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Let's Write a Screenplay in 2024!
Weekly Challenges to Help You Write Your Script

Let's Write a Screenplay in 2024! Weekly Challenges to Complete Your Script

Here we are, week 1 of 52 in this new year. What will you do with your time this year? If you answered “write a screenplay,” we’re thrilled! And we’ve got a special series to help you accomplish this goal. Starting this week, we’re going to walk you through writing a screenplay, step by step, using SoCreate. With a bit of work each week, you’ll have a finished script by the end of 2024, and possibly sooner. Sounds great, right? And what’s better? We’re all going to cheer each other on and help over in the SoCreate Screenwriting Facebook Group. Join it now. Continue reading
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  • Courtney Meznarich

Write a Flashback in a Traditional Screenplay

Going Back in Time: How to Write a Flashback in a Traditional Screenplay

When I hear the term “flashback” my mind immediately goes to “Wayne’s World,” where Wayne and Garth wiggle their fingers and go, “diddle-iddle-um, diddle-iddle-um” and we dissolve into the past. If only all flashbacks could be that easy and fun! If you’ve been wondering about how to write flashbacks in a traditional screenplay, both in terms of format, and how to introduce them, then here are some tips I’ve come across that might help! Flashbacks should only be employed when there’s no other way to move us forward in the script without revealing or telling us something important... Continue reading
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  • Victoria Lucia

2 Ways to Write a Montage in a Traditional Screenplay

2 Ways to Write a Montage in a Traditional Screenplay

Montages. We all know a montage when we see it in a film, but what exactly is going on there? What does montage screenplay format look like? What if my montage is happening in more than one location in my script? Here are some tips on how to write a montage in a script that have helped me in my writing. A montage is a collection of short scenes or brief moments that are lumped together to quickly show a passage of time. There’s usually no, or very little dialogue in a montage. A montage can be used to condense time and tell us a big part of a story in a brief time frame. A montage can also ... Continue reading
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  • Victoria Lucia

Breaking Down 3 Act and 5 Act Structures in a Traditional Screenplay

Breaking Down 3 Act and 5 Act Structures in a Traditional Screenplay

So you have a story, and you love it! You’ve got characters that are just like real people, you know all the beats and plot points inside and out, and you’ve got a distinct mood and tone in mind. Now how do you structure the dang thing? Well, sometimes I find myself wondering that too! How many acts should my script be? What are the merits of using one structure versus another? Here are some things I consider when I want to decide between a three-act versus a five-act structure for a screenplay. What a 3 act structure looks like: Act 1: The setup, we get introduced to what’s going on, the inciting... Continue reading
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  • Victoria Lucia

New York Times Bestseller Jonathan Maberry Tells You How to Write the Perfect First Page

Sometimes the thought of writing something terrible prevents me from writing anything at all. But the feeling doesn’t last, A) because I’ve trained myself to break through that barrier, and B) because I don’t get paid if I don’t write! The latter is very motivating, but not something that most screenwriters can rely on regularly. No, your inspiration must come from yourself. So, what do you do when you can’t seem to get past your screenplay’s title page? New York Times Bestseller Jonathan Maberry has some advice for how to start a screenplay and write the perfect first page, and it begins with ... Continue reading
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  • Courtney Meznarich

Write Scene Description

How to Write Scene Description

How do you introduce a scene in a screenplay? Ideally, I want to write a scene description that is engaging, clear, and conjures visuals from the page. I want the reader to breeze through my script, and have the scene descriptions subtly work to pique their interest, bringing them deeper and deeper into the world of my story. These are the qualities I want my scene descriptions to have, but alas, I am a wordy gal. I am, can’t help it. My first drafts are often plagued with long descriptions, and my scene descriptions are no exception. Here are a few tips I use to help get my scene descriptions more in line with what ... Continue reading
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  • Victoria Lucia
An example of how to write a phone call in a screenplay in SoCreate

How to Write a Phone Conversation in a Screenplay

When is a phone call not just a phone call? When you have to show it, not tell it. How do you write a phone call in a screenplay? There are at least three different scenarios to consider when you want to insert a telephone conversation in your screenplay. We asked Screenwriter Doug Richardson (“Bad Boys,” “Hostage,” “Die Hard 2”) how he approaches telephone conversations in his screenplays, and he said screenwriters should consider these phone call situations: Are we seeing and hearing only one character? Are we seeing only one character, but hearing at least two? Are we seeing and hearing both characters? ... Continue reading
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How to View Your SoCreate Stories

All stories created in SoCreate can be viewed from your SoCreate Dashboard, which is separated into four tabs to keep your stories organized. To view and access your SoCreate stories:1. Navigate to your Dashboard at Dashboard.SoCreate.it. 2. From the Dashboard, you’ll see four tabs. 3. Your “In Development” tab will include all stories that are works in progress. 4.Your “Completed” tab will include all stories that you’ve set to “Complete” from your Story Settings. 5. Your “Collaborating On” tab will include all stories to which you’ve been invited to collaborate on by other SoCreate members ... Continue reading
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How to Invite a Collaborator to Your SoCreate Story

All stories created in SoCreate can be viewed from your SoCreate Dashboard, which is separated into four tabs to keep your stories organized. Collaborate with other writers in real-time using SoCreate’s Collaboration feature! To invite someone to collaborate with you on your SoCreate story: 1. Click the Collaborators icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. 2. A unique link will appear. Copy this link, then paste the link in an email or text message to whomever you wish to collaborate with and send it. Remember, any collaborators you invite must also have a professional SoCreate membership to ... Continue reading
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  • Courtney Meznarich

How to Write a Script Without Dialogue

From shorts to features, there are entire films made today that have little to no dialogue. And the screenplays for these films are often the perfect example of what a screenplay should be, a demonstration of showing and not telling, using only visual storytelling techniques. We asked Screenwriter Doug Richardson (“Bad Boys,” “Die Hard 2,” “Hostage”) what he believes are the keys to success for storytelling without dialogue. “Oh, that’s very simple,” he told us. “How to write a screenplay with little or no dialogue, and how to keep the reader engaged? It’s a very simple thing. Tell a story that makes the reader ... Continue reading
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