Have you ever got the urge to write, and then promptly proceed to follow that urge and write away? What do you write about?

Could be anything. Could be politics, religion, or what you fed your dog last night. Whatever it was, it probably wasn’t very coherent, was it? Probably not very organized, either.

It also wasn’t very long. A mere point can be made in a sentence, or even one word. Points don’t make up books, plays, or screenplays. Points don’t last for a hundred-plus pages.

Writers have something to say. No, not just words, something beyond that: an idea. Everyone communicates their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Writers communicate their ideas. Ideas can’t be communicated in words, sentences, paragraphs or pages; ideas must be communicated through proofs and arguments.

Communication of ideas are what separate a writer from a rambler. “Rambler” is used here not to denote someone who communicates something other than ideas, but rather one who tries to write without an idea. What does it become? Often something that can be thought of as a “ramble” (or a “rant” when the writer is excessively frustrated).

Basic writing format requires a thesis. This is the unifying idea of a paper. The thesis is introduced, supported, and then concluded. Often, for academic purposes, the supporting points to a thesis will be facts. But for the artistic writer, this thesis will often include subordinate ideas. This is imperative for the screenwriter. Throughout the course of the screenplay, different ideas are introduced, tested, and either proven or disproven in such a manner that the main idea – the thesis – is proved.

Academic writers speak to the brain; artistic writers speak to the soul.

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