Plot Development and Outlining Plotting a story is easier with a plot development chart that outlines both character development and action description. By taking the time to connect with your desire to write a screenplay, you are in fact taking the first vital steps to not writing one.
Both of these activities are engaging and quite creative in their own right, but neither one of them requires that you engage in the difficult task of actually writing anything.
All you need is an active imagination and a burning desire for all of the back-end pay-off of writing a screenplay without the necessary drive to do the front-end hard part. Keeping a journal can also just be a great way to not write the thing you really should be writing.
So fire up the Firefox and get on with not getting on with it. A character bio will give you the basics, but to help you plotting and writing suspense fiction, you need to know the character wounds that lay deep inside their psyche.
Write a plot that keeps your readers on the edge of their seat.
In a novel you will have to spend three pages describing this sigh in minute detail followed by another three letting the reader know that the sigh was really just metaphor for the fall of civilization.
Check out the website or subscribe to the WD print magazine today. Read a book about writing screenplays By reading a book about writing screenplays you are both reaffirming your burning desire to write one while avoiding the process of actually doing anything about it.
Feel good about that. Be very careful when reading any book offering advice on the subject of writing however, because there is always a chance that you may end up taking some of it. Both activities are surprisingly time consuming and can be practiced in combination with many of the methods already listed above.