Emerging screenwriters are often told to write something that represents their voice. This is excellent advice to break into the screenwriting world, but what exactly does it mean?
What is a screenwriter’s voice?
A writer’s voice is their soul. Their essence. It’s the intangible quality that defines them thematically. It’s a screenwriter’s unique take on the world. Their concerns. Their interests. Their loves. Their hates.
Much like setting up your profile on a social network site, your screenwriting voice is how you want to be perceived by your audiences.
A scriptwriter’s voice is the starting point for all screenwriting. Producers, agents and managers use your voice to market your screenplays and pitch you for screenwriting gigs.
Why do some screenwriters prefer to write certain types of movies, while others don’t? A film & TV writer’s voice explains why you became a writer in the first place. Your voice is the motivation behind the stories you write. It is based on your life experiences which shape your storytelling perspective and outlook.
Not only does your writing voice shape the stories you tell, but also the tone in which you tell them. Are you positive, negative, bitter, hopeful, upbeat?
What is a screenwriter’s style?
A writer’s voice is sometimes confused with their STYLE. These factors are more tangible. They relate to the execution of your screenplay. Is it upbeat or downbeat? Cheerful or dramatic? Entertaining or informative? Fast or slow? These are factors that can be defined, taught and emulated.
However, a screenwriter’s true voice is an innate depiction of themselves. Your voice is your unique selling point. Your style is how you execute your screenplay.
Use your gifts wisely.
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