The ten commandments of writing a screenplay

These 10 commandments can guide you and help to write the best screenplay possible

  1. If your readers have lost the plot, then you have lost the plot

  2. Accept the fact that writing means rewriting

  3. Stretching reality is OK. Stretching credibility is not

  4. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is the first act

  5. Real drama is life with the boring parts removed. Cut the fat and keep the beef

  6. Conflict, obstacles, jealousy and jeopardy are essential ingredients of any script

  7. Structure, structure, structure. Screenplays can be unruly beasts

  8. Get it right. Grammar is key

  9. Feedback, feedback, feedback. It’s essential

  1.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try try again