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Write a Worthy Script

By Richard Walter

Our reader, Jimmy Pearson of Minneapolis, MN asks:

I've got 3 scripts under my belt. How can I get someone to read my work?

Professor Richard Walter, longtime Screenwriting Chairman of the
legendary UCLA Film School, answers:

Writers never stop asking me how they can get read by agents, managers and producers. My response is always the same. You "merely" need to have something WORTHY of an Industry Insider's time and attention. They aren't inaccessible. Writers want to continue to think they are, though. That's how they can blame Hollywood, rather than their own work, for why they're not getting read. Writers must take the time, and the proper care, to write a script that stands out.

So number one biggest mistake: Writers show their work much too early - before it's ready.

The 2nd biggest mistake a writer makes is they write way too much. The scenes run too long. The dialogue runs too long. And the page count is too high. Today's scripts are short, just over one hundred pages. Cut your scenes and scripts down, until each scene moves the story forward, and further expands character.

Getting read is easy. Writing a worthy property is not.

Meet the Author: Richard Walter

Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, and longtime chairman of UCLA’s legendary graduate program in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest book, Essentials of Screenwriting, is available July 2010. His previous published works include the novels Escape from Film School and Barry and the Persuasions and screenwriting books The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood and Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.

He has written numerous feature assignments for the major stu...