How to find a screenplay theme is arguably the most of important part of writing the actual work. The theme of a screenplay will essentially direct the decisions characters within the screenplay make. Don’t let that scare you though; finding the theme for your screenplay is not hard. All you need to do is follow a few of these simple steps.
- Free write. Take out whatever you are using to record your screenplay’s ideas on, and write whatever comes to mind. Don’t worry about things like punctuation or spelling since no one will be grading this. The point of free writing is to get your thoughts flowing, flesh-out any ideas and even cure writers block. Do this for ten minutes.
- Reflect. Now write about what you know or what you’ve experienced. It is generally easier to write about what is important to you. Passion-inspired work can usually be identified.
- Focus your ideas. By now, you have a lot of material down. The theme of your screenplay is somewhere in there and needs to be drawn out. Read the material you have and identify all of the themes you have come up with.
- Choosing a theme. Finally choose a theme by asking yourself: “Is my theme universal?” (i.e. Is it relatable?), "Will my theme grab anyone via pure emotion?”, “Is my theme original?” A good screenplay theme needs to be both focused and original.
Once you have an original and specific them,e it is time to write the screenplay. Keep in mind, your theme would be best if the story did not stray from it.