Since January 2012 I have been writing The Absolute Beginners Screenwriting Workshop one blog post at a time. This 12-part series (found under the menu heading SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP) is my take on writing your very first screenplay. I originally conceived the workshop as a way to help me build a new screenplay from the ground up. As I started putting together some notes from various sources, I decided that if I posted the articles on my blog I could offer some help to others in the same position as myself.
Each month I’ve posted articles about various topics such as characters, settings or my personal favourite, the science of screenwriting. Although some of the information needs a little polishing, I think its useful enough for a beginning screenwriter to get started on their first screenplay. At the moment I’m writing the August entry, getting through the first half of the second act. The second act is considered to be the most difficult as the author needs to ensure there are enough challenges and obstacles to hold the hero back, while at the same time start teaching the hero about himself and the world around him.
Finally, once the 12 months are complete this December I will be starting a page one rewrite of the material into a ebook that I will hopefully have available for sale before June of 2013. But for now, I hope you enjoy the workshop, I hope it helps and if there is anything that requires clarification, please log a comment and I’ll write a blog post clarifying it.