As you may already know, one of my favourite saying in writing is "Don't Get It Right, Get It Written."
This means that you shouldn't worry about the nitty-gritty of totally correct grammar, etc, but instead, if you want to write something, just get it written.
There is always time afterwards if you want to edit your work. But you can't edit a blank page.
Yesterday this saying was brought home to me by my husband Dean.
I was talking to him about the opportunity Amazon is giving script writers to upload their movie scripts and have them considered for commissioning.
Amazon seem to be in cahoots with Warner Brothers and are sending suitable scripts for optioning.
They are also looking for children's TV series and comedies, as well as movies in any genre. And it's free to submit your scripts and ideas.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I was debating about whether to do a script writing course at our local college, but it was a bit pricey and I don't really have a lot of free time at the moment. So I hummed and hawed for a few weeks and then decided not to do it.
And then I was looking at the Amazon Sudios site and thought how great it would be if I had a script or two to submit.
I mentioned it to Dean and he asked why don't I just write a script and send it.
I protested and said that I didn't know how to write a script.
He asked, what's to know?
I said that there were industry standards for setting out scripts and there are things that scripts contain that I don't quite understand.
He said if I had an idea I should just write it and if a movie company liked it they wouldn't care if the script was written absolutely correctly or not and that they probably have their own script writers who can polish anyone's work.
And I thought, damn it! He's right.
If you have an idea for a movie script (or anything else for that matter), don't wait till you can get it right, just get it written.
And if you have an idea for a movie script and simply want to pitch it, read my article that tells you exactly how and where to pitch an idea for a movie.
Get your screenplay on the track to success with the Fundamentals of Screenwriting online course at Screenwriters University.
This four-week class is the perfect introduction to the fantastic world of writing a script, from the fundamentals of the story down to the revision process. In this course, you will gain the tools to structure your scenes, your acts, and your plots.
At each step, you will receive comprehensive feedback on assignments targeted to develop the skills needs to thrive as a screenwriting.