What's a screenplay?
An honest enough question. It's the starting block (the foundation) for a movie, or TV show.
Oh, right. That must be really easy? Turning an idea into a story for a movie.
NO! Have you tried writing one? Get back to me when you have.
Does that mean you just write dialogue for movies? That's so easy. Anyone can write dialogue.
NO! Creating a screenplay (story) is a little more complicated than that.
So on and so forth.
Have you had anything produced? Have I seen anything that you've written?
No. Not yet. But I'm working on it.
Does that mean you're not really a screenwriter?
No. I'm a screenwriter. In the same way a novelist is still a novelist, even if they haven't had anything published.
So you're an aspiring screenwriter?
I write, I am.
I want to be a screenwriter. I've always wanted to write a movie. But I don't have enough time to do it.
Really? Then you don't really want to be a writer. There are twenty-four hours in a day. Two to three hours a day, that's all you need. Make the time. Find the time. Put in the hours.
How should I do that?
Read screenplays. Watch movies. But most importantly, start writing, and learn the craft.
Why do you do it? Is it to become rich and famous?
No. Those are reasons. But they should never be the reasons.
I've always wanted to write. And I've always had a love for movies.
Welcome to Russell’s website. A storyteller who enjoys writing screenplays for movies. Even though the process is hard. It keeps his imagination working overtime.
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