How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell

It’s time to learn how to write a screenplay you can sell – though my method may surprise you.

It’s a little different than what you’ll find even in the best screenwriting books.

How To Write A Screenplay – Overview

Prior to making the first sale, a screenwriter will often:

But can you learn how to write a screenplay without several years of wasted time?

In a word, yes.

So let’s talk about how to write a movie script and make your first sale.

Not selling the first thing you write – writing the first thing that you actually sell.

WARNING: If you think writing a screenplay will be easy and that you’re going to cash your script in like a lottery ticket, you’re in the wrong place. My approach requires overcoming fear, making tough choices, and working hard. That said, it can be done – and it’s a lot better than getting beaten up by Hollywood over a period of years.

How To Write A Screenplay Like The Karate Kid

For those of you who don’t know, this is a story about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Daniel, who learns karate and becomes an honorable man like his teacher, Miyagi.

In the beginning of the movie, Daniel is getting beat up a lot by the bigger kids at his new high school. This is what it feels like to be new to the screenwriting game.

Instead of getting physically beat up, beginning screenwriters get told “No” over and again.

Producers won’t take their calls. Agents won’t read their script. It’s nearly impossible to get a meeting with someone who can actually do something.

Some beginning screenwriters think it’s because they lack connections, and that may be true. But it’s not the only problem. So let me get all Miyagi on you for a minute.

Wax On, Wax Off

Remember when Miyagi starts teaching Daniel karate? He doesn’t start with punches and kicks. It’s “paint the house side-to-side,” “sand the floor,” “paint the fence,” and “wax-on, wax-off.”

How To Write A Screenplay Just Like Miyagi showing Daniel How to Wax Cars in The Karate Kid

Daniel hates it because it feels like busywork – until he realizes that he’s been learning karate the whole time. Better yet, his fundamentals are so good that he’s a better fighter than the bullies who just learn to kick and punch.

In my experience, screenwriters need to take four important steps before they understand screenplay writing and can sell a screenplay for the first time.


Step 1 - Focus On ONE GENRE

Most aspiring writers do not want to focus. That’s okay.

You want to preserve your creative freedom.

You’ve got ideas for so many things – and you may have some viable ideas in different genres.

Most beginning screenwriters create projects in lots of different genres and fail to sell them, over and over again. Then, one day, when they’ve finally written their tenth project in one genre, they get an agent and finally sell their first screenplay!

At that point, three things will often happen quickly:

  1. The agent sells one of your other projects in THE SAME GENRE and typically for more money than the first sale.
  2. The agent gets you meetings for assignments for projects in THE SAME GENRE. This work is how most screenwriters support themselves.
  3. You focus your energy and attention to developing projects in THE SAME GENRE because you realize that there’s a much better chance you’ll get paid.

To Succeed In Hollywood You Have To Focus

This isn’t just true for you – it’s true for decision-makers as well.

When a decision-maker considers purchasing a script, that’s a big decision. The script will cost a lot of money to buy and even more money to produce. This puts the decision-maker’s reputation on the line.

If you are developing multiple projects in different genres, decision-makers see your unfocused creative resume and think:

  • You are unsure about what you want to do in the business.
  • You lack the expert knowledge of any particular area.
  • I would rather work with someone else.

If you are developing multiple projects in the same genre, executives and other decision-makers see that and think:

  • You know what you want.
  • You are an expert in this area.
  • I want to work with this person.

It is better to create ten projects in one genre than ten projects in different genres.

Take The First Step Now

Try this:

  • Make a list of your ten favorite movies.
  • Make a list of the last ten movies you’ve seen and enjoyed.
  • Make a list of your ten favorite novels.
  • Make a list of the last ten novels you’ve read and enjoyed.

The genre most of these projects are in – that’s probably your genre.

Focus here for now. Once you’ve sold a few things, then you can branch out.

Step 2 - Emphasize STORY Development

Most beginning writers think they already know how to write a story.

The question is, do you know story well enough to use it?

A lot of people know about the importance of diet and exercise. They know they should eat less, eat differently, exercise more – but they aren’t able to use what they know.

Then there are professional athletes who live and breathe the principles of healthy living. They use what they know because it’s their career on the line.

To work as a professional screenwriter, this is the equivalent. You have to do more than just know how to write a story, you have to know it at a deep enough level that you can use what you know. Otherwise, you can read scripts, watch movies, write screenplays, and STILL not get anywhere.

