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Writing Screenplay – Writing a Saleable Screenplay

May 12, 2010 by  
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Writing screenplay pieces is not something that everyone is capable of. There are many different ways to go about writing a screenplay, but you need to know the basics in order to become successful. Furthermore, it isn’t just about writing a script or learning how to screenwrite so that you can produce a finished product. The goal in this is to ensure that you learn how to write a screenplay that will SELL. It doesn’t matter if your script is the most compelling, grammatically correct and best formatted if you don’t write it to sell.

You have to become a bit of a salesperson when it comes to writing screenplay pieces. You will need to make sure that your script captivates buyers and catches people’s interest so that they want to know more. You can research writing hints and tips to help in the process, but not everything that you find will be useful. You really need to focus on structure development, character development, plot, and developing the subtext of the storyline. When you create these elements properly, you will have no trouble drawing in potential buyers and directors who will want to make your movie or TV show happen.

Writing screenplay pieces is a different process for every person. However, your goal will always be the same: write what sells. It might seem difficult to write about a topic if you aren’t familiar with it, so stay away from uncharted waters. Write what you know, and make it good. Make sure that your writing captivates the audience and cannot be turned away. Of course, you can’t get this opinion from yourself, so you should find an objective audience who can tell you whether you’re on the right path. When you are writing screenplay pieces, you will need to find a script editor and formatting specialist to help make sure that your piece is perfect before you even think about showing it to potential buyers.

Selling a screenplay is a lot of work, but not as much as writing one. Fortunately, if you take writing screenplay pieces seriously, you should have no trouble coming up with a saleable product that will basically sell itself. Read books about screenwriting and the film industry so that you understand what you’re getting into. These resources are new and have only been around for a decade or two, but they can be very helpful in your quest for screenwriting perfection.

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Michael Wiese Productions is the world’s leading publisher of filmmaking books and screenwriting books,

Visit http://www.mwp.com for more cutting edge tips and techniques on writing screenplays, indie movie making tips, writing screenplays and film screen writing.  While your there be sure to join our MWP community.

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7 Responses to “Writing Screenplay – Writing a Saleable Screenplay”
  1. sufia M. says:

    I would like to write short stories based on true experiences. Pls contact me at my e-mail address

  2. James Barnes says:

    I totally agree with this one. What is the point of writing a screenplay if you can’t sell it. It is important that you receive something in return for the time and effort you have consumed. Learning the basics is a must to be able to make your screenplay marketable.

  3. Great article! I can’t but agree that you have to work really hard in order to write a good screenplay. But selling your work is a much tougher task. You have to read many books on screenplays selling and marketing in order to know the industry inside out.

  4. James Cooper says:

    Thank you for the article! It’s so hard to sell a screenplay nowadays so it usually takes a lot of effort to pitch your script to a filmmaking industry professional. You have to read a lot of books on screenwriting and marketing a screenplay before you understand how the indutsry works.

  5. James Cooper says:

    Thank you for the article! It’s so hard to sell a screenplay nowadays so it usually takes a lot of effort to pitch your script to a filmmaking industry professional. You have to read a lot of books on screenwriting and marketing a screenplay before you understand how the industry works.

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