Write On, Dear Writer
You spend a great amount of time on the first draft of your script. If you’re in a workshop, you probably begin with a treatment and a step-outline. Or maybe you’re writing a spec script on your own, you skip a few steps of structuring since you’re not submitting it to a class or workshop, and you find your way through your own story by following your characters. Then low and behold you complete a first draft.
Odds are you’ve been told the only way to break into The Business is to move to LA. Noushin Jahanian heard that too, but decided to break all the rules and forge her own path. As a full time DC lobbyist and mother of two children under 7, Noushin ignored the traditional advice and started writing.
Character can be the way into a script. Many writers begin the screenwriting process by finding a character that fascinates them. They are intrigued by the character’s occupation, or history or personality. They might become intrigued by an element of quirkiness. But these elements are only surface elements of character.