When you first begin to create a story, an idea pops up in your head. You get excited, and you develop that idea further. The idea seems bullet proof and there appears to be no way in which it could go wrong. However, once you have to actual create an entire outline for your story, things get difficult. This is the stage of which I am at now. I am writing a screenplay and just finished completing the treatment for that screenplay. However, there seems to be many areas now in the story that I am unsure of. There also seems to be holes in that aren’t filled proficiently enough.
I’ve dealt with this experience before. I remember writing an outline for a personal narrative essay I was working on for ENG 325. Although this wasn’t a screenplay, I was still attempting to tell a story. I got past this hurdle by continuing onward and writing up a first draft. After writing that first draft I was able to see where the major holes were in the essay, and where I needed to tighten things up, or change completely. As I kept writing and re writing the story got better and better.
Right now, I think I just have to be patient in this process. It is hard to write a screenplay – much less a very good one, even if I’m only shooting for 20 pages. But if I can harp back on this experience and trust that it will continue to improve with each draft, I can have the confidence that I need to finish the script strong.