“A scene pulled out of a story I do not know much about yet.” That’s what I wrote. And how many times have I not done just that? I have a scene in my head and write it down. Then I start to build a story around this scene. So far, that method has never resulted in a finished script for me.
The urge to write down the scene is strong. It’s like it is blocking everything else and need to get out. So, I write it and that I think I should. These scenes are in general very strong and could be useful.
But I should not continue from there. A movie script needs structure. I must get the story and its structure in place first. I can’t just dive in and write even if I’m never so eager to do so.
It feels great for a while but it never lasts. Sooner or later I always get problems. And that is likely to kill the spirit and what might have been a great story and the best of movie scripts if given time instead of hurry.
Writing ideas and scenes on the run are good. But when I start to write as if it where a movie script, I try to put structure and brain to something that cannot carry that burden yet.
Instead I should pin up a Blake Snyder Beat Sheet on the wall (or glue it in my notebook) and start thinking.