ReWriting: Giving Your Script a Major
First rule of ReWriting: BE
Two types of scripts to ReWrite:
- One that was put in drawer long ago. You have to decide
whether this was great first attempt but time to move on or
is there potential here and time to work on it.
- One you just finished.
DRAFT 1 Ė one of the above.† Now
get to work.
DRAFT 2 Ė Only do the following during
- Get away from it.† If you just finished with Draft
1, put it away for a week or two.† Think over things
before starting Draft 2 stage.†
- Read it straight through.† Donít stop to think of
changes or new things.† Read it like a paid reader
- Start looking at it globally: beginning, middle, end.
- Make a lists of the scenes.† Look that list
over.† Are the scenes flowing?† Can you cut out
some that donít advance the story?†
- Are there big scenes, ďtrailer moments?Ē
- Do the scenes add up to a page turner?† Do you want
to know what happens next?
- Use the 3 Act Structure: beginning, middle, end.
- Ask yourself, did your script start too soon?† Too
- Donít hold back information.† Without information,
scenes become unclear.† Thereís more drama in knowing
whatís going on than in going for the big surprise.
- Put it away again; for a day, a week...
- Review & revise work done in Draft 2.
- Read it again, straight through.
- Look at main characters.† Do they have an
arc?† Do they change?† Are they pushing the story
- Read dialogue out loud.† Can you tell which
character is which just by their dialogue?† Do they all
sound the same?† Are they interesting?† Is there
- Trim, trim, trim.†
- Action lines/description.† Are they exciting?†
Boring?† Do they have the tone of the script?†
- Put script away again.† Donít look at for a day,
DRAFT 4 or POLISH DRAFT.
- Read it again, straight through.
- Rework all elements from draft 3.† Trim
again.† Make tight.†
- Are all scenes are necessary, propelling the story
- Are your characters are alive and real?
- Look at punctuation. †Nothing turns off a
professional reader easier than poor punctuation.†
- Have others read it but be careful who you give it
to.† Give to a reader you trust and value their
opinion.† Give to family or friend if you need to hear,
ďI love it.Ē
THE FIRST 10 PAGES:
HOW TO MAKE OR BREAK
of the first 10 pages.
- Good clean cover page
- Use good quality paper.
- Use good printer quality.
- Use conventional font.
- No extra papers.† Donít put in drawings, maps,
illustrations. †Just the script.
- Donít fudge margins or font size.
- Script length should be 100 Ė 120.
- Make sure thereís more white space than black ink.†
Nothing turns off a reader more than seeing the first couple
of pages all description/action lines.† Make sure
thereís some dialogue.†
- Use simple language Ė high school level.
- Donít direct.† Donít put in camera shots.
- Donít have boring character descriptions.
- Donít have boring action lines.
- New slug line for each location.
- Donít project charactersí thoughts.
- Establish a time period.
- Convey a distinct mood or atmosphere.
- Establish primary environment.
- Introduce main character.
- Provide relevant backstory.
- Introduce antagonist.
The Inciting Incident. Ė The major event that
propels the story forward.† Make it clear and exciting.
- Start at the exact right moment.†
Donít put in backstory or big descriptions upfront.†
Find the right moment your story starts.
- Know your ending before you complete your
beginning.† Youíll probably adjust your first scene
once you know your ending.
Readers Are†Looking For†COMING SOON...