Step 1: Craft a logline
First things first, you need to write a logline. This is an important step as it gives a reader a brief summary of your story that describes the blueprint of the who, when and how. This is more like an elevator pitch in business, but more likely this one can be fictional or not. Hence, the basic idea of the story and its general theme should be covered while writing a logline.
Step 2: Write a treatment
Next up is Treatment, it is a written summary of 2-5 pages (according to your story) that includes the title of your screenplay, the logline, a list of main characters, and a short synopsis. Treatment is more like a do or die part of the production as a producer may read the treatment first before deciding whether to jump for the scripts or not. The synopsis should highlight the gist of the story including the character’s emotions and story style for which readers would want to follow their journey later. Writing a treatment also helps you to have a dimensional perspective towards your story where you can filter what’s working and what needs to be fixed.
Step 3: Develop your characters
Characters play an important role in a story therefore, developing the characters can go all south if you don’t have control over the emotions of the story. Think about the story first before you touch the characters emotions. What;s it about? Where is this theme taking you?. After you answer these create characters contrast to the central questions. Now that you already created your characters in your head. Jot it down with empathy and emotions, to make them more interesting.
Step 4: Plot and Outline
Time for some twists and turns. This is the part where you break down your story into its narrative arc components. Map out every scene shot by shot. The more detailed you make your outline, the less time you’ll waste time down the road. As you plot your story, don't forget to build the emotions all the way. Building emotion and releasing tension is key to keep the audience engaged and hooked towards your story.
Step 5: Complete your first draft
Now that you have an outline as a map, write your script scene by scene, including dialogues, camera movement and descriptive action. Make every scene scream out the emotion you are trying to portray by writing every word of descriptive action in present tense. Collectively make sure they align to bring out the first draft ready to serve.
Step 6: Take a step back and reflect
Once you are done with your first draft, it’s always a great idea to take your mind off it and relax. That way when you finally do come back to it, you can review it with fresh eyes and mind. This process will help you add or deduct the necessary changes to it. P.S Don’t hesitate to rewrite the story again and again if you are not feeling 100 percent of it. Even though art is created just once, the masterpiece is still waiting for you.