As a screenwriter working on making it as a professional, that’s been the underlying message for every one of my scripts.
I strive to create stories so involving, compelling and entertaining that each one immediately sucks you in and grabs your attention to the point where you have no desire whatsoever to stop reading.
You need to find out what happens next.
This is what I want when I read somebody else’s script, and it’s definitely what I aim for when I write mine.
Throughout the entire process of putting a story together, from the first spark of an idea to finishing the so-many-I’ve-lost-count rewrite, it’s a goal we’re consistently seeking to reach.
Being as objective as possible, take a look at your latest draft. How does it make you feel? Do the pages zoom by, move at a snail’s pace or just kind of plod along?
Does reading it excite you? Make you want to keep going? Can you easily visualize what’s happening?
Do the characters seem so developed that you actually care about what happens to them?
Always be challenging yourself as a writer. “Is this the best it can be?” “How can this be better?” “Would I pay to see this?”
You want your script to be irresistible, so do what it takes and put in the effort to make it that way.
Anybody can tell a story, but only the truly dedicated are willing to devote the time to learn how to tell it in the most effective way possible.