Writing Screenplays That Sell

Happy New Year!

You know how important it is for your protagonist to have a tangible goal? Guess what? You are the protagonist in the movie of your life. What is your goal for this year? What is your goal for this quarter? What is your goal for this month? What is your goal for today?

You need a plan... and a new year or new season or new Month is a great excuse to forget all of the things that went wrong last year or just didn't go exactly as planned and have a fresh start. Hey, I screw up so much that I also use My Birthday and Ground Hog Day as good excuses to hit the reset button on my life and start with a new plan (or just restart the old plan). But I *need* a plan if I want to get anything done, and you probably do, too.

Have you ever gone to the grocery store to buy one specific thing and then got home with a couple of bags of groceries but *not* that one thing you needed? That's why they invented grocery lists... but we are going to look at Screenwriting To Do Lists. You may have made all of the regular New Year's Resolutions (lose 30 pounds, etc) and maybe you have "finish my screenplay" on that list, but I want you to make a list just for screenwriting - a plan of action for the year 2019.

Tuesday Script Tips are on the business of screenwriting, but screenplays are just part of a movie, and we need to sell our screenplays if we ever want to see them on screen... so just about every aspect of writing a script is business related. *Writing* screenplays is the most important part of the business. You can't control whether you sell a script or not, but you can control whether you write one.

You know what the first step in selling a script is? Having one to sell in the first place. Figure out what you can accomplish by the end of the year, then take it step-by-step. You can't write a script in a day, but if you can write a page a day you'll have 360 pages by the end of the year. If you can only write a third of a page a day - you still end up with a new script by the end of the year. That's one more script than most people have.

Now, you can just write that page or third page or whatever whenever you get around to it, or you can have a plan to write and stick to it. Guess which method works best?


Screenwriter's Bible

You have probably read in my blog about my big To Do List... and I just made up the one for 2019. Many of the things on the brand new 2019 To Do List were leftovers from the 2018 To Do List... and some were even still from the 2011 To Do List - 2011 was not a great year for me. It was supposed to be - with the 1980s hit movie remake gig and several other projects... that didn't happen that year. I wasted time on some projects that didn't happen, did some meetings on things that went nowhere, and didn't get to everything on my big To Do List. I also planned on producing DREAM LOVER - my no-budget thriller film - but my co-producers were busy and it was postponed... and now may never happen. At first the funding on that film was based on the 1980s remake flick being made, but my revised plan is to do it as a Kickstarter project since part of the reason for makin the film is research on a book on making your own film. That film project is off of this year's Big To Do List. Though 2017 was much better than 2011 - I'd planned on writing a half dozen new scripts last year, but ended the year with a single new spec and three Blue Book expansions, the couple of short stories and a Story In Action book... I have the LO/NO BUDGET Book that was *supposed* to be finished last year but will come out this year instead. I planned on having it done by Holiday Season of *last* year. Hey, no plan is perfect... but without a plan? I'd get nothing done!

So, was last year a failure? Nope! Despite everything that threw me for a loop, I did crank out a some new scripts and did three Blue Books and some other writing. Without the big To Do List, *nothing* would have been to-done. I think the best thing you can do is to have a plan, even if things change. Especially if things change. Having a plan with clear goals allows you to get back on track after things change. Having a plan gives you goals to work toward. You may not cross off everything by the end of the year, but you'll be able to cross off something. Without a plan you're just spinning your creative wheels. So make up a big To Do List for 2019. You may not finish everything, but try to.