The Secret To Learning Story: Pitching

If you develop one project into a complete script, you’ve written about 120 pages and one story. But if you develop fifty projects into 2-3 page pitches, you’ve also written about 120 pages – but you’ve created fifty stories.

That’s 50x the practice.

That’s how you learn story structure like the way you know your morning commute to work. Deeply, fully, automatically. That’s how you learn how to write a screenplay.

It’s better to develop fifty pitches than to write one script.

Take The Second Step Now

Try this:

  • Come up with 50 short pitches (1-3 sentences).
  • Of these, develop 10 complete pitches (1-3 pages).
  • Of these, draft 2 treatments (10-30 pages).
  • Then, write one script.

You can create and structure your short pitch using this pitch development process.

How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell process

Step 3 - Get Feedback Early And Often

Most beginning writers do not want to get feedback.

They think that feedback is typically unhelpful, and besides, no one knows what will work, right?

Then, after writing a dozen screenplays over a period of years that don’t sell, they start to think that maybe, just maybe, if they took more time to get better quality feedback, maybe they’d save themselves some time and heartache.

Professional writers get feedback early and often.

Before a professional screenwriter goes to script, they get feedback on their pitches to select their best ideas. Then they get feedback on their complete pitches and treatments to make sure they are executing it well. They spend a lot of time testing their stories because they know it will save them a ton of time when it comes to writing the screenplays.

It is better to get feedback at least ten times on your pitch before you write the script than to get ten reads on your script.

Take The Third Step Now

The keys to getting good feedback are:

  • Structure your pitch to make it easy to understand.
  • Pitch to members of your target audience.
  • Pitch to at least three people so you can see patterns.

This may sound like it could take a lot of time – it does. However, it takes less time than writing full screenplays, and it makes it more likely that you learn how to write a screenplay you’re able to sell.

Step 4 - Immerse Yourself To Learn Structure

Every successful writer I know, at some point, has taken one produced project and analyzed it down to the atomic level.

They know the core story, every beat, every sequence, every scene, every shot.

They can watch the movie and turn the pages of the script in their head.

Once you’ve done this, watching movies and reading scripts is a different thing.

In a way, it ruins it because it’s hard just to enjoy the story because you’re also watching how the story is being told. That’s what it’s like to be a professional writer.

Beginners may be willing to watch lots of movies and read lots of scripts. It’s fun, and they think they’re getting a complete education. Unfortunately, they’re only building superficial knowledge.

They don’t really know how to write a movie script because they don’t understand what’s going on at the deeper levels inside the movie.

They’re like a person who can look at an analog watch and tell the time – and they think that means they know how to build a watch. If you want to know how to build a watch, at some point, you will have to take a watch apart, piece by piece, down to the tiniest of the gears.

It is better to read one screenplay ten times than ten screenplays.

It is better to watch one movie ten times than ten movies.

How To Write A Screenplay Watch Gravity 10 times

Take The Fourth Step Now

Try this:

  • Choose one successful film in your genre for which you can also get the script.
  • Watch the movie three times in a row.
  • Read the script three times in a row.
  • Watch the movie.
  • Read the script.
  • Watch the movie.
  • Read the script and mark the beats (e.g. Catalyst, Act Breaks, All Is Lost).
  • Watch the movie.
  • Read the script and chart each act by sequence and scene.
  • Watch the movie.
  • Read the script and identify the transformation or change in each scene.
  • Watch the movie

With respect, if you haven’t done this, then in a way, it doesn’t matter how many movies you’ve seen or how many scripts you’ve read. Because you don’t fully understand what you’re seeing or reading.

Once you have immersed yourself this way in a specific movie, you will understand screenplay structure.

Sequences and scenes. Tone and pacing. Creating moments.

Here are some screenplays I recommend you read to get you started. You can discuss them here:

How to Write a Screenplay - Review

If you want to learn how to write a screenplay you can actually sell, you can make a ton of frustrating mistakes over a period of years, or you can take these four steps:

  1. Focus on ONE genre
  2. Emphasize story development
  3. Get feedback early and often
  4. Immerse yourself to learn structure

Take those four steps, THEN write your screenplay.

