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  • kenp
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    Me too - that's why I finish 2-3 specs per year.

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  • zz9
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    Originally posted by kenp View Post
    Again, let's agree to disagree.

    Sounds like you can't be bothered about error(s) like that.

    To each his own.

    -K
    No one is saying errors or typos should be "accepted", just that they are a fact of life. Even NASA for their most critical components will have a predicted failure rate. No component is ever going to be perfect, and lives depend on them!

    A writer should make every reasonable effort to ensure his script is free from typos, spelling mistakes etc, just as the script should be free from plot holes and factual errors.

    But once you've proofread it a few times and got a couple of friends to check it then spending further time will be wasted. Any errors remaining will almost certainly be minor and probably not noticed by a reader, and if they do notice, so what? No one will throw out a great script because the writer used its for it's on page 73 just as movie goers will not storm out of a movie and demand their money back because the lead actresses hair changed from behind her ear to loose in a scene.

    Give me a link to any produced script online and I'll find some errors. Perfect script? I doubt there is one. At random I opened The Godfather and found a question that ended with a full stop, not a question mark, on page two.

    In the time you could spend proofreading a script over and over you could be half way through your next script. I know which one is better use of your time.
    Last edited by zz9; 08-14-2012, 09:23 AM. Reason: To fix typo.

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  • madworld
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    Originally posted by nmstevens View Post
    You see, this simply demonstrates my fundamental immaturity.

    Because when confronted with anything that lets me type something in at random and have it played back by an attractive woman's voice, I can't resist typing in, "Hey, you look like a heaping mountain of cottage cheese stuffed into a sock." and then running it down through all the various voices -- Caitlin in her Irish English, Heather in her Scottish English, Jess in her Northern English -- and just finding it hilariously funny every time.

    Which goes to show that it just doesn't take much to make me laugh.

    NMS
    Me either. When I first got my iPhone, I wasted a ton of time on Siri haha.
    But with such great voices, all my dialog and action sounded good, so I had to quit using Caitlin and stick to the robot voices. It's a great way to proof for sure.

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  • titans
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    gooming is writing the writing ( play, script, novel,what ever), not the first draft

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  • SuperScribe
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    Originally posted by Ire View Post
    Ouch.
    LOL!

    Honestly, though, the point I was trying to make was that my buddy's script was so friggin' dope that I didn't notice a few typos.

    Oh, yeah, did I mention that his script was dope?

    It was.

    Typos?

    Pfffffft. Last thing on my friggin' mind.

    Unfortunately, my typo-less script (which I mentioned earlier in this thread) was merely typo-less. It was about as far from dope as is possible. But, hey, it was an easy read!

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  • Ire
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    Originally posted by SuperScribe View Post
    I read a buddy's script a while back and gave him notes on it. One of my first bits of praise was that I didn't spot a typo anywhere in the damned thing. I was so overwhelmed I went on for a paragraph about how exciting it was to read such a clean script. I gushed. I praised. I probably made a bit of a mess in my pants.

    And then a week later he told me that another friend had found three typos in the script.

    I was devastated.

    Devastated!
    Ouch.

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  • Ire
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    Originally posted by EvilRbt View Post
    A handful of typos will be overlooked and other mistakes (their/there) will be forgiven if clearly a rare misstep.

    Consistent and abundant typos and errors simply sends the wrong message to the recipient. Either, the writer can't write, or they don't take pride in their work. The only time I get irked by typos is if it's blindingly obvious the author hasn't even re-read their work.

    At minimum, you should read your material 4 or 5 times before giving it to anyone. The reading-backwards technique is effective. Also, if you read on an Ipad or a computer, print it out and read a hard copy.

    BTW, after 6000 plus scripts, I'm convinced the most common typo is "loose/lose."
    What ER said.

    HARD COPY, DEFINITELY. DON'T EDIT YOUR SCRIPTS WITHOUT COMBING OVER A HARD COPY OF YOUR SCRIPT.

