Tips for Aspiring Screenwriters
Scott Perlov practiced law in Los Angeles for nine years. On a day-to-day basis, he provided
legal counsel for companies and individuals engaged in class-action lawsuits; drafted motions;
worked in criminal defense; and operated in other capacities as a lawyer. Galvanized by his
locality, where movie stars, directors, producers, cinematographers, and cameramen walked the
streets outside his very practice, Perlov began screenwriting in his spare time.
Los Angeles’ surplus of television and film professionals does present challenges, though. With
so much competition, an aspiring screenwriter can begin to feel overwhelmed, and see the odds
that his script will be optioned as so unfavorably stacked that they counter the original desire to
write. Perlov shares a few tips as a working professional who writes for the screen in his spare
1. Take a little time each day to write, even if it’s just half an hour. Practice makes perfect.
2. Meditate. Close your eyes and empty your mind for a few minutes before you start.
3. When you watch movies and TV shows, try to imagine what the words look like on a
4. Join a writing group. Never underestimate the power of feedback.
5. Do your research. There are plenty of resources out there, online or in your local library.
6. Take a screenwriting class if you have time. No need to reinvent the wheel.