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Discussion About How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell

  1. Ernest

    want to know more about screen writing

  2. Simon Long

    Hi, Stephanie Palmer:

    I am a screenwriter from China and I have 5 movie scripts. How will I get my works into the hand of a screenwriting agents in Hollywood for review and consideration? I need your help.
    I’m looking forward for your reply.

    Simon Long

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Simon, this is an important question. The answer really depends on the specifics of your situation and your projects. I recommend How To Get An Agent.

  3. Carolee

    There is so much emphasis on knowing what to write about, but what if you want to script a true life experience? I landed on a TV show and was given a new life. I want to tell the World just ‘how’ I ended up getting that new life. I have my timeline. I just need to know how to get it from my brain to paper. So would that be #4 for me? The “Immerse yourself to learn structure” sentence?

    • Will

      Well, I think what Stephanie means with “Immerse yourself to learn structure” is to dwelve into the screenwriting structure, really learn how to write a script you can sell by digging deep in the successful works in your genre, to learn the techniques behind screenwriting. Like, your story is biographic, it is based on a true story, so you should do the fourth step (repeteadly reading the script and watching the movie) with a biopic work, so you can fully understand how this genre is structured on a script. Hope this helps!

      • Stephanie Palmer

        Thanks so much, Will.

  4. norman tembo

    Before i started writing my script. I spent two months visiting a group of street kids in…….. I can’t tell you what pushed me to write a script, which i’m looking for any buyer, so i can help those guys. I’m a foreigner here, but each time when im free, i do go and give those little orphans something to put on and it. I do thank you for this page. If i harvest i will come back to say thanks again. Remember, im in Africa

  5. Shaquille William

    I am an aspiring Screen writer with a concept on my mind but I am having a hard time figuring out exactly where I start when it comes to getting out in writing. Looking for more of a template when it comes to outline.

  6. Henry

    Hey, Stephanie! It’s me again. I’ve been following those steps for a while now and I’ve finally gotten the 10 full pitches! I know it’s little, I still have to do the treatments and the script, but as a beginner I’m so happy I’ve made it this far and I wanted to thank you so much for all the good advice!

    Still, I’ve been trying to get onto the fourth step, the structure learning part. I’ve been looking for the script for this specific TV pilot, but I can’t seem to find the shooting script. The only one I can find has some differences in dialogue and sequence of events. Can I still use it to learn the structure? Or do I need to find the script that perfectly matches the shot pilot?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Sr A Thierry

    Hi Stehphanie
    Great article really very helpful thanks
    A. Thierry

  8. Wayne Jones

    No! The problem with this and with all “how to write a screenplay that sells” articles, books, seminars, etc (a veritable industry) is that they assume THE BEST SCREENPLAYS are the ones that get sold and produced. That may be true on some other planet far far away, but not this one. Best proof: go to a movie.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      I respectfully disagree, Wayne. The screenplay is not the movie. There are so many factors that go into how a movie is produced (casting, director, budget, timeframe, location, production team, and many more factors) and it is very rare that a produced film is as good as the original screenplay.

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  10. David

    50 pitches is hard. I’m struggling to get 10!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      It is absolutely hard! You can do it, David.

  11. Theophilus

    I am a scriptwriter in West Africa, Ghana to be precise. I write with Hollywood in mind. I currently have two complete screenplays I can not sell them here because we don’t have big and wealthy production house at this part of the world.. So I want to know if there is a way I can get agent in Hollywood to look at my scripts..

  12. Saul

    How exactly you can start to be a movie writer?

  13. Andy

    Is there any hope for someone who is not a professional screenwriter? Are there any examples of, say, an accountant, who creates a screenplay in their spare time that ends up getting made?
    (I am not an accountant)

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Every year, people who have never sold a screenplay before sell something. So yes, it does happen. That said, people who try to do something without a serious commitment are competing with people who are serious. You wouldn’t try to be an NFL quarterback in your spare time, or a concert pianist. Screenwriting is the same.

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  15. Jerry

    Hi Stephanie.

    Excellent and informative article, thank you. I do a lot of technical writing; manuals, operational procedures and the like, but trying to write creatively is proving difficult, especially when I have an idea for a film and I can see it clearly in my head. I know exactly how it should play out. It’s based on an historical event, which I have researched thoroughly. What can I do please?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      You could look for a writing partner to work with or you could hire a professional writer to write the script. But perhaps the story you can about doesn’t need to be a film. Could it be a short story, article, blog post, or tols in another medium that doesn’t require you to learn to become a screenwriter?

