Welcome to Class Number 3! Brainstorming: Unit 3, Part 1
I love the term “brainstorming”. It perfectly describes the hurricane between your ears while you’re trying to break a story. Now, here’s what separates this site from the gurus and theorists. This is a site for writers by writers, so let’s get down to it.
Step 1: Sit down and take out a stack of unruled 3×5 index cards and a pen.
Step 2: Write down every element that you think should be in your movie. Write down every element that you think people who hear your idea will want to see in your movie. Write down whatever’s in your head. Dump it all. One idea per card. Don’t worry about order, rhyme or reason just yet. Just get them down.
Step 3: Find out where your heart is. What?! You heard me. It’s time to figure out why you want to write this movie. But, Rob, why so early? I was just having fun. First, figuring out what your movie is about is the most fun thing in the world. Second, if you don’t figure it out now, you’re just wasting time… and perfectly good 3×5 cards.
Now, how do we do that? Can we get away without it? Why do we have to do it so early? Let’s take those questions one at a time…