Wanted: Good Stories, Well Told
If we want to beat the gatekeepers, it’s very simple: we have to give the readers what they want: a good story, well told. But HOW do we do this?? After all, what “good” stories or even “good” characters can vary, person to person … Is it any wonder the odds are against us??
NEWSFLASH: There Is NO Magic Formula
… Or if there is, it’s not talent or luck based, it’s just plain HARD WORK! That’s the bad news.
But it’s also the good news, because if you knuckle on down, you DO have every chance of Making It As A Writer (whatever that means).
Decide on your STRATEGY
Whilst it’s true certain mediums and markets are more difficult to break into than others, but if you want something? Go for it! Wherever your passion lies, whether it’s TV, feature, short, web series, you need to decide what you want AND resolve the pay the price to get it.
So, THIS Is What You Do: “Reader Proof” Your Script!
I talk a lot about “reader proofing” your screenplay, which many think is *just* about ensuring you don’t get busted when it comes to screenplay format. Whilst format and presentation *is* part of it, it reader proofing is SO MUCH more!
“Reader proofing” relates to what Script Readers WANT when they open your screenplay. I decided to break down exactly what B2W wants and came up with this infographic, which I broke down into stages:
YEP: It’s All About STORY And CHARACTER
As connoted by the diagram, the BIGGER the stage, the more IMPORTANT it is … and check out where Format is!! Oh yes, right at the bottom. That’s not to say Format isn’t important, but there IS a whole swathe of stuff FAR, FAR more important if you want to give that gatekeeper your “good story, well told”!
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