To Write or Not to Write
If you're a filmmaker who has a concept and an entire film emblazoned in neon lights within your brain but you can't write, then you need to find someone who can. If writers are a dime a dozen, than this should be a piece of cake. Or is it? With so many writers to choose from who have experience ranging from amateur to pro, it's crucial to find someone who can clearly envision your concept.
O Writer, Where Art Thou?
Word of mouth is one way to find a writer, especially in Hollywood where everything is about “so-and-so.” So-and-so wrote that script so maybe she can write this one. So-and-so couldn't finish his last script so he's not a good choice. If you're a filmmaker with a huge budget, then chances are you'll have no trouble finding a number of reputable writers. If you're an amateur just getting started, you may have to take your chances on a first-timer.
There are plenty of resources that you can refer to when searching for a writer. Online there are dozens of professional writers' Web sites, such as the Writers Guild of America (WGA), and professional screenwriters' sites.
Dealing with Adaptations
If you do want to try writing your own script without starting from scratch, you may want to write an adaptation.
These days, writing an adaptation is difficult for a first-time writer or filmmaker. Studios and production companies are quick to snap up promising works even before they're published, hence before they've had a chance to hit the bestseller list.
Short stories are also adapted to screenplay format.
Writing an adaptation script does have its plus side in terms of security and marketability. After all, a publisher did invest in the book, and if it sold well then a film should have a head start. Of course, if it's a bizarre bit of literature that only a handful of people read, a screenplay adaptation may have limited appeal unless you can find a producer or financial backer who loved the book.
Registering Your Masterpiece
Once you've finished penning your