I break up my big To Do List by months, and decide what I want to accomplish in each month. I used a lined sheet of paper, and put it in a plastic sleeve that goes inside my laptop as a screen protector. Every month has a specific goal. Because I write full time, I figure I can pound out a first draft in a month, and often have six first drafts planned for every year. Actually, not all of those are first drafts - some are page one rewrites on older scripts, so on my 2019 To Do List one of my scripts is the rewrite of DEAD RUN which I think I have finally figured out how to fix. This year most of my time will be spent on Blue Books and book projects rather than screenplays, but there are still a couple on the list. You probably have a job taking up most of your time, so you'll want to break up your new specs and write a certain amount every month. Have a specific goal, though - maybe Act 1 in one month, the first half of Act 2 in another two months, etc. That's what I used to do when I worked at the warehouse - I figured out much time I could realistically devote to writing, then I came up with an "easy" amount of writing I could accomplish within that time, and then I figured out how many months it would take me to reach Fade Out and "scheduled the script" on my big To Do List. I wrote 3 new specs a year during those years, because I had a plan and did my best to stick to it (though, sometimes I spent those great union 3 day weekends catching up). My goal back then was one good page a day, but actually 10 good pages a week - so I worked a little longer on my days off. That added up to a new first draft every 3 months, and then I'd spend the next month rewriting the previous script... and end up with 3 scripts a year in pretty good shape. My plan was to spend 1 hour per page - a goal that was easy some days and close to impossible others. But a page in an hour is *reasonable* for me. Figure out what is reasonable for you.

Making A Good Script Great

On my Big To Do List for 2019, the months when I am not working on a screenplay I am doing something else that is writing related, like expanding those Blue Books from 40 pages to 200 pages. Except for July, which is a vacation *and* writing some short stories. Actually, this month (once the LO/NO Book left over from last year is finished) I plan on finishing the next Mitch Robertson story which has not been crossed off the Big To Do List for a couple of years now! The reason why I alternate screenplays with other types of writing is to give myself a break and allow my subconscious to work on the next script while I'm writing up blog entries or something. Many scribbled scene and dialogue ideas happen while I'm working on something else.

So, make up your Big To Do List for 2018. Make sure your To Do List is *possible* - this isn't a fantasy list. Sometimes I find that listing the *steps* to completing a project is helpful - that way I feel like I'm completing more. I can cross off "Outline new spec" and "Treatment for new spec" and "Act one of new spec" and get some momentum going. Nothing makes me feel better than crossing something off my Big To Do List! Step-by-step I'm getting closer to finishing that new spec!


When I flip over that plastic sleeve inside my laptop there is another list on the back. This is my favorite list, because I get to cross out something almost every day! I love crossing out things on my lists! I makes me feel like I am making progress, and I *am* making progress. The other list is my To Be Done List - and it's all of the steps that lead to finishing a spec script or making sure I get my new article for Final Draft's website finished on time. Decades ago, when I began making these lists, I drew a cartoon of an angry bee, and then surrounded him by the number 2 and the word "Dung" (um, this is the Dung that has to be done... and as Monty Python once asked: "What's brown and sounds like a bell?") and that has stuck to this day. Something about that angry bee cartoon makes me want to cross something off to make him happy.

The small list contains both small things that need to be done ("e-mail Raindance Film Festival", "notes on novel adaptation typed up") and larger projects that are broken up into steps so that I can cross stuff off and keep the angry bee happy. On the current list I have all of the new chapters for the Blue Books listed and I cross each one out after I finish writing it. I also have "10 New Script Tips For 2018" with ten little boxes to X out when I finish a new tip... none are Xed out right now! I hope to get those done in whatever spare time I may have!

Also on the To Bee Dung List are spare time projects which tend to carry over from list to list - but without them on the list as a reminder they'd never get done. Currently I have a section for Bite Sized Pieces Projects, where I plan to get a little bit done every week and they will add up to getting a lot done. So on the 2018 list I have things like The THRILLER Thursday blog entries (I want to finish Season 2) and doing 1/4 of a Hitchcock film for the last Hitchcock Book every week (I have 10 more to go, so that should get those into rough draft form by the end of the year) and also 1/4 of a movie entry for the next Story In Action books - again, a rough draft chapter every month. What I've learned is that when you cut anything into Bite Sized Pieces and only need to get a little bit done every day (a page a day, etc) you can get work done even if you have a day job and a family and a life to live. You can cross out that page or that 1/4 of a movie or that blog entry every week... and there are 52 of those weeks in a year!

