Your script is finally finished and you're probably anxious to get it into the hands of agents, producers, actors, or studios.
But in the back of your mind, you might not be all that certain your screenplay is truly ready to compete on the professional level.
Hopefully, you’ve mastered the art of story telling, structure is second nature, and your snappy dialogue and fully-drawn characters move your story to a compelling resolution.
But let me share a little secret about the realities of moving your writing from the page to the screen: When an experienced writing-producing-directing-development professional opens your script, it takes 45-60 seconds to tell whether or not you have a freaking clue about what you’re doing…and whether they should bother reading it at all.
Giving a script the "green light" is rare. Once a screenplay moves up the food chain of development executives, agents, and producers, everyone suddenly needs to go to work, and invest a lot of time and money into your writing. It's just far easier to toss your work into the recycling bin for the slightest reason and move on to the next script sitting on the desk.
Your job as a writer is to avoid giving anyone any reason to reject your script. Here are some of the things that will immediately get your screenplay rejected because they are the sure signs of an amateur: