High School Boot Camp: Week 2

Week 2: Creating Conflict and Outlining Your Plot

 

Creating Conflict

Ok, so you know who your characters are. Excellent. Now it is time to figure out what your characters are going to do. Most scripts are ultimately about the same thing: the journey a protagonist goes on to get what he or she wants and how they change along the way. Whether his or her goal is to get the girl or save the world, the journey is never easy, and your character will encounter many setbacks during their quest. Though they’re painful for your protagonist, these obstacles and conflicts are what will make your script exciting to read.

 

Exercise

Create internal and external conflict for your script by reading through and filling out the "Creating Conflict" worksheet. Not only will this worksheet help you create a story worth writing, it will also walk you through creating a catchy logline, so you'll have something to tell people when they ask what your script is about.

 


Outlining Your Plot

Now that your story has conflict and a catchy logline, you probably have an idea of what is going to happen in your script this April. You may know what kind of journey your protagonist will undertake, and you know what will stand in his or her way. Now it's time to take the next step and map out how everything is going to happen.

Writing an entire script from beginning to end may seem pretty daunting, but once you have a plan, it is not as hard as you think. Trust us. As you probably know, most stories break down into the same six sections that make up a plot.

 

Exercise

Review the six sections of plot and outline a plot of your own using this "Outlining Your Script" worksheet.

 

Exercise for Screenwriters Only

If you're writing a screenplay this April, and you want to create an even more detailed outline before Script Frenzy, fill out this "Hollywood Formula Worksheet."

 


Great! Now it's time to learn about what makes a script a script in Week 3.