Winning a screenwriting contest is a dream comes true to every aspiring screenwriter. But the challenge is, out of thousands of scripts written each year, only a few made it. What makes a script saleable? What criteria are producers and studios looking for in a script? Studios and producers spend thousands even millions of dollars to acquire an exceptional and good script. The competition is getting intense as each year goes by. There is no secret recipe that will guarantee a sale. But there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of selling your script.
The first thing you have to do is come up with a terrific story. Write a story which background you know about. For example, if you are going to write about lawyers and their life, make sure you know about law. Don’t write something that you don’t expert about, because your potential readers can spot your lack of knowledge. You have to be excited and passionate with your story in order to make your readers feel excited to read it. Without passion and knowledge, your script will be a dud.
Like in every other business, you have to make sure that your script is commercially viable. So often after a certain type of movie become popular, producers will be crying out for more scripts in that genre before it becomes exhausted. For example, after the unexpected success of The Blair Witch Project, producers were looking out for more scripts of that genre.
It’s a good idea to watch again the most successful films of your script genre. If you’re writing a horror story, you can take a look at the likes of The Exorcist, Poltergeist or Psycho. Analyze these films and identify the artistic and commercial values that made them work.
Once you’ve through with the conceptual phase, the next step is to write it. Write simply, clearly, effectively and without distraction. Don’t tripping over yourself trying to write ever more clever way to entice readers. Chances are you will lose it. When done poorly, your script can become convoluted, incomprehensible and just confusing.
Deliver you story. If your script is supposed to be a horror story, then make sure it’s scary and frightening and ready to make your readers jumping out of their seats.
Following these tips cannot guarantee you a success. A good script is a very subjective subject. There is no definite answer to that question.