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Q&A How do I write transitions between thinking and speaking?

I've just downloaded an open-source script-writing program, and have started converting the scripts for an anime I've been writing into industry-standard formatting. There are a few points in the ...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by F1Krazy‭  ·  last activity 26d ago by Nestatyhome‭

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Q&A Screenplay vs Novel [closed]

Now I know, that this question could be tagged too broad or opinion based, and that it might even be closed down. But I have been struggling over this for quite some time now and I want to get an a...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by HardikT‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I end a comedy sketch?

I have a premise, which I think is funny/clever. I want to write this as a comedy sketch, to be acted out or shot on video. I have three "scenes" which are basically three different re-capitulatio...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user151841‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Any suggestions for a new writer?

I am in no way a writer. It's something I've always wanted to do, but could never build up the courage to actually start. Every time I think about writing, I think about the end result and how I am...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dylan Beck‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you write 2 or more characters saying almost the same thing in unison

When 2 or more characters speak in unison you can generally do something like this "awwwww, she's so cute!" the girls said in unison in near perfect harmony but what about when the line is on...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Memor-X‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I do research about the geographical scenarios of plot?

I am writing a semi-fantasy novel, which is set in medieval India and today's New York. I have never been to New York, and will not be there, for far period. How can I do research to embed the cult...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Chaitanya‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A I'm unable to figure out the logical solution to a problem; how do I keep writing?

I'm outlining the plot for a scifi screenplay. I have the main characters, premise, the first half of the story, and the climax thought out. I don't want to bore you with details, but the story inv...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Kannan Chandrasegaran‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should "plot" or storyline be the main determinant of what goes into a story?

In writing a screenplay, I created a bunch of scenes, with about twice as much material in total as I needed. So the job was to cut things down to size. In so doing, I found that a number of scene...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does "OFF" mean in a script?

Could anybody, please, enlighten me as to what "off" means in the following excerpts taken from the script for the TV show "Breaking Bad"? (I've also come across the same use of "off" in other scri...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Yukatan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sluglines for same location but different periods, real and imagined

I'm writing a short film that has the vast majority scenes set in a pub, with the main male character about to approach a woman, and he imagines/projects some of the possibilities of this - it goes...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Spiffeah‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the differences between a script and a screenplay?

There is usually a lot of confusion when it comes to these two terms. Some sources say that there is no (practical) difference between the two while other sources talk of various kinds of differenc...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Pravesh Parekh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to tell if my story is finished, or needs more?

Slightly obtuse title, let me elaborate. I'm writing my first screenplay, and I'm trying to keep it simple while making it simultaneously wonderful. It's just a rom-com. But as I write and modify...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by temporary_user_name‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?

I love to invent stories and come up with ideas, but I don't have the patience to fill out all the details that is usually a part of a novel. (For those of you familiar with Myers-Briggs or Jungian...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by erikric‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Short Story first or skip to Screenplay

I'm planning to shoot and direct my own short, small budget science fiction movie as a long term project to learn more about movie making. However, I'm at the very start where I need to write a dr...

3 answers  ·  posted 13y ago by GateKiller‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why write a book when there's a movie in my head?

Around a decade ago, I had a dream. An actual middle of the night dream. An entire movie played in my head, all I had to do was write it down. I did a fair bit of research on the topic then I sp...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Cyn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A I have no artistic skill, but I want to write for animated shows/movies

See title. I love writing stories, but I usually imagine how they are like in show/movie form, specifically 3d animated ones. I don't feel like I have the skill to write a good book, but I do think...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many blank lines before scene headings (and secondary scene headings) using Amazon Storywriter

Question : How many blank lines should be before scene headings and secondary scene headings in a screenplay? Note that I am using Amazon Storywriter. Detail : I am writing a screenplay with Amazo...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Documenting story in a videogame

How does one write a story for a story-based videogame. Is it done in the form of a screenplay? Is it written as any normal prose? Is it written as documentation that goes with the other early desi...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by AGirlHasNoName‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you make a scene "tasteful"?

Let's say you have a scene that contains nudity. There are many ways to do it wrong and have it just be a pervy scene, but there are also ways to make it "tasteful" in a way where it's slightly les...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Respecting classic dramatic structure in a documentary

I'm planning on shooting a documentary on a potentially important shift in a friend's life. In an attempt to educate myself a little bit before shooting the events, I'm reading about the classic st...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Rodolphe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I represent two computers having a conversation between themselves that other characters are unaware of?

I have two computers who are talking to each other in a movie script. They do not want the humans to be aware of this but my ideas to address it don't seem to work. HELP! Here's what I have tried s...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by theakson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it wrong if I kill off a black character?

He is one of two supporting characters that die in my screenplay. My wife says I shouldn’t make him black if he’s going to die. Would it be politically incorrect?

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Marcus Meier‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A I’m considering adding a flashback to my script. Are they so bad?

I know that some people say flashbacks are to be frowned upon. But I’m in a situation where I feel a flashback could maybe be more effective. It’s a crime/drama/mystery. Basically, Greg has gone...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Marcus Meier‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A In character development for a screenplay, is it enough to present only a person's most salient characteristics?

In my screenplay, I feature a CEO of an advertising agency who is "pot shaped," shy, tongue-tied and a few other characteristics that make you wonder how he ever became an advertising executive, ne...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do script readers start at the beginning?

Script readers-- the people who sift and sort the vast piles of scripts submitted to Hollywood -- do they start at the beginning? The reason I ask is that I know 99% of scripts are awful and just ...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by temporary_user_name‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it a bad idea to linger too long on a first draft?