  16. Jon

    I understand that it is good to write in one genre. I have 12 scripts. Six shorts, five features and one television spec and I have realized that half of them are in the comedy genre. It seems that I have a flair for writing comedies. Everything from romantic comedies to parodies. The reason why I have written a lot of comedies is because I have read a lot of comedy scripts and watched a lot of comedy films. If I pitch them correctly, I just might get them sold. What should I do with the other half? The other half are dramas and thrillers.

  17. Jennifer Collado

    After writing the script what should I do then? How do I protect my work? How do I find someone who maybe interested in producing my script? (I am attempting to write a movie) Thanks

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Good questions, Jennifer. My advice (even though this isn’t what you likely want to hear) is to write something else, and then something else, and then something else… Here’s an article about how to protect your work and it’s esseantial that you start building a network of professional relationships.

  18. Patricia

    There are some super helpful ideas in this post–thank you. I know my forte is writing drama, but your exercise about listing the last films and novels I’ve enjoyed is great for narrowing that down even more: character-driven, literary fiction (high concept) for viewers of a certain age and level of education (skewed female).

    I also love your suggestion to study one screenplay multiple times rather than the reverse. In previous centuries, many writers learned to write partly by simply copying over famous works, which helped them better see the bones of the craft. I have been doing this anyway, but it’s good to hear it’s not time wasted. I even drew character/plot maps and wrote lists of unanswered questions (hooks) at the end of the TV pilot I was studying.

    I’ve done the logline exercise for existing works (both film and TV), and that helps too. I’m going to try it with stories from my own imagination next.

    Love your blog!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      This really means a lot, Patricia. It sounds like you are working hard and making smart choices. Write on!

  19. luckson

    helps a lot

  20. Ziyad

    I thought it was an insightful article. I think i’m gonna try the excercise for step 2 on my next project. I’m also starting to think of what my genre is.

  21. David Alexander

    I have a idea for movie

  22. Carla

    Thank you for a great blueprint Stephanie! I visualize the movie I want to write in fragments; for example, the beginning music, visuals and dynamics that lead the viewer into the story, but it is in telling the story that I get discombobulated because there are different directions the story can go. I am not exactly sure how I it will end. The story is still unfolding.. What I do know, is your guidance is terrific and helpful! So, thank you..

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks, and good luck.

  23. Dr. Robert J. Newton

    Thanks for your guidance! Doc Newton

  24. Erik

    Hello Stephanie,

    Your words did help me a lot! I some questions about getting into the industry:

    1) Do you think it is more difficult for foreign screenplay writer to enter Hollywood? I am an Asian from Hong Kong and brainstorming my script in English.

    2) Will I go through the same procedure as the local screenwriter? Is it possible to pitch online? Do I need to move to States?

    3) Do you have any recommendation for me? 🙂

    Thanks a million!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Yes, Erik, it’s more difficult if you live outside Hollywood. You can pitch online, but it’s a big risk for anyone to buy something from someone they’ve never met in person. But what works in Hollywood works in the film/TV business everywhere – and what you’re learning at goodinaroom can help you in Hong Kong.

  25. Raymond Wohl

    Writing scripts for stage, screen and tv

  26. Thais Guillen Otero

    Hi Stephanie!
    Great article! Until today I have been on my own through the scriptwriting path. As a writer I was concient that feedback is a very rich way to make your work each day better but all your advices really enlighted me and I’m sure that following them I will fulfill my goals. Thank you.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks so much, Thais.

  27. Jay Bradley

    Thank you for the read… I have picked up allot from your article. I have a romance stuck in my head… a movie that plays over and over.

    If the truth be known… I find myself lost in it… every time. I have been a writer since I was younger… But I haven’t plubished any works as of yet. I am just concerned that someone won’t see the faces and places as I do… won’t understand the feelings… and won’t get lost in the her lips as I do…

    I guess that is why I would like to write scripts… every story that I have written… every one… has been overwhelming to see in my mind… I want anyone who is reading or watching my stories to feel the passion… feel the heartache. And cry at the situation.

    I need help and will take any that I can get.