Because my Big To Do List is set up for me to write 5 pages a day when I'm working on a screenplay, the little list usually has four tasks - one for each week I work on the script - and each task has a little box for each day's 5 pages. When I finish my 5 pages, I get to X off the box! When I finish the week, I get to cross out that whole line! I am *making progress*! You can break up your script into pages or scenes or acts or whatever makes sense to you - and then cross off each part you complete. The problem when you are writing something long, like a screenplay or novel, is that the end may seem so far away you just can't see it on most days. It may feel like you are doing a lot of writing but not making any progress. That's why I like to break it up into "bite sized pieces" - I can accomplish something, and even if the end is still a long ways away, I know that I am one step closer. That step has been taken, I can cross it out... and try to keep the angry bee happy.

I come up with a new To Be Done List at the beginning of every month, and it usually has things left over from the previous month. Though you never want to make a list that seems overwhelming, you do want to aim for the stars so that you can maybe hit the moon. You want to make sure that you have to *work* to complete your list. If you can easily cross off all of the tasks within a month, you may slack off... and cross off nothing. You want a list with enough items that you have to keep working. One of the reasons for the lists is to create some "work momentum" - when you wrote yesterday, it is easier to write today... all of those characters and ideas are still bouncing around in your brain. If you go several days without writing, you may not remember what the heck you were doing or who these characters were or what the heck they wanted. You have to get back into the script before you can write... and that's wasted time. One of those old pieces of writing advice that is completely true is to write every day. I take Sundays off, and if you want to take a couple of scheduled days off every week, that's okay. But set aside a regular time period on the other days and write. Don't do anything else. If your house is burning down, finish your pages before you outrun the fireball! Focus on WRITING during your scheduled writing time. I like to have enough things on my To Be Done List that if I do manage to finish my pages for the day with time to spare, I can knock off some small task from the list in whatever time I have left. That may just be sending some e-mails or doing some quick Google research... but it's something else I can cross off the list to keep that angry bee happy.

Your list may not have a cartoon angry bee, but paste a picture on it or do something that makes that list "fun". I spent a year laying carpet - heavy manual work that probably ruined my knees for life - and taped to the back doors of the truck were a bunch of pictures of attractive women and vacation spots the crew leader put there to remind him of why he was doing this back-breaking work. Every time we opened the truck doors to pull out those heavy rolls of carpet, there were the gals and the dream vacations. Writing is work, and you want to find some way to keep it fun. Whether that is some fantasy goal or some silly cartoon of a writer that makes you laugh - putting something like that on you dreaded To Do List will probably make it easier to look at on those days when you don't want to do anything at all. Find the ways to make writing fun and you will keep writng.


When you finish your pages for the day, reward yourself. A *dog* gets a treat for "sitting pretty", so why shouldn't you get a reward for doing the difficult work of actually writing something. Instead of creating penalties for my failure, I've created rewards for my success. If I get my 5 pages done, I treat myself to a movie, rent a video, or go out for ice cream with friends. If I end my week with 30 pages, I'll do something special on Sunday: Go to the beach, take a special bike ride, or take friends out to brunch. I wrap up the week with something fun that I don't do every weekend. Being your own boss means no one is there to tell you what a great job you've done... so you have to pat yourself on the back sometimes. You have to give yourself a dog treat for doing a great job.

But rewarding yourself for success only works if you do not reward yourself for failure. I have a friend who will get nothing done... and feel bad about it... and go to a movie to feel better. He actually rewards his failure and does not reward his success! That's a good way to turn you into a bad dog. Though you should not punish yourself for failure, you probably shouldn't go out of your way to reward yourself. That's like screwing up on the "lose 30 pounds" resolution by eating something not on your diet... then getting angry at yourself for going off your diet and eating a half gallon of ice cream to feel better. Yes, as humans we do things like that... but you are not going to lose those 30 pounds if that's your pattern! If you don't get your pages written for the day, no ice cream for you!

