the audience.
Tip Number 14
#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What's the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That's the heart of it.
Tip Number 15
#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
TIp Number 16
#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don't succeed? Stack the odds against.
TIp Number 17
#17: No work is ever wasted. If it's not working, let go and move on - it'll come back around to be useful later.
TIp Number 18
#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
Tip Number 19
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
Tip Number 20
#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d'you rearrange them into what you DO like?
TIp Number 21
#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can't just write ‘cool'. What would make YOU act that way?
Tip Number 22
#22: What's the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.