UNITED STATES—As part of college education, research paper writing is one of the teaching methods that are used in stretching thinking capacity of students and gauge their level of understanding concepts.
Incoherent arguments lead to miscommunication, and in an educational set up, it may affect your score, as you will not be understood well. For these reasons, if you are interested in becoming a screenwriter someday, you should at least have some basic writing skills as without them you will not be able to write scripts.
If it is a college requirement and you feel like you cannot do a thorough job on your project, you better consult an online professional writing service by simply Googling, “write a research paper for me.” This way you will minimize your chances of failing the task.
Whereas you do not have to be a university graduate to write scripts, having a university degree is useful. No specific degree is required as even those with a general education can do it. It all depends on one’s passion.
Below we have gathered some general tips that can help those who want to improve writing skills:
(1) Consider the targeted audience
Before you get down to writing, consider the nature of the readers you expect to read your work and what they expect from it. Put yourself in their shoes or try reading it from their perspective and see if you would be interested in reading such kind of work.
To achieve your objective, use simple language that is easy to understand and avoid ambiguous words.
These simple rules can help you to achieve your goal:
- (a) Avoid use of long sentences and break your work into paragraphs.
- (b) Avoid use of vocabularies that are hard to decipher whereas you could have used simpler terms.
- (c) Use ‘signposts’ to guide readers on what to expect. These are signposts include a table of contents, abstract, introductory paragraphs, headings and sub-headings.
- (d) Unpunctuated work is hard to read and comprehend hence the need to punctuate it.
- (e) Every piece of work must have a thesis which must be placed somewhere in the introductory part.
(2) Regular writing boosts confidence
The more you write, the more confident you become. Ordinarily, a fresh college student will struggle to write a project, but as they tackle more projects in the following years, their confidence level rises, so crafting projects becomes easier and takes less time and effort.
By regularly doing this, you develop your writing skills and learn to question why things are the way they are and why certain conclusions are being made. You also become better and more creative in giving reasons and backing them up with evidence.
(3)Start your project by preparing a draft
You should not be in a hurry to complete your project, and that is why it is important to manage your time well to avoid last minute rush. In the initial stages, do not mind much about the errors as you can rectify these later.
Even as you write, you should stay in touch with your tutors so that you can ask for guidance where you encounter difficulties.
After you are done crafting your research paper, you should:
- Edit all typos and other syntax errors.
- Read it aloud to hear its flow.
- Add signposts and other useful links.
- Proofread it well and ask someone else to read it and give their opinion because feedback is crucial.
- Based on given feedback, revise your work accordingly.
Must-Have Skills for Screenwriting
Besides excellent writing skills, you should also be able to do the following:
(a) Understand the tastes of clients.
(b) Turn a simple idea into a full screenplay
(c) Be aware of the current and expected future film trends.
(d) If working for an organization, understand its objectives.
(e) Be able to identify talents and nurture them.
(f) Communicate effectively.
(g) Notice problems in a story and rectify them.
(h) Be familiar with different story development terminologies such as loglines, synopsis, beat outlines, etc.
(i) Be skilled enough to use different writing techniques to add spice to the story such as dramatic tension, suspense, comic irony, mystery etc.
Some jobs in this industry include:
(a) Development executive – skills required to become one include an ability to understand and develop story structures, genres, set the tone and create emotional impacts.
They also oversee screenwriting processes, develop script notes, look for the required resources, produce films and ensure their distribution.
(b) Development producer – responsibilities include seeking or developing new drama ideas as well as tapping on new and existing talents.
(c) Development editor – tasked with assisting development producer in sourcing new ideas as well as bringing key film agents on board.
(d) Development assistant – if you want to join this industry, this is the recommended entry level, and your roles will include reading scripts, blogs, novels as well taking and recording briefs during trial screenplays.
(e) Script editors – these are university graduates with good analytical skills and should at least have done Arista course which involves editing scripts. Besides, they must be familiar with involved theories.