The thought process is that every waiter and bartender in Los Angeles has a script they have written and are all waiting for their big break. There are also people all over the United States and across the world who have tried their hand at writing the next big movie script as well, yet few of these aspiring screenwriters become anything more than just an aspiring writer.
The art of writing a screenplay is not an easy task and there are many pitfalls facing anyone setting out to achieve that dream. All you have to do is look at the shelf at the local book store to see dozens of books authors have written about screenwriting with lists of rules and techniques that often differ widely from what the author in the book right next to it preaches.
Screenwriting is not an exact science, but is instead a technique that can be practiced and mastered as a screenwriter sits down and starts work on script after script after script until they finally write their individual masterpiece. That doesn’t mean it will ever get made into a movie but the one thing to understand in screenwriting for beginners is that you should write for yourself first and let the chips fall where they may.
The truth of the matter is that coming up with an idea is easy, but writing a screenplay that captures your imagination is much more difficult and eventually finding someone who loves it as much as you and is willing to put up money to make it a movie is the endgame that few screenwriters ever reach. If you still believe you want to take a chance on becoming a successful screenwriter, select one of the articles below and get started on your journey.