Hello lovely! You’ve definitely come to the right place. Any form of writing is a great place to start for screenwriting because first and foremost you're telling a story, so once you've got a feel for story telling you can start on learning the screenwriting format.
The BBC Writersroom is a fantastic starting point for getting your head around a screenplay. You can also check out The Script Lab for advice on things like Visual Storytelling and Top Ten Screenplay Essentials
The BBC Writersroom will take you through step by step, which is awesome if you’re looking to break into the screenwriting world.
If you’re looking specifically for screenwriting formats, I’d recommend the following sites:
Writersroom - Formatting your Script (this also includes lots of script examples, with a standard FILM SCRIPT, TELEVISION SCRIPT, RADIO SCRIPT, AND STAGE SCRIPT depending on the platform you’re writing for.)
SimplyScripts - This is a good website because it’s very indepth and specific about how exactly you should set out your screenplay, i.e what fonts to use and where your margins should be.
I have about 15 books on screenwriting but not all of them are useful (and to be honest, I haven’t even read them all yet). There are two books however that I dip into constantly for advice, although they are both very different from each other.
The first book is Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field and can be found on eBay new for around £9 (or around $18 in America) this book takes you right from the definition of a screenplay to what you should be doing when you finish. It covers plot, character, setting, formatting, adaptions, sequences, transitions, the lot. In fact, anything by this guy is worth your money.
The second book is Screenwriting by Tim Grierson. This one is useful in other ways. This is a book of screenplays and screenwriters, each chapter is a new screenwriter, and the pages will take you through how they did what they did. It’s very visual, which for me makes it much easier to read. I venture back into this book when I’m looking for new films to watch. You can find it on Amazon for £13 with free delivery (It was £20 when I bought it) or around $20 in America
Ultimately, my last and most important piece of advice is to read other screenplays. List your 10 favourite movies and then read the screenplays to them all. Personally, my favourite ever screenplay is Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction because I love the dialogue from beginning to end. Keep reading screenplays and then you’ll know for sure whether this is definitely want you want to do; if you read a screenplay and cannot picture the movie happening in your head, then maybe you need to consider other areas of writing. Otherwise, good luck! And let me know how you get on. I really hope this blog will be useful to you!
You don’t want to explain to the audience, because that makes them observers. You want to reveal to them little by little and that makes them participants because then they experience the story in the same way the characters experience it. - Bill Wittliff
You have to push yourself through your feelings of doubt. Push yourself through the ambiguities of your plot. Push yourself through the hard work of pounding out pages. Rather than quitting, take the opposite approach: Go deeper into your story. To paraphrase The X-Files, the truth is in there! If you go through the process, you will find your way out.
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