This is the second step in our 4-part tutorial on “How To Write A Screenplay“
If you are like me, you have thousands of ideas in your head on what would make a great screenplay. Okay, maybe hundreds because my brain would explode. My main challenge is sorting through all of these and picking which ONE to focus on.
I’ve picked up this quick 3-part technique that helped me tune out “the noise”. Maybe it will help you:
1. List the Genre of every idea you have. (ex: Love Story, Western, Sci-Fi, Coming Of Age, etc..)
2. No underneath each one, list only once sentence to describe it. (ex: two lovers meet from different galaxies)
3. List the outcome of each. (ex: boy grows up and finds his calling at the circus)
I found that this gets the idea out of my head, helps me decide if It’s a good idea or bad and possible combine ideas. (ex: Coming of Age drama set in space.)