The Rules of Screenwriting
We have one golden rule in my house, 'Don't be a dick' (I break it often) Here are my top five writing rules that must never be broken.
1. ENJOY WHAT YOU DO
Writing is hours of sitting alone, living in a world of your own creating. You have to enjoy it because when you realise that you need a complete rewrite, you need to hold back the tears and write with the same enthusiasm as the first draft.
2. DON’T GET IT WRITE GET IT RITTEN
'Perfection is the enemy of completion'. Writing is all about rewriting, so just get something down. Stop trying to make it perfect, the first draft of your script is the worst draft that you will ever write, but it has to be done. Get the story out of your head and onto the page, and then mould it.
What a stupid rule, is it? Stop telling people you're a writer, reading about writing, posting about writing, reading rules about writing and not actually writing. Sometimes it's hard, you have a job, family, and Netflix, but you need to write, make time, and consistently write. Cooks cook, Plumbers plum, and Writers write.
"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable." - Seneca
I hear writers say, 'I don't plan'. Maybe it works for some, but if you can write without a plan, imagine what you could do with one. Planning allows you to focus on the moment, confident that you are still travelling in the right direction.
5. IT IS WHAT IT IS
Things will change. Feedback can be tough and make you kick yourself, but there is no point in getting frustrated, that's the game. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches and say 'It is what it is'.
6. NEVER BREAK THE RULES
Rules are made to be broken, you are a writer, not an accountant. Just make sure you break the correct ones.
6. INTERNET ADVICE
Just because advice is online doesn't make it correct.
What other rules do you think should be on here? Send them to me in the advice form below, and we can make another list (Just in case it is not obvious, they don't have to all be sensible)