Pick some rewards for completing the tasks on your list and *reserve them as rewards*. You want these things to be motivations for you to work, not something you are going to do every day whether you work or not. Okay, some of you have seen the problem with using ice cream as a reward - if you succeed at screenwriting you probably fail at losing those 30 pounds. Well, no plan is perfect.

This year I have a whole bunch of great things on my Big To Do List for 2019. Some of those thing probably won't get done this year, but many of them will... so I probably will *not* be losing those 30 pounds.

This is a good time for you to set your goals for the year. So, what's your plan, man?


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The Perfect Ending For Your Story!

The First Ten Pages Of Your Screenplay Are Critical,
But What About The Last 10 Pages?

Creating the perfect ending to your story! This 100,000 word book shows you how to end your story with a bang, rather than a whimper. Everything from Resolution Order to Act Three Tools to Happy or Sad Endings? to How The Beginning Of Your Story Has Clues To The Ending (in case you were having trouble figuring out how the story should end) to Falling Action to How To Avoid Bad Endings to Writing The Perfect Twist Ending to Setting Up Sequels & Series to Emotional Resolutions to How To Write Post Credit Sequences to Avoiding Deus Ex Machinas, to 20 Different Types Of Ends (and how to write them) and much more! Everything about endings for your screenplay or novel!

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Distilling Your Screenplay!

Loglines, Treatments, Pitching, Look Books, Pitch Decks, One Pagers, Rip-O-Matics?

You have written a brilliant 110 page screenplay, but how do you get anyone to read it? You need to distill it down into some form of verbal moonshine or story rocket fuel that will ignite that bored development executive or manager or agent and get them to request your screenplay. But how do you shrink those 110 pages into a 25 word logline or a 2 minute elevator pitch or a one page synopsis or a short paragraph? This 100,000 word book shows you how! Everything you need to know! From common logline mistakes (and how to solve them) to how your pitch can reveal story problems to the 4 types of pitches!

272 Pages - ONLY $4.99!



*** BREAKING IN BLUE BOOK *** - For Kindle!

Should really be called the BUSINESS BLUE BOOK because it covers almost everything you will need to know for your screenwriting career: from thinking like a producer and learning to speak their language, to query letters and finding a manager or agent, to making connections (at home and in Hollywood) and networking, to the different kinds of meetings you are will have at Studios, to the difference between a producer and a studio, to landing an assignment at that meeting and what is required of you when you are working under contract, to contracts and options and lawyers and... when to run from a deal! Information you can use *now* to move your career forward! It's all here in the Biggest Blue Book yet!

Print version was 48 pages, Kindle version is over 400 pages!

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bluebook E BOOKS: New Blue Books and Novelettes!
I am expanding all of the Blue Books from around 44 pages of text to around 200 pages! Some are over 250 pages! See what is availabale and what is coming soon!Also, I've been writing Novelletes and there will soon be novels.

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Cult Films, Exploitation, Bikers & Women In Prison, Monster Movies.

Producing my own scripts, investment possibilities, pipe dreams.


Naked Class The NAKED SCREENWRITING CLASS ON CD! The 2001 London Class on 8 CDs! Recorded *live* the morning after the Raindance Film Festival wrapped. The two day class on 8CDs, plus a workbook, plus a bonus CD with PDFs.
The 2 Day Class on CD!


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Each Blue Book is 48 pages and focuses on a different aspect of screenwriting. Dialogue. Visual Storytelling. Your First Ten Pages. Act 2 Booster. Protagonists. Great Endings.
Seventeen Blue Books now available!

THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING The Best Nuts & Bolts Screenwriting Book On The Market!


My nineteen produced films, interviews with me in magazines, several sample scripts, my available scripts list... And MORE!
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