Just a friendly reminder before I get into the post that StoryPros Screenplay Contest‘s final deadline is October31 with an entry fee of $50 for a regular submission.
Okay, so the last few days I’ve decided to skip the outline, skip the scene cards and just a do a free write. It was awesome. My script went to places I didn’t expect it to go and I got about 40 pages written without realizing it. I love a good outline, don’t get me wrong, and they are important to help keep your script together; but, sometimes having a free write session can help just as much as having super detailed scene cards.
The only downside to free writing is that sometimes it just trails off. The story can be great and then what? That’s it? This doesn’t always lead up to a spectacular ending as you haven’t planned how everything is going to tie together. That’s why it’s important to know where your script is headed but leave some of the details out and let them create themselves.
When I’m having problems coming up with good scenes I like to do a free write. I think my best free writes come from revisiting the logline. Take a look at a logline you have. Maybe you have some ideas for that script, maybe you just have the inkling of an idea. If you don’t feel like free writing in your script, do a free write treatment on your logline and see what happens. A free write is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and allow your story to go places the outline may not factor in. Have fun with it!