Reading the trades is one of the most important but also forgotten aspects of becoming a professional screenwriter. If you don’t know the ins and outs of the industry you’re trying to be successful in, you’ll be lost when you get the chance to sit in a meeting with one of the top dogs in Hollywood. So, let's take a look at what the trades are and why they are important.
Sometimes we get lost in our stories, our wonderful imagination runs wild with characters ideas, individual scenes, and crazy plot twists leaving us with a perfect and beautiful world in our head that is so vast that we can’t get everything onto paper. But that's where TV Bibles come in. TV Bibles are documents used in the TV world to sell a series, but using the concept for features and pilots before outlining can make the writing process more efficient by forcing you to go deep into your story.
All stories start from somewhere and that somewhere is your inciting incident. Think of the inciting incident as the big bang of your story. It catapults your characters into the plot, introducing new characters, worlds, and conflict. Every story must have an effective inciting incident, so if you're wondering if yours is getting the job done, let's take a look at some inciting incidents of current stories that send their characters into a world full of conflict, drama, and change.
Whether on the page or on the screen, stories that fully envelope an audience all have a strong and compelling world that their characters live in. Whether it be location, time period, or industry, the believability of your world will make or break your story. Here are some tips to help you turn a narrative into an immersive experience.
Shannan E. Johnson, CEO