Outlining Your Screenplay

April 3rd, 2012 by Ron


 The Script Blogger
Like most things in life, people end up doing things their way and that includes how they write a screenplay.Some writers swear by outlines and others never use them, let alone write one. There is no right way or wrong way; the best way is the way that works for you.
There probably is not an established, reliable method of going from a story idea to a script, even though each successful writer has a method, which is particular or possibly even unique, to him or her.So if you are a new writer looking for assistance as to how to take your idea from an idea to a working document presentable as a screenplay, to some degree you are on your own.Personally, my first stage in writing a screenplay is to create its logline.

A logline is a short summary of the concept of your script, hopefully stating whom the protagonist is, and what problem they face, including who the antagonist is, and what makes their story different?

I do write a short outline, normally a one-page synopsis briefly explaining the first act, the second act, what happens at the midway point in the script and how the story ends.

I use both the logline and one-page outline as a road map, keeping me on target as I write a script. Because in reality, it is easy to drift offline when you write, sometimes getting lost in a subplot or by over developing a minor character.

A major problem for many screenwriters is they often fall in love with their own writing and don’t see what they have written, objectively.

An obvious benefit from having a logline and synopsis before you start is if somebody asks you what you are working on, you can explain your story in a concise, exciting, and hopefully interesting manner. 

The logline for my current project is: –

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