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When did you know you wanted to become a screenwriter?

I have been thinking about becoming a screenwriter for some time. I love the idea of telling stories and educating the general public. #movies #screenwriting

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Guillermo,

I am not a screenwriter, per se, but I do write scripts in my role as an Instructional Designer. I started writing stories when I was a kid. I think writing of any kind, all the time, is a key part to having a passion for writing. Plus the practice of writing makes it easier to do it again, like a person who is physically fit ready to become an athlete in a specific sport. Screen writing has specific elements of technique and style that need to be studied and practiced.

I would offer that the hardest part of any writing endeavor are two things: persistence and resilience. You need to be able to do the work when it is hard. And you need to do the work when someone tells you that they didn't like your last work product.

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Mark’s Answer

Okay, Guillermo, take a look at the recent popular movies. Why were they? Could it be that the violence was epic, spectacular? Now what would your story telling be based on? Action, horror or drama, comedy and romance? Who are you writing to excite? Children. Boys (ages 16 to 25). Girls (ages 16 to 25). Men or Women. You have to understand them. Where will you successfully pitch (option, sell) your scripts? What does an executive at a studio promote, or a VP of development at a small, indie production company desire? Take a look at the IMDBPro. Because they will be assessing the budget. Anywhere from $10,000 to $150 million. Also, you've got to pay for feedback which will be criticisms and insights to improve the marketability. The drafts could take 2 to 10. You have to write according to the rules, and impress the pro reader on the first page regarding the action and behavior of the protagonist and antagonist. Finally, your voice of a premise (purpose of script) has to be fresh and unique, along with taking a risk of imagination. You're correct, this won't be an easy, over the night achievement. Good luck, Mark Wagner
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