Fiction films have gained immense popularity over the last couple of years and now it seems that every new writer on the block wants to sell a fiction story to film makers. There’s a huge demand for fiction scripts in the market but, not many writers can churn out a good fiction story. Here are some tips to help you put together a fiction story:
· Carry a notepad to settle all those ideas that come at odd hours. Review old fiction movies frequently to get fresh ideas. This might sound a bit odd, but the old movies had much more “story” in them because they were low on technology and special effects.
· Adapt ‘Darwinian’ ideas on natural selection. Give your protagonist the worst possible fate, but give him strength so he emerges the fittest and survives hell or high water.
· Do not run your computer as soon as you have a fantastic first scene, or a grand last scene. These are the easiest. What about the middle? It’s a good idea to stat from the end of the story and work your way to the beginning. That way all pieces of the puzzle would fall in place.
· Make a melodica (outline) and then detail the whole story. If the story is well detailed, you won’t get lost in the middle. It’s tough, but if you develop the habit of taking a detailed approach, your mind would learn to think better gradually.
· Create high contrast characters. High contrast would give you more creative space and you can also change the entire story by making subtle changes here and there.
· Once you start writing, do not stop. Maintaining pace is very important because you don’t want your mind to get clouded with fresh ideas every now and then after freezing on a basic storyline. You should go ahead without fear or hesitation because you don’t have to show it to anyone and have all the time in the world o plug loopholes.
· Don’t go for fancy words. Stick to simple and easy to understand language. You don’t want a literary masterpiece – you want a fiction movie story!
· Always have in mind what the spectators know and do not know at the time of the story, what they expect and what they don’t. Play around with their expectations. Find out different ways of furnishing information.
· Put in tons of “conflict and surprise” elements. But, make sure you don’t go overboard. Remember that every fiction film needs to have a solid (not cloudy) ending and you don’t have a whole day to tell your story. Make it short, to the point, full of surprises and imaginative.