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Old 02-19-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Default Screenwriting Quirks You Might Have

I'll begin.

If I write more than three lines of dialogue, I always feel the need to break it up. And editing any dialogue to three lines w/o sacrificing its purpose makes me feel good. I get all haiku and sh+t with it, seriously.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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I'll begin.

I get all haiku and sh+t with it, seriously.


I revise as I go. It's like I can't move onto the next scene unless I'm near-100% satisfied with the previous scene.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:50 PM   #3
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I go straight through and don't look back. If I forget a character's name I write **WTF IS THIS AS*HOLE'S NAME* or something and keep going. One time I kept calling a cop "Whosits" because I forgot what name I gave him, so eventually I just changed his name to "Officer Hoosits".

If I stall I write what goes there in a note and keep going.

Aside from the occasional midnight inspiration about a scene, only when I'm done do I look at what I've written.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:52 PM   #4
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I revise as I go. It's like I can't move onto the next scene unless I'm near-100% satisfied with the previous scene.
Yup. I call it Word Tetris.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:20 PM   #5
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If the action's very important I never begin a new sentence on the same line as the first. Each sentence gets its own line.

Always gotta make my female characters tough. Tough mentally or physically or both. No Adrienne Rocky "be careful, honey" BS. She's gotta kick ass too. I'm very Cameronic like that.

I always think I've improved as a writer when I see fewer wrylies in my dialogue.

When I get a block I'll go to YouTube and watch some vids ranging from stand up routines to bulldog puppies (yes, I want one).
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I revise as I go. It's like I can't move onto the next scene unless I'm near-100% satisfied with the previous scene.
I am new to screenwriting, but I have to keep moving as well. The same is true in all of my writing. It is why first drafts of even emails get eviscerated during rewrite.

As for character names, thank God for "replace all." I also like " **WTF IS THIS AS*HOLE'S NAME*" as a place holder. You don't have a trademark on that do you?
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:42 PM   #7
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I revise as I go. It's like I can't move onto the next scene unless I'm near-100% satisfied with the previous scene.
I operate under a similar style of madness. I treat my first draft as if it's going to be the last. It will take a while to complete, but my extensive outlining and incessant revisions along the way will keep me from needing to write unnecessary vomit drafts. I couldn't write like that even if there was a gun to my head. It has to be as close to great as possible. There is no reason for it not to be.
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:02 PM   #8
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I use pre-printed worksheets to help me brainstorm/take notes.

I do multiple drafts of my outline & tweak my action & dialogue endlessly. But once I have the action/dialogue in place, I never dismantle an entire screenplay in order to do a massive re-write-- at least I haven't yet.
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:14 PM   #9
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I'm distracted and little uneasy, when I write with my back to the door, so I don't write with my back to the door.
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:36 PM   #10
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- I never write FADE IN because I don't like the 3 lines it takes up.

- Whenever I catch myself writing "He smiles" or "She smiles" as a reaction, I stop writing for the day. If that's the best I can do in terms of a reaction, my brain is probably fried for the day.

- I never let any of my characters cry more than once.

- I never allow my characters to roll their eyes as a reaction. I feel that's a cop-out way to show their disapproval of something. I feel the same way about sighing.

- I write everything I write that day in REVISION MODE of Final Draft. Then next day, I read over the un-black text. If I like it, I clear revised and move to new pages.
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