    Thanks again

    Jay Bradley

  28. Abi

    I really want to get into writing as I am a passionate drama student and I was wondering if you had any specific tips for beginners. Also where can you access movie scripts for free to study.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Abi, the first thing I’d recommend is to read everything you can on this site and others. Check out The Top Ten Screenwriting Blogs for more resources. As for movie scripts, there are many available on, and if you do some internet research you can find some others.

  29. James Bellon

    So I have been working in the field of human development for years. I have studied people and have a story that I have wanted to write for a long time. I do not want to be a professional screenwriter but I do want to write this story and see if come to fruition. With that said, I do believe you have a good basis for me to follow but if I only have one story, what is the best way for me to get this out there? And what is the base way to learn the process and structure of screenplay writing? Is there a book you can suggest that I read? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Dr James Bellon

    • Stephanie Palmer

      The best place to is to start writing down your idea. Then, you can shape it into screenplay form. Here are my favorite screenwriting books. If you just want one recommendation, I suggest starting with Save The Cat! by Black Snyder.

  30. Harshvarrdhan

    thankzzzzz stephanie… definitely i will use the techniques you taught in this article in my next movie in Kannada language… in south India…. it will be my second movie as a writer…..

  31. Julian

    Stephanie, thank you so much for this amazing article. It answered a lot of my questions regarding the lack of progress on writing despite thinking I had a great idea.

  32. Nicholas L.

    I have done this for years. But I don’t have a way to get it out there. Just finished that one script. Took 5 years but I have one. Everyone likes the idea I have gotten feedback from, the script even made the quarter-finals in a screenwriting competition of over 2000 entries last year. I wish I could find that one person to take a chance on my work.

  33. Linda Arabian

    I don’t think I have the patience to be a writer. However, I do think of some pretty good ideas for movies. I also read a lot. Sometimes I will come across a book that makes me wonder why no one has made it into a movie yet.
    When I was a teenager, back before Earth’s crust cooled, I found a book in a used bookstore. I think it was out of print even back then. It is called “Seahorse in the Sky” by Edmund Cooper. I just finished reading it again and I still don’t understand why it hasn’t been made into a movie. Sure, it needs a lot of tweaking but it is a great story. Tell someone in Hollywood to read it and write a screenplay based on it!!! Don’t change it too much. I hate when they do that. And, for the love of Papa Smurf, DON’T make it R rated!!!!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks for your comment, Linda.

  34. Sahag Alekian

    Hello I do have a unique original story that contains fiction non-fiction Adventure drama romance and comedy in one. I’m a hard-working blue color supporting my family never wrote or have any experience about the movie industry. I am Armenian from Middle East immigrated here 40 years ago. I am unique with plenty of imagination. I am almost 54 years old and do not have time to start from the bottom and I do not have any writing experience but I am very confident with my unique story it could be a two-part movie or even but could be a TV series on the network, no connection no agent and I do have the pitch and the plot and the rest of the complete story inside of my brain…… me…. financially destroyed with beautiful wife and two little boys with a lovable personality. Please give me your feedback I would appreciate it I don’t I do not know which door to bang and thank you mrs. Palmer

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Unfortunately, this industry, like many others, requires working your way up.

  35. Ron Regalado

    Thanks for the guidance. I am just getting started on my project. Very helpful.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks, Ron!

  36. Jared

    Hi Stephanie,

    Your advice is very out of the box, yet very practical. I am sure there are always exceptions to every case but it seems you have found focus on what works for the general. It’s definitely advice I will take with me as I align my talents as a film maker. I do notice you are very strong on the notion on focusing on just “one” genre as a writer. For someone who is interested is building up their portfolio as a director, would you recommend the same advice? I am speaking from the position of one who hopes to be a writer/director as well as director for hire.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Yes, this advice definitely applies to directors and writer/directors. Do one thing well first. Prove yourself, build a reputation, and then you’ll have many more opportunities to branch out than trying to do too many things initially. Thanks, Jared.

  37. George C Baker

    I’m curious that I have been developing a a movie theme based on the modern illicit drug. I have had exposure to the inner workings of organizational structure in this illicit trade. I’ve lived in Texas in the last 14 years and had ties to such structures and scene from the inside what transpires. Having seen the cause and effect of the trade on people I do believe that a successful movie could be done or will be done offering an inside look at something that many choose not to accept. When Americans realize that the desire for these substances are not going away and that they are going to be provided perhaps we will become disenfranchised with the idea of the legality of it all. Just have to look at Midnight Express Scarface and others to see that one of the best in the industry in this area has been Oliver Stone. Not only do I know that this is current where the topic I know that without some drastic change our country and Mexico will not see an end to the violence caused bye making these substances illegal. So I’m curious to see if I could sell this movie to someone such as mistress down curious to see if that’s something that would be a current interest.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi George,

      It would be dependent on the quality of your script.

