Last night I gave the first of a four-part webinar series on basic screenwriting using The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting. The best part for me was the great questions we received. Each question was terrific and well informed. Thank you all!
A favorite question was: Where should you start your screenplay?
The answer to this question varies according to what stage the writer is at. Last night’s seminar was aimed at beginning writers, so the answer for the first draft is: Start wherever the story began in your mind. Go with that first thought and make yourself a promise that you won’t try to second-guess your choices until you’ve written a draft. The motto of my writing system is: Don’t Get It Right, Get It Written.
Please let me know what gave you the idea for your screenplay. This is such a fascinating subject, and I hope to go into the process of original story development soon.