I am not a writer! Never formally trained in the art of crafting a story or grabbing a reader (audience) and letting them journey to a place or thought or mood I want them to go.
I have an idea for a story. I feel it’s a good one. The problem is I know how I want my story to end. It is a vivid image that I have actually pre-visualized from final twist to end credits in my mind. I know the meaning I want the reader to explore. What I am having problems with is getting there and getting there in a format that will attract, engross, and satisfy a “gate keeper”.
I have been watching TV episodics more closely. I have become critical of easy and convenient exposition. I have read a few working scripts and screenplays to familiarize myself with the format and cues of dialog and scene.
What more should I do to get me from a critical viewer to a critical crafter?
I am possessed by the daemon of the blank page with ideas running frenzied in my head and nothing fish-boned or outlined. I need something more than sit down, shut up, and write!
"Sit down and write" probably would have been the start of my advice. There are amateur mistakes that every writer is going to make when they get started, so I'm a big believer in buckling down and getting them out of the way. No matter how much you prepare, odds are that the first draft of your first script will be ridden with mistakes.
If you've gotten to the point where you can critically study someone else's work and learn from it, you're probably ready to apply that to your own work. So crank out a first draft and then go to town on it.
What advice do all of you have for Wes?