Screenwriting is my passion. I love writing and I love movies. It’s an addiction.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve searched for ways to express myself creatively. Screenwriting just fit so easily. I’ve been obsessed ever since.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking more and more about my overall body of work and decided it was time to expand. So I’ve set some pretty ambitious goals over the course of the next year. Basically, I’ve challenged myself to be better. To learn more. To write more.
This thought process inspired me to sit down and really think about why I love to write screenplays.
It isn’t a complete list by any means but it does represent an important idea.
Screenwriting means something different for anyone who has ever loved movies enough to give it a shot.
Here’s a small look at some simple things that remind me why I love screenwriting so much:
- The first time I saw the screenplay format and decided to try it.
- Watching movies that make me feel like writing.
- Feeling inspired.
- Being excited about a new story.
- The freedom to come up with new ideas.
- Launching Final Draft.
- Typing FADE IN:
- Writing just because I can.
- Finding that one thing that ties the entire story together.
- Designing a title page.
- Writing ‘trailers’ before I start a screenplay.
- ‘Photoshopping’ posters for new stories.
- Sitting somewhere quiet with a blank notebook and my imagination.
- Perfecting the opening scene.
- Keeping stories secret until they are finished.
- Finishing an outline and gearing up to start writing.
- Changing my furniture around whenever I start a new script.
- Finishing a first draft and then spending countless hours perfecting it.
- The rewriting process.
- Thinking about the little details.
- Writing good conversations.
- Losing track of time while I write.
- Writing about screenwriting.
- Making play lists of songs that remind me of the story I’m working on.
- Getting up early to write.
- Staying up late to write.
- Pulling all nighters.
- Creating cool villains.
- Creating cool heroes.
- Creating interesting supporting characters.
- Building inside jokes into scripts.
- Introducing new characters.
- Describing locations that no one has ever seen.
- Incorporating obscure references.
- Making up words and terms.
- Using white space to my advantage.
- Creative transitions between scenes.
- Bringing old characters into new stories.
- Writing confrontations and arguments.
- Powering through writer’s block.
- Revisiting old ideas.
- Making a change that makes the story better.
- Reading screenwriting books.
- Losing sleep because I have to write something down.
- Reading my old scripts.
- Reading screenwriting blogs.
- Reading produced hollywood screenplays.
- Knowing a characters decisions instinctively because you just know.
- Thinking of titles that have more than one meaning.
- Catching a mistake the spell checker missed.
- Writing on my iPhone.
- Printing out a finished script.
- Being terrified to show people my work and getting over it.
- Surprising myself.
- Typing THE END.
- Finishing a script and immediately starting work on a new one!
There’s literally thousands of little moments you experience when you are writing. It’s impossible to collect them all in one place. These are just a few of the reasons why I’ll never stop writing movies. It’s too much fun.