If you are starting-out on the scriptwriting path, you won't need me to remind you of the hard work and isolation it requires. You toil into the night, several nights in fact, over a period of months, finally, your first draft is complete. Excited, you send it off to all the agents and producers you can muster. Several frustrating months later, a letter arrives (if you're lucky); it says, and I paraphrase: "Thanks. But, no thanks!". It is devastating - I know.

So, you read all your "How To.." books, visit all the screenwriting sites on the net, and apply what you've learned to your script in a major rewrite - it looks good, you send it off again, but again back it comes - WHY?

BECAUSE, scriptwriting is a technical discipline - let nobody convince you otherwise. There are certain rules and guidelines that all successful films adhere to (and producers/agents are only interested in success). Chances are, your screenplay wasn't even read past the first page - I know, I have refused many scripts on the basis of a first page. And, there are sound, valid reasons why...

When agents, producers, and script readers read a script, they are looking for somebody who knows the trade from the outset - and this can be apparent from the first page. They need to be convinced that you as a writer know how to hook the audience, knows how to structure a story that pulls the audience along from beginning to end.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Agents and producers have long memories. If you submit an average script, your name will be remembered for future reference. It is vitally important to make a good impression with your first submission.

So, if you are serious about your screenwriting career, and wish to receive a detailed, constructive analysis of your script - including editor's notes on its market potential - click either link to the left for feature film or television scripts. With over 300 client script reports compiled to date, The First Draft Doctor Script Analysis service has to be your next stop.

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