How To Decide What To Write: Movie Ideas In Your Head

By on April 10, 2013

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.)

Next:  Screenplay format – The Easiest Way To Get It Right.

About Joe Screenwriter

I've been working in Hollywood at a major film studio for over 10 years. I've read thousands of scripts, run a screenplay coverage company and worked for a successful producer. I'm not a screenwriter, but I know good scripts from bad and have built up a cornucopia of knowledge.


  1. Jessy Rades

    August 16, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Ha, I;ve got soo many ideas rattling around in my noggin

  2. Pratik Nandanwar

    August 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Great tips!! Short and sweet, like it. I’ve got soooo many in my head