5 things an experienced script writer knows that a rookie doesn’t know

5 things an experienced script writer knows that a rookie doesn’t know

Writing a script is not just about putting words on a page. It’s about creating a story that engages the audience, conveys a message, and reflects the vision of the director. An experienced script writer knows how to craft a script that does all these things, while a rookie may struggle with some common pitfalls.

Some of the things that an experienced script writer knows are:

  • How to structure a script. A script should have a clear beginning, middle, and end, with a strong premise, conflict, and resolution. A script should also follow the standard format of scenes, headings, action, and dialogue, using proper punctuation and capitalization.
  • How to develop characters. A script should have characters that are believable, relatable, and consistent. A script should also show the characters’ motivations, goals, and arcs, using dialogue and action to reveal their personality and emotions.
  • How to write dialogue. A script should have dialogue that is natural, concise, and relevant. A script should also avoid exposition, clichés, and on-the-nose dialogue, using subtext and nuance to convey meaning and emotion.
  • How to create tension and suspense. A script should have tension and suspense that keep the audience interested and invested in the outcome. A script should also use stakes, obstacles, twists, and surprises to create drama and conflict.
  • How to revise and edit. A script should be revised and edited multiple times, with feedback from peers, mentors, or professionals. A script should also be proofread for grammar, spelling, and formatting errors.

These are some of the things that an experienced script writer knows that a rookie doesn’t know. Of course, there is always more to learn and improve

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'PELUMI A. Pelumi-Folarin

OLUWANBEPELUMI Adiv Pelumi-Folarin is a filmmaker with experience in project and organizational management. He studied creative production at the highly prestigious EbonyLife Creative Academy. He also did directing and post-production at the Africa Film Academy. PLM, as he's fondly called, has a professional credential in screenwriting from the University of Cambridge. He is the founder of Shining Africans Testimony, a registered NGO that has consistently and effectively lived by its tenet for more than a decade: "Changing Africans' mindset positively." Pelumi is the CEO of Shining AfriTest Studios. PLM is passionate about the emancipation of Africa and its people.

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