At 6/8/19 04:04 PM, 123survesh wrote:
Any new script writers in the mix? How was your experience writing scripts instead of just writing stories? I found writing scripts a bit different from writing stories. Like it took too long to make a point. As you have to make the characters actually act out the scenes. There were moments where I just wanted to write that, "the main character did this and the others reacted in a certain way", and just finish the script there.
How did you guys feel?
Been script writing for a while, but I get the instinct of just feeling like writing out a description of the scene instead of going through the scene bit by bit. What I find helpful is to break down the writing process into a couple of steps. I start off with just free associating stuff to figure out which story I want to tell, after I figure out the general beats of the narrative then I write out the story in the "Main character does this and everyone reacts this way" fashion, occasionally taking notes on small details I'd like to have in the scene.
After I have the skeleton I write a Dogshit draft, something that no one will ever see, something that I probably won't reread, just something to get a test run through the narrative. Scenes drag on for too long, strong emotional beats flop, but after the DS draft is finished I at least have something to criticise with a handful of new ideas popping up during writing.
After the DS draft I take a quick stab at another project to clear my head and after a week or two I rewrite the whole thing from scratch keeping the stuff that I remember liking and changing the stuff that didn't work. Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
I reckon there's a bit less leeway on thematic focus when it comes to scripts. With prose you can write a weak story, but if your ideas are strong, if you provoke the reader into thinking about stuff, then people will still read it. Scripts need a narrative through-line to keep the audience going.
Was a blast making something for this contest! Writing with a concrete timeline but without too much pressure is my go to path to actually getting stuff written :'D