Have you ever wanted to write a screenplay? Here is a secret to writing one, from Robert Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without a Crew:
“…if you really want to write [a screenplay], the best way is find an idea that excites you, no matter how small (mine was simply the guy with the guitar case full of guns). All you have to do is use that excitement to sit down and start banging it out and not stop until you’re done”
So there you have it. Straight from the horses mouth. (If you’ve seen his very first film, El Mariachi, you know what guitar case full of guns he’s talking about.)
The thing that stops most would-be writers is not lack of education or ideas or opportunity, it’s that they simply don’t start writing.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
So it helps to take a large task, like writing a screenplay, and break it down into simple steps. And then start on the first step.
The first step to writing a screenplay is to put your ass in your chair. And that’s really the most important step. No joke. That’s because it’s the one that everyone fails to do.
Sit down, and start writing. That’s really the only secret to writing a screenplay. You’ll figure everything from there.