Is your script your thinker? Perhaps Michelangelo's David? Or what about Mount Rushmore?
I'm not going to lie, I love a good metaphor when it comes to scripting lessons. Sometimes writing an exercise can be so abstract that you have to phrase it differently to say what to do in your design. This is where sculpture comes in.
Sculpture is an ancient art form where you take a material like clay or stone and shape it into the shape you want. You have to shave parts with sharp tools and add other parts along the way.
But I am sure that you are knowledgeable about sculpture. How is that related to script writing?
Check out this video from Tyler Mowery and let's talk after the jump.
How to write like a sculptor
I like to think about scriptwriting like sculpting. You start with an idea that is really your marble block. Then when you write scenes you lose the meaning of the story. From draft to draft, you do the finer details and finally polish what lies in front of you.
But that might oversimplify it so let's rate like Mowery in the video.
When you write, the first script you do won't be your masterpiece. I mean, maybe it will be, but if we can take a lesson from artists, most people just create and create until things come up again.
When you look at a sculptor, don't think the first thing you do is going to be your magnum opus.
They know that all you need to do is hone your art, learn how to use different mediums like stone versus wood versus clay, and hone your craft until you have the skills necessary to create something that you become a professional power.
It's time we looked at writing the same way we look at other art forms. You have to do a lot to create something worth recognizing. That means working on different specifications and pilots and even competing in many competitions.
It means reading lots of scripts, getting familiar with the idea of beats and understanding the strategies that can inspire you and keep pages updated.
So stop putting immense pressure on yourself to become a pro from the start. Instead, take the time to become even more appropriate. Then work on getting better with each step. Your career is your marble block.
Your desire to get better is awesome and all you learn is the chisel.
Make every beat count and you can build on something big.
It could take years, but it will be worth it.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
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