Creating A Screenplay Concept
Every great screenplay begins with a story concept. For writers, it can often be a daunting task to create this concept. There's nothing more difficult than inventing conflict, characters, and action, and molding them into a
beginning, middle, and end.
There is a working methodology you can use to find a story idea and shape it into a compelling plot. This methodology consists of three steps.
Read newspapers, magazines, and Internet news articles about
everyday people who have survived traumatic
Step: 2. Choose a news article about an event that is similar to
experiences from your own life. Search the article for instances in
which two survivors of a traumatic event struggled with each
other over a person, place, or thing. One of these people will be
the protagonist (hero) in your script. The other person will be
the antagonist (villain).
Step: 3. It may take a few days or even weeks to find a news article
describing a traumatic event with two people who fit the roles of
hero and villain. Research takes time and patience.
The next and final step of creating your story concept is to
structure the real-life event you've read about into a beginning, middle, and end.