I'm currently working on the first draft of a screenplay, and it's not very good right now. It's little things; some parts go too quickly or slowly, other dialogue exchanges need improvement, and...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Zolani13‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are some words in screenplays set in all caps?

I believe I understand this and I'm looking for confirmation. Examples: It has become a tugging match with the Weird Man shouting, "I'll take you to a taxi... I'll take you." Ahead, a group is...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by temporary_user_name‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How difficult is it to break into screenwriting?

Is it difficult to get anyone to buy a screenplay you write? I am thinking about writing a screenplay but am concerned that maybe I shouldn't waste my time; I have no formal training in writing sc...

3 answers  ·  posted 13y ago by Philip White‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do episodes of the show House follow a constant structural pattern?

I've seen a few episodes of House M.D., and I wonder, are the episodes written according to a fixed structural pattern? If so, what are the details, and why does such a structure make the show pop...

2 answers  ·  posted 13y ago by blueberryfields‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Transitioning from novel writing to screenwriting?

I've been studying writing for several years, and I feel fairly confident in my ability to write a novel. Before I take the plunge and go for it though, I was curious about a slightly different pat...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I be a Novel Writer or a Screenwriter?

Should I be a Novel Writer or a Screenwriter? This question is intended for the beginning writer, who is unsure if he should start with writing physical books, or with writing scripts for movie d...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a screenplay include dialogues between the characters?

Someone asked me to write screenplay and not the script, hence I want to clarify.

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user25805‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do screenplay writers work by an established plot, or do they improvise without one?

In writing in general, there are discovery writers and outliners, planners vs. pantsers. I am very curious to know how screenwriters create screenplays. Do writers start with a basic plot and th...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Nikos K.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do screenwriters earn money, if none of their scripts get turned into movies?

I just saw a documentary featuring interviews with a few Hollywood screenwriters. Many of them said they had been working as screenwriters for around a decade, yet had never had any of their script...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to handle screenplay revisions in Final Draft?

I need to revise a screenplay in Final Draft, and I'm finding that the revision features in the program are poor. Are there any ways to introduce revision features in to Final Draft, similar to Tra...

0 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Neil‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Chopped sentences with too many conjunction, and repeating the subject again and again

I have tendency to write chopped sentences with too many conjunctions, repeating the subject again and again. I don't want that but I'm not skilled in English. For example how do write the follow...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by user5126‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I make it so that my story isn't resolved so easily? [closed]

I'm writing a screenplay for a project in my film studies class and I'm close to resolving the conflict, but as I near the end, it feels like it's being resolved far too easily. In summary, the st...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Jodast‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the main aspects to have in mind to write a screenplay or dramatic text? [closed]

I'm an actress but I also want to start writing my own stuff for good so I can develop them into film or play. I've been writing but something keeps missing! So what are the main aspects to write ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by BeaSilva‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do we write a movie script with a view towards establishing all of the visual symbolisms and how they should be interpreted?

How do we write a movie script with a view towards establishing all of the visual symbolisms and how they should be interpreted? Often, movie scripts often only have dialogues and some very brief ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by blackbird‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Indicating fill pieces in a script

I'm writing a script that involves an interview with a person a la 60 minutes or Behind the Music. I'm a little confused if the "fill pieces" should be formatted as "recorded" or "prerecorded" in i...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Karen Kelly‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A About sound effects

I'm writing a script that shows a speaker interacting with their audience. The speaker finishes speaking and the audience reacts. I wrote it like this. Loud CHEERS from the audience. I'm wonderin...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Karen Kelly‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to name indistinguishable henchmen in a screenplay?

A large group of indistinguishable henchman feature throughout my screenplay. What is an acceptable naming method for them? Let's say I wanna call them 'Red shirts'. Can I ... A) Call them all RE...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format quick flashes in a screenplay?

Question : In my screenplay, the main character occasionally suffers quick flashes, like visions. I have been unable to assert if I am formatting these correctly. Please also note the single and do...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is Social Media Science Fiction?

I am writing a science fiction story (actually a screenplay for a film, but I imagine that for the purposes of this question the same rules apply) and I have been told that it isn't really science ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user124‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to script two scenes happening simultaneously?

I am writing a movie where a character has an interview with a news reporter. The scenes segues into a character profile of the interviewee that features a voice over from the interviewer. How woul...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Karen Kelly‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write character's emotional reactions in a screenplay?

Question : When writing my screenplay, I frequently find the urge to describe a character's emotion. However, I have read somewhere (I forget where) that this should be left to the actor to some ex...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Andy A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A News shot in screenwriting

I'm writing a screenplay that incorporates various news shots. I plan to use various news shots as expositions. My story takes place in the future, and I want various news shots that display the to...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Karen Kelly‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Adapting dialogue from a novel into a screenplay

I would like to adapt a novel I wrote into a screenplay, and I was wondering if there are things to take into consideration before taking the dive. The novel doesn't have a lot of dialogue and I th...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by repomonster‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Formatting for a visual medium: Screenplay or transcripts?

I have a specific way of writing when it comes to describing things in a visual medium, like video games, movies, or shows. I'm not a prose writer; I always wanted to write for visual media, not no...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Screenwriting Techniques: Emotional Projection

NECESSARY INFORMATION Recently I saw someone on the internet say that Revenge Of The Sith was so powerful because of an effect called "Emotional Projection." This means that when you see the movie...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by John F101‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