I'm pleased to introduce the first regular episode of the Bitter Script Reader YouTube series!
This is the first chapter of a 12-part series designed to guide and motivate a writer to complete a screenplay within three months. Recognizing that I had an opportunity to reach a new audience via YouTube, I decided to start with the basics.
This week's video covers the difference between idea, concept and story. You wouldn't believe how those simple distinctions seem to elude many new writers. You shouldn't start writing a script until you can say that what you're working on is a story.
As you can see, this is back-to-basics information, but hopefully some of you will take up the challenge of completing a screenplay alongside the weekly lessons in this series. I've done my best to minimize the jargon here. So later on we'll be talking things like Act Breaks and Climaxes, but I won't ask you to commit things like "Fun & Games" to memory.
I also won't pull the Writers Boot Camp stunt of introducing a lot of vocabulary that isn't common to the business. The good news is that since I'm not charging for any of this, I don't have to go to ridiculous lengths to make it seem like the basics of screenwriting can only be understood by unlocking a Sphinx-like riddle.
As always, it really helps me out to see some engagement with these videos, so please click through to the YouTube page, Subscribe and leave a few comments there. Feel free to embed these on your blogs, and if you find the tips useful, tweet about them or put the videos on your Facebook page.
I hope that in three months time, a lot of you will be reporting back with completed screenplays.
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