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3 Things Your Screenplay Must Have To Get Picked Up

3 Things Your Screenplay Must Have To Get Picked Up

It can be a struggle to get that script sold. Many screenwriters go in blindly not really knowing what their script needs in order to successfully sell it. In this post, I’ll go over the 3 things your screenplay needs in order to get picked up.

Remember this acronym; CCP. No, not Chinese Communist Party, you dolt. CCP stands for character, conflict and plot.

1. Character

Character is important because it’s who the movie is centered around. If you don’t have a good character, forget about it. People want a character they can identify with. A character that is flawed, but likable. Somebody that can get empathy and stir emotions within them. A common mistake is making a character too perfect to the point that they’re a mary sue. People can’t relate to such perfect human beings if you can even call them that since all humans are flawed.

2. Conflict

Conflict is what keeps the audience glued and engaged to the story. You must craft the conflict in your story so that the protagonist is always in the chase position. There’s something that he/she wants and the people that they interact with throw wrenches to keep them from getting it. There must also be a secondary conflict that exacerbates the main problem. By doing this, you’re able to add that hook that keeps the story going and doesn’t grow dull by the second act.

3. Plot

The amount of people that have a great idea but no plot for their story is astounding. Before writing a script, make sure you know what happens in each act of your script. It helps to at least know the climax of each act and how you plan on building up to that climax. Having an idea is less than half the battle so do your due diligence and map out the acts in your head. You’ll find that if you do this, you may not even need an outline as you’ll know what each scene is supposed to achieve.

Following these 3 things can help you get your script picked up.

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