Most screenwriting books and teachers put the cart before the horse. They show you an example of great screenwriting, and they say: write this.
What they don’t show you, is how to write it. Most of them don’t care if you write anything at all, ever.
In fact, what they teach you is how to analyse existing work. That’s useful for once you actually have work to analyse (because you will need to edit).
But first, you need a draft. And to get there, you need more than just analytical skills.
Here are the skills it takes to become a successful screenwriter:
- To learn to intuitively understand what a great script looks like.
- To develop the muscle memory to write in the correct format.
- To acquire the talent to translate ideas into the written word.
- To develop the analytical skills to edit and improve your work.
A multi-million dollar industry of screenwriting education products is built on just that last point.
They are all overlooking some, or all of the first three points.
In Immersion Screen, we focus on all 3. And you’ll be surprised how easy this is, and how enjoyable.