On Structure and Beat Sheets

It took me about a week to work out the beat sheet for “Whisper” to the point that I was happy with the story line that had developed, and another two weeks to write out the 40 scenes that will make up the screenplay.Tom-Gowen-STC-onesheetBy using the scene cards and the beat sheet, I was able to write the first 15 pages of the script in an hour.

This is quite a dramatic change for me and I like it. Instead of letting the story and characters develop as I write the first draft, I have a plan in place. I like it. I believe that my stories will have better structure, more conflict, and less meandering in the story line, because of it.