As any long term Bang2writer knows, I’m a big fan of planning. But yeah, I get why *you* might not be. Planning can be boring. You don’t want to do it. You want to DIVE INTO your draft.
But, look. Even if you ARE one of those uber-lucky people who can plot instinctively, you’re still going to *have* to come up with the goods at some point in the process. Money moguls and agents rarely have time to read entire screenplays (yes, really!), which is where things like “scriptments” and “sizzlers” really come into their own.
One of the most popular articles on this site is How To Write Screenplay Outlines, Beat Sheets and Treatments. The fab @ETyrrellMedia has transformed this post again into an easily referable infographic for you all.
As a script editor, I see waaaaay too many good concepts go down the swanny structurally due to lack of planning, but more often: I’ll actually see great writing, yet the concept behind it is confused, derivative or even missing altogether! Yet without a great concept, we got NOTHING.
Planning actually HELPS our writing: it can ensure we road test our concepts; or maybe it will help ensure we set up and pay off. It can help us FINISH our drafts faster. It can even ensure we sell our ideas “off the page” better to producers, investors, agents or potential audiences!
What’s not to like? (Apart from doing the work, of course).
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