3   Getting Your Ideas on to Paper


FOR MOST WRITERS this is the moment you have been dreading. If you're like me you probably remember announcing the fact that you want to write a screenplay to your family and friends. Did you make that specific announcement at some point during the last eighteen months? Do you remember the warm glow of well-wishers patting you on the back saying ‘Of course you can write a screenplay – a great screenplay. I can hardly wait to read it.’ They know you have talent. You have spent the last eighteen months doing nothing about your screenplay. It's stuck in your head eating your waking moments and, horror of horrors, suppose you meet one of those well-wishers at a party or on the street? The first thing they say ...

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