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Writing a script is not easy, but it can be a very worthwhile experience and in some ways it can suit certain people better than trying to churn out a novel.   There’s no doubt thought that just getting to the end of your first script can be quite a challenge.  There are however certain steps that most script wirters follow that make the process a little easier.

Of course to start off with you need an idea, but it needs a little more than that – you need a dramatic idea.  A story, a world and some central dramatic action – a script has to be performed on screen or stage.  Without some sort of action the script is going to be rather dull.

Creating a believable world for your drama to take place in is essential.  You don’t need to go into too much detail and in many cases it is the writer who needs to be more aware of the details not the audience.  Of course the type of world you create will depend on the genre that you are aiming for.  Thrillers or romantic comedies need very different backdrops however try not to get sucked into cliches. Bringing a new and fresh persepctive to a genre can create a very invigorating drama for  the audience.

Try to think what sort of emotional response you are after.  This is a very important step as it will also help you define your characters, don’t let your main actors drift along.  Deciding on whether you want to make your audience laugh, cry or simply think is core to expanding your ideas into a full blown script.

Many authors use mind maps to help them through the steps of creating a script – it can help if you are new to the skill.  On the BBC web site they have a writers section called the Writers Room, it is a very useful resource.  You’ll find a step by step guide to creating your first script and also some examples of real scripts which have been broadcast on  the BBC.  Perhaps my favorite is the new scripts which are published just after broadcast.  The beauty of this is that you can download the script and then watch it being performed on the BBC Iplayer.   Unfortunately for non-UK residents you might find this blocked but I have found a site which shows you how to bypass this – just check this site out – which has a video showing you how.  It’s basically just a way of hiding your real location and IP address to make it look like you’re in the United Kingdom – don’t worry it’s nothing illegal and well worth it.