- By Troy Taylor
- Published 06/3/2010
When you decide that you’re going to write screenplays, you have a few different things to think about. One of the best tips that you can learn is that you need to write what you know. Trying to write in genres or about topics that you have little to no experience with is not going to be successful. It’s always much better to write screenplays that are related to your areas of interest or subjects that you’re comfortable writing about. If you choose to write about a topic that you’re unfamiliar with, you’re not going to be nearly as successful as if you would write something that you know and can relate to others well.
Taking the time to write screenplays is going to be an arduous task, to say the least. Anyone can sit down and write what they consider a script, but you need real practice and education in the area of screenwriting if you’re going to be successful when you write screenplays. Scripts are different than story writing and other freelance writing, and you need to make sure that you understand all of the different issues that you will have to dea
l with when you are writing for films or TV. If you want to learn more about how to write screenplays and be successful, you should check out screenwriting books that are available. These books can teach you a lot about how to write a professional script, writing for TV and film, formatting, presentation, and other elements of the industry that you need to know. There are all kinds of books that can help you and you should take advantage of them in your process. After all, just two decades ago the secrets to Hollywood success were just that: secrets. Thanks to these books, anyone can write screenplays with a little talent and research.
You can write screenplays for TV or movies, and the choice is going to be up to you. If you like, you can write for both even. Just make sure that you choose a genre and subject matter that suits your interests so that you can have an easier time at writing something that is going to be saleable. If you can’t sell your scripts, you can’t be successful as a screenwriter. Therefore, you should make sure that you do everything that you can to write screenplays that will sell, no matter what it takes.