Advice to the Amateur Writer

Mystery Man on Film posted some advice for amateur writers. My favourites are:

  • Chances are that you won’t sell a screenplay until you’ve made a name for yourself by selling a screenplay.
  • Always use a standardized three-act structure or some variation of it that resembles the films you see in the theatres because you can’t get something produced if it’s not original.
  • Since only perfect specs are the ones that are purchased, make sure your write and rewrite your script several times until it is perfect - that ensures that your manuscript is ready to be rewritten once it is sold.