Writing for Web Shows
Web series script writing is a new and quickly expanding field. Starting to write for the web-screen is a great approach to getting a longer, complex story told in segments; much like the serialized stories of eras passed. Think about the story as a whole piece and then look for the best way to segment your story and plot points into engaging installments. Financially it can be much easier to budget a season of your web show that make a whole feature film on an indie budget of gaffer's tape and Costco vegetable plates.
Take your concept for a novel that has been siting around gathering hopelessness and dust and play with it as a script. Think of local locations that would work for your story's locations and start from there. Spend time in the locations and begin to understand the tones of the place and how they can improve your script's realism and feeling. If you can spend time with some local actors and get a good feel for what will make the web series great. Write for the strong point of your local actors. Getting to know your community is priceless is moving into the indie web show world.
Place Setting: How'd we get to the cave when we were in the desert? I love reading novels with great dialog and scripts to see how each writer uniquely creates a sense of place, sometimes even a whole new world. At times it can surprise me how little tweaking and editing a story may take to get the reader into the location or setting of the story. Sometimes, however it takes ever so much thoughtful wording to get an entire new world to feel real and full of life. When you think of your favorite novels how do those authors write about space and setting?
Look around your home or yard and try to carefully write out how you would describe the setting in a script. What is the essence of the place, the feeling of being there? Try reading the description out load and hear how it sounds. Focus on the tone of the place and then you can begin to add in details.
The sun hit the big red wood paneling harshly. As though the place should catch fire at any moment.
Red wood panels, long passed their prime, stood out from the bright landscape of yellow fields and stray chickens on the hunt for worms. I highly recommend getting to know each of your charters in your novel. Don't just write about some made up people, learn to feel for them a little, to understand them well enough to convey a realness that readers love. Does your lead person have a good heart or a dark core? Make sure the characters you flesh out will work seamlessly in your story's genre and tone.
Try writing half a page of information for each of your key characters and spend a little time just thinking about them. This will really help you connect with them and that allows you to writer a better novel quicker and with more ease.
What is your lead's main struggle?
Is he/ she a bored person or over excited about getting the story going?
By understanding your novel or webplay's characters as they relate to your setting you can develop a really wonderful story that captures people's imaginations. As you write down an outline for your awesome web show include an outline for each person in the tale and consider those people as important as the story itself.
How do they see themselves?
Are they honest or dishonest people?
As you tie in each occurrence in your story to the different characters consider which of them might make for the best plot twist or mystery. Play with them until you feel like they are your neighbors.