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by Script Reader Pro in Life As A Screenwriter
December 31, 2010 3 comments
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So, another writing year draws to a close… As an aspiring screenwriter, this may be a good time to take stock of your writing goals, achievements from the year gone and aspirations for the year ahead.

Simply putting down these goals on paper at the beginning of the year can be one of the best script writing tips for beginners you’ll ever hear.

Writing, as I’m sure you know, can be tough.

It can be hard to stay motivated and put in those four to six hours every day without the strict deadlines professional writers are forced to adhere to.

But it can be done, and the New Year is as good a time as any to re-define just what exactly you hope to achieve.

Most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten within a couple of weeks, but if you’re serious about pursuing a career in scriptwriting, we strongly suggest you whip up some screenwriting goals for 2011.

What Are These Script Writing Tips For Beginners?

Write them down; from an overall career goal, to monthly goals, to smaller day-to-day goals. It’ll help focus and structure your writing immeasurably.

Some writers like to give themselves “page count goals”—they won’t stop writing until they’ve completed five pages a day.

Others prefer to stick to the clock — three hours and that’s it. While others prefer not to place any restrictions on themselves but simply write as much as they feel comfortable with. Of course, there are no rules when it comes to setting yourself daily goals.

The most important thing is that you sit down to write every day. Even if it’s only for half an hour. This is one of the best script writing tips for beginners you’ll ever hear.

You may want to also give yourself short term monthly goals — “I will finish an outline within two months.” But if you’re not getting paid, who’s there to make sure you actually do it?

One good way to force yourself to adhere to a goal is to enter an upcoming screenwriting competition before you’ve finished the screenplay.

Another is to book and pay for an appointment for a face-to-face session with a script consultant a few months in advance of finishing the draft or the script.

What About Longer Term Goals?

Be realistic in your choices. Instead of focussing on one script and aiming to sell it within a year, aim to write four. By the end of the year you’ll be in a hell of a much better position with four specs than one. (And a better writer.)

When Michael Arndt was an aspiring screenwriter he made a life changing decision and set himself a goal. He saved up $25,000, quit his day job, and gave himself a year to write as many screenplays as possible.

One year later, he had finished six scripts, one of which was called Little Miss Sunshine. So, if you’re as dedicated as Michael to becoming a professional screenwriter, maybe you could set yourself a similar goal and launch your writing career in 2011.

Happy writing to you all and may the new year be your most productive yet! Be sure to check out our other post on the screenwriting tips and tricks you wish you’d known earlier. And they’re not just for beginners!

3 Comments
  1. Chike says:

    Hey, thanks for the tips/inspiration. I’m also aspiring and let’s hope that we’ll both get a great script done this year!

    best,
    chi

  2. Iris Warren says:

    Nearly half the year gone and I still haven’t finished my screenplay. Oops!

  3. Bessong Gladys Agbor says:

    I know what to write but i don’t know how to begin writing it.

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