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by Script Reader Pro in Screenwriting Courses
May 4, 2015 1 comment
SCREENWRITING COURSES

Question: What’s an aspiring screenwriter’s least favorite word in the world?
Answer: PASS.

The Vicious Circle Surrounding Screenwriting Courses, Coverage & Contests

Unfortunately it’s a word maybe 85% of aspiring screenwriters hear when they get back their script coverage reports.

And that’s AFTER completing two online screenwriting courses and reading five books in the past year.

Are you one of these aspiring screenwriters? — caught in a vicious circle of rewriting a script, sending it off for coverage, getting another PASS, rewriting it again, sending it back, getting a PASS. (Well, maybe not if you sent it to us ; )

Or going on a screenwriting course, rewriting a script, sending it in to a contest and then not even cracking the Top 20?

All of this can get pretty demoralizing (not to mention expensive) and the reason is due to one major problem:

You’re trying to improve a multi-flawed script rather than first improving your skills in the fundamentals of screenwriting.

This is why you’re still get pulled up on the basics, like: “The dialogue is too on-the-nose,” or “The structure needs work,” or “The characters are “two-dimensional.”

But why? when there are mountains of advice out there on how to write believable dialogue, craft exciting plots, and interesting characters in screenwriting courses, blogs, books, podcasts, seminars, etc.

The Reason Is This:

Much of this advice is either vague, ambiguous, and confusing, or just plain WRONG.

  • No, you shouldn’t approach every scene through the lens of a protagonist with a goal against an antagonist.
  • No, phrases like “You need to ramp up the stakes in Act 2,” “Let the story breathe,” or “Just trust in your characters” aren’t much help to anybody.
  • No, screenplay structure is not just about three big, broad, generic acts.
  • No, the best way to create a great character is not by writing reams of pages on their backstory and what the name of their cat was called while they were in 7th grade.
  • And no, you shouldn’t never use camera angles or write what we can’t see.

So, What’s The Solution?

The solution is to cut through all the abstract, misleading advice out there, get down to basics and master the fundamentals of screenwriting before sending your script anywhere.

We have a new, hands-on, practical, online screenwriting course coming your way very soon. Forget all other screenwriting courses. This one gets you writing like a pro through practical exercises and by de-mystifying all that confusing theory, and you can read more about it here.

screenwriting courses Check it out, and we’ll talk soon.

1 Comment
  1. Steven Millan says:

    A majority of these courses are also taught by people who either quite never made it or have written strictly for Straight-To-Video VHS/DVD/Blu Ray/VOD fare.

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