So, you know I'm dabbling in screenwriting. Have been for most of my life. Just dabbling. Always interested. Never fully dove in. A few unfinished pieces. One finished piece that needs lots of work. Makes sense, given how I am. A screenplay can take years to write. For some, it takes months. I'm easily distracted. So in my case, it's years-to-never.
I've been reading some great blogs on the art of screenwriting, developing, the industry, etc. Some are written by aspiring writers. Some are written by accomplished writers. All are valuable.
The Screenwriting Life by Warren Leonard is one I particularly like. He seems genuinely supportive of newbies like me. In a recent entry he gave his personal version of step-by-step screenwriting tips. What is needed and what is not.
I'm thrilled to find that, of the three main books he suggests, I have all three in my personal library. So what's stopping me? Nothing, except for the fear of finding out after a year of writing that my idea sucks.
Luckily I found entries about how to avoid such tragedy. Basically, have a kick ass idea. Okay then. Back to the drawing board.