Whether you’re writing a short story, a novel, a screenplay, or a short film script, the writing will go quicker if you have a plan. After compiling the ideas for a story, I break those ideas down into story beats. The images and ideas you have for a story will lend themselves to the beginning, the middle or the end.
Sometimes I will outline before I sit down to write. My earliest outlines would be drawings of boxes with the two characters in each scene. Each box would represent a scene. When I outline now I usually include what the characters are trying to accomplish. Continue Reading