No joke--my first screenplay took over ten years to finish. Not 365 days a year, but a couple weeks here, a couple weeks there. Sometimes months would go by, sometimes years. I would get excited, write a bunch of stuff, then lose motivation and move on to something else.
My last screenplay took six weeks.
Six weeks from concept to FADE OUT and there were several offers to buy it. Why it didn't sell is a story for another time (and had everything to do with bad deals) but the script worked and studios wanted it.
The way I did it was a very specific approach to using the Dramatica theory of story. This is a technique I created after 20 years of studying and developing that revolutionary theory of story. Dramatica is complicated, but not impossible if you know what you're doing.
And I want to share that with you.
Check out this feedback I received from one of the first RoadMaps delivered:
"It’s so exciting to have all the blood sweat and tears that I poured my heart and mind into, mapped out for me in such a clear and meaningful way! I can’t help but want to turn the outline into a fully realized script!"
Send me your characters, the story idea, the way you imagine it all working out, or anything else you have developed so far and I will send back a rich, deeply thematic outline from which to write. Your outline will consist of carefully considered sequences and relevant story points that work together to tell a logically complete and emotionally compelling story. No two stories are the same and that goes for my outlines--each one is unique to your particular viewpoint and the story you want to tell.
It's also a really great way to learn Dramatica. If you've been struggling, seeing a professional work out the storyform for your story is really an eye-opening experience.
In addition to the outline (provided in the Fountain format for screenplays, Markdown for novels), you will receive detailed StoryEncoding for all your story points and a fully fleshed-out Dramatica Story Expert storyform--complete with Gists handcrafted for your story. You will also receive a comprehensive multi-page analysis of your story and explanations why I chose the story points I did.
Just think--one week from now you could actually be writing your story instead of imagining it.
And five weeks later you could be done.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you steal my idea? No, thanks, but I already have a ton of my own ideas to write. This is your story. To ease any anxiety I sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement(NDA) with every outline.
How long does this take? Right now the turnaround time is one week (five business days). This includes a fully encoded Dramatica storyform, complete with customized Gists for your story, and a fully realized outline in either Fountain or Markdown formats. As the popularity of this service grows, so too will the wait time so plan accordingly.
NOTE: The turnaround time for RoadMaps is now 2-3 weeks. Sorry, but handcrafted outlines take time!
This is disgusting. It's storytelling-by-numbers!! There are over 32,000 unique storyforms in Dramatica, so chances are yours won't be the same as the next. Besides, Finding Nemo and Collateral have the same exact storyform and they couldn't be more different. If you're really unhappy I'll refund 75% of your fee.
I don't get Dramatica. It's too complicated and seems made up. That's the whole point of hiring a guide to help see you through. I have over twenty years of experience translating the theory to those who don't get it. I'll explain to you the choices I made and why I made them.
What do I send? Send whatever you think will help me better understand your story. The more I understand your intent behind the story, what it is you want to say with it, the easier it is for us to figure out your story's underlying thematics. I will read anything--character bios, treatments, outlines, even pictures--whatever helps communicate your Artist's Intent. That's the thing I'm trying to help you realize.
What if I don't like the outline? Can I make changes? It's your story. You can do whatever you want with it. If you have changes you want me to look at, I will for the two weeks following delivery. After that you might consider the Dramatica® Mentorship Program to help you develop your story further.
Alright, I'm sold. Where do I sign up? Glad you asked...