Write STRUCTURE Before You Write Words
Forget about dialog and details.
Dialog and details write themselves once you have good overall structure.
These are the elements of structure to get right first:
|Title||The title is the most important part of any literary product. A good title suggests the characters. Tell the story in 1 to 3 words. Star Wars.|
|Ending||The ending writes your story. Get it right first.|
|Beginning||First scene tells the story in miniature.|
|Major internal turning points||Example: Inciting incident, pinch 1, midpoint break, pinch 2, crisis, resolution, wrap-up.|
|Characters' names||The characters' names tell the story. A good character name is visual, memorable, and either descriptive or ironic. (“Angel” could be a good or evil character. “John” is uninteresting character name.)|
|Themes||Name your story's 2 or 3 most prominent themes. (True love, revenge, class conflict, etc.)|
|Outline||Write a one-sentence description of each scene, and how that scene turns the story's themes in exciting, unexpected, (yet necessary) directions.|
You can express all the above elements on one page.
Yet they determine the success of your whole script.
Once the above "story engine" is running like a fine-tuned German racing machine, your dialog, description, and song lyrics flow out of you like liquid gold.