I have a great idea but I'm not quite sure where to start and could use some help.
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Write that great idea down.
Hi Rachel, I've been in your shoes at the beginning as well. If you like, we can chat and I can help you with whatever it is that you need help for.
I'd say start with either a theme and base characters that fit best with what you're trying to say with the script or start with a main character who has a goal and an obstacle they must overcome. could be external e.g. a dragon, or internal e.g. social anxiety. Or both: wants to fight a dragon but has social anxiety (there's a story there somewhere). Through these obstacles, the characters strive to overcome the conflict. Could apply this to your idea and see where it goes for you. Look at the 3 act structure for a basic outline, this doesn't have to be followed to a fault but good to help get a foundation and edit it yourself :)
Write a one page: a 3 sentence synopsis - beg, mid, and end - and logline. For the logline try this formula: WHEN, the inciting incident happens, A FLAWED LEAD, your hero/antihero, MUST, the objective, OR ELSE, the stakes. Run your idea through those components and see what you come up with. For an example of a One Page see: https://www.stage32.com/profile/185490/Screenplay/Hollywood-ending-2
Agree with @All above and add my own thoughts. I think the beauty of a great idea is its in your mind all the time. An old fashioned note book and pen is the key, the stories growth will not come by forced attempts in an institutionalised environment. I came up with an idea for a trilogy of pulps a couple of years back, and one of the sponsors for the first short wanted me to go to their office and write the next two. Not for me. A great idea has a life of its own and inspirational flashes are spasmodic and erratic. I still carry everywhere i go (literally) a rough book and pen. Good luck with your idea.
I'd be glad to help. What can I do?
Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!
There are a couple of Christian thrillers out there: The Visitation. Hangman's Curse. Thr3e. Thr3e deals with mind psychology warfare.