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Should You Specify A Character’s Race?

Foot, meet hornet nest So there are a few screenwriting groups on Facebook that I belong to. In one of them, a concerned writer had posted an excerpt of a script reader's review that said, "Why does the character need to be Asian?" The writer was incensed about this...

Does Anyone Really Care About Typos?

Yes, they do. Very much. For about 25% of you, this may be the most important article you'll read this week. Writers tend to break down into four types: Those who are fastidious about their writing and take great pains to make sure everything is written perfectly....

Is Your Scene Description Too Vague?

What do we see and hear? Fundamentally, your job as a screenwriter is to convey to the reader what they should be seeing and hearing, without bogging them down with unnecessary details. Sometimes the desire for efficiency, however, causes screenwriters to become too...

The Most Common Writing Mistake

Direct Address When it comes to proofreading, there’s one mistake I encounter more than any other — the failure to use a comma with a direct address. What’s a direct address? A direct address occurs exclusively in dialogue when a character is speaking to someone and...

Are You Using Naked Sluglines?

What's a naked slugline? Actually, even before that -- what's a slugline? A slugline is just another word for a scene heading. A naked slugline is a scene heading that has no action line(s) after it. It just sits there, exposed... then goes straight into dialogue....

O.S. or O.C. or V.O.?

What and When? For some reason, the different initials that can appear after dialogue cues trip up a lot of screenwriters. Let's have a look at what each one means and when the appropriate time is to use them. O.S. (Off Screen) O.S. is used when a character is...

Quick Tip: Page Breaks

Breaking Bad It's bad form to force a page break mid-sentence. That goes for dialogue and action lines. Some of the better screenwriting software programs will not even allow you to do this. They'll automatically force a page break after the completion of an earlier...

Secret’s Out – Proofreading Options!

Achievement Unlocked I've always been worried about becoming too bogged down with Scriptwrecked business to pursue my own screenwriting and filmmaking projects. As such, I've been secretly hiding a number services that I only provide to clients who specifically...