  38. Skip Feinstein

    Hi Stephanie,
    My wife is a writer of historical fiction. Of her four novels the last one seems particularly suited to script development. She has not the time to do it and has asked me (also a seasoned writer) to make the attempt. I know little of the process and my online research has brought me to you. The plot and characters of the novel are well developed and riveting. I have 2 months off this summer to work on it full time. Suggestions?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Skip,

      Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  39. John McCartney

    Lets talk

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi John,

      If you are interesting in getting help developing your story, please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  40. Topher Neville

    Great idea this, I’ve just finished reading the Back To The Future script for the second time – but I appear to have chosen a film with a Script that only has an earlier draft available (rather than the final shooting draft). So the script has scenes that were re-rewritten for the shooting script. Does this matter? I thought I’d just go ahead and add notes to the script where scenes and dialogue were moved or changed. However it does make for two ever-so-slightly different films.

  41. anne marie kosior

    I don’t have much experience writing screen plays and I am willing to learn. I just find it important for people to hear my story and how it’s not easy, but it is possible to overcome it all and the at these people are NOT alone.I want a happy ending to bullying to enforce these happy endings instead of always seeing how bullying and abuse ruined someone’s life forever. In my opinion I believe the youth dealing with these struggle need to hear happier endings to see that there is actually so much hope and all bad things will pass. From experience i do know that it passes, although never forgotten, but learning to deal wit them makes it that much easier.

  42. Fakhrul Hasar

    A writer can change your mind, and movei isresponse of nind.

    • Fakhrul Hasar

      You can imagine hell better but cannot heaven that can writer do more.

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  45. Danny Ace Valentine

    Very informative. I look forward to reading more insights about writing and selling my material.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks so much, Danny!

  46. Nika

    So I am planning to start a screenplay in the fantasy genre, but no examples are listed to read to learn how they work. Do you have any examples that I could use?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Nika – Thanks so much for your comment. You can look through over a dozen fantasy script examples HERE.

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    I sent your page to 5 authors determined to become made screenwriters. This was very informative will buy your book. Just took down my website, creating a new one but I have an authors page on Amazon

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks so much, Carole! Much appreciated!

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  51. Elizabeth

    Hi I have so much material for a comedy about mental health- everything in that genre seems to be so serious. I can write a book and publish, but my dream would be to see it on screen with full soundtrack, flashbacks etc. Should I write a book or try straight for my first screenplay?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Elizabeth – Great question! And one, I think, with an answer that’s really more dependent on what you’re more interested in exploring as writing a book and screenplay are vastly different projects. Would be happy to go into more detail on this and help you decide. If you’re interested, please email me at

  52. Joseph igbang

    I want to learn more about script writing

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Joseph – Thanks for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

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  54. Chris hayes

    I want to write about the human condition, where, people identify…. though there is too much to share here in the open, where people could steal my secrets. May you contact me personally at my email and introduce yourself? Although there are no guarantees in this business, my heart and passion for perfecting my writing is paramount… I choose not to write for the full benefit of me, but I wish to touch others for the benefit of them…
    Chris Hayes

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Chris – Thanks for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  55. Joy Orton

    How do I find someone to give me effective feedback?
    I am an actor. DOH! I am used to vitriolic criticism and have thick skin. The trouble is all my friends are actors and they are reticent to provide honest feedback. The “You were never better my dear.” Issue. My directors don’t have the time. And other than my auto mechanic , I don’t have contacts outside of performance. Are there clubs (University & Internet or something )that will give Real feedback?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      HI Joy – Thanks for your question! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  56. Douglas Steele

    Thank you for this! I am very new at this process, and appreciate your wise counsel.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      You’re very welcome, Douglas!

  57. Shikikide Betton

    I wrote a play i would love t o sell it but at the same time i love to get feed back.

  58. Patrick Solomon

    Almost done with my script and it for so I want to be sure it perfectly arranged therefore is anywhere my scripts can be crossed check? Thanks

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Dear Patrick – Thank you for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance on your script.