How to Write a Screenplay


A Practical Guide and Exercises to Write your Screenplay

In this book, you will build the fundamental knowledge needed to get started on writing your first screenplay – A Practical Guide and Exercises.

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You’re reading this now because you’ve probably said at some point, “I should write a screenplay.” You have a great idea for a TV series or a feature film, but that’s all it is right now. An idea. Now that you’re ready to sit down in front of your computer and write it, where to start? A blank screen stares you in the face, giving you the realization that all the ideas, all the words, have to become formulated into a cohesive script.

Famed author Roald Dahl once said, “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” The same can be applied to movies. Love it or hate it, it still starts with a finished script.

The key to writing is “write what you know.”  This doesn’t mean writing about only the subjects you know, but rather more about putting your experiences into the characters and stories you create. 

This book, which contains concrete examples and more than 30 exercises, will guide you through the steps you need to craft a cohesive structure, from developing your characters, organizing your ideas, creating the elements of your story to writing your first script. 

By the end of this guide you will be able to:

  • Organize your Story Ideas to Fit The Screenplay Structure
  • Learn How Important Theme is to Building your Story  
  • Discover the Vital Components For Writing Great Scenes
  • Understand How Dialogue is Used Correctly 
  • Get Started On your First Script


  • Film Genre
  • The Subject of your Screenplay
  • Themes
  • Point of View
  • Story elements
  • Characters & Characterization
  • Narrative Structure
  • Developing your Screenplay
  • Writing & Presentation
  • Dialogue
  • Resources & Tips
  • Thesaurus

Book Details
Publisher: MOVIESOFT
Author: Michael Barmish
Release Date: 02/11/2020
ISBN: 978-1-913580-35-3
Language: English
Download options: PDF

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