    And go nuts with the grammar/typo reviews e.g., other eyes, your eyes, other eyes, your eyes, your eyes.

    But don't go OCD certifiable insane; other eyes, your eyes, other eyes again, your eyes, your eyes, somebody else other than the other eyes to review, another someone else to check on the review of the somebody else's eyes who checked on the other eyes' review. That kind of nuttiness.

    Save your OCD for "the wait" after you submit your scripts to competitions or agents/managers or prodcos. PACE YOURSELF!

    mmm CAPS. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THEM.

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  • SuperScribe
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    I read a buddy's script a while back and gave him notes on it. One of my first bits of praise was that I didn't spot a typo anywhere in the damned thing. I was so overwhelmed I went on for a paragraph about how exciting it was to read such a clean script. I gushed. I praised. I probably made a bit of a mess in my pants.

    And then a week later he told me that another friend had found three typos in the script.

    I was devastated.

    Devastated!

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  • kenp
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    Again, let's agree to disagree.

    Sounds like you can't be bothered about error(s) like that.

    To each his own.

    -K

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  • ATB
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    Originally posted by kenp View Post
    I'm not saying that the story/dialogue/writing isn't the most important thing, because it is... but you've got to spend the time and get your mistakes/errors down to zero.
    That time may be better-used by improving your story. A great story with a few mistakes? Who cares. A sh|tty story with no mistakes? Pass.

    I comb my script for errors, too. But I do it while focusing on the story, while improving dialogue, by cutting scenes or adding necessary info.

    By the time you've written, rewritten, edited and polished your script, you've read it upwards of a dozen times. Most, if not all, errors are gonna be caught.

    If one or two sneak in? It happens. But I'm not gonna go red in the eyes and blue in the face trying to find the one instance in which I typed peak instead of peek. Gimme a break.

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  • karsten
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    Originally posted by EvilRbt View Post
    BTW, after 6000 plus scripts, I'm convinced the most common typo is "loose/lose."
    Interesting. I would have expected it to be "it's/its," which seems ubiquitous.

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  • EvilRbt
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    A handful of typos will be overlooked and other mistakes (their/there) will be forgiven if clearly a rare misstep.

    Consistent and abundant typos and errors simply sends the wrong message to the recipient. Either, the writer can't write, or they don't take pride in their work. The only time I get irked by typos is if it's blindingly obvious the author hasn't even re-read their work.

    At minimum, you should read your material 4 or 5 times before giving it to anyone. The reading-backwards technique is effective. Also, if you read on an Ipad or a computer, print it out and read a hard copy.

    BTW, after 6000 plus scripts, I'm convinced the most common typo is "loose/lose."

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  • kenp
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    ATB,

    Let's just say we agree to disagree...

    It's a disgrace to accept the premise that "it's a fact" that mistakes will get through.

    And I hate to burst your bubble; my specs don't contain typos, etc.

    You want to know why???

    After my outlining, writing, and then rewriting based on my manager's/agent's notes - I take the time to proof each page again and again.

    I'm not saying that the story/dialogue/writing isn't the most important thing, because it is... but you've got to spend the time and get your mistakes/errors down to zero.

    It IS expected and it IS possible.

    To think otherwise is wrong... and lazy (some people care to eliminate them... and some don't)
    Last edited by kenp; 08-13-2012, 01:17 PM. Reason: added info

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  • Centos
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    Originally posted by Jules View Post
    I've been reading a Herbet Selby Jnr book 'Requiem for a Dream'. It's full of spelling mistakes, and poor, no, grammar too. And this was a respected writer.
    So, what's your point? Don't proofread your script and ignore typos and spelling mistakes? It's one thing to realize that a few typos or spelling mistakes will invariably slip through -- it's quite another to feel "entitled" to allow them to slip through. You always want to send your best work, and that means proofreading and (hopefully) finding others to proofread as well.

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  • Centos
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    Originally posted by ATB View Post
    Ridiculous, dude. Mistakes happen. We know that. It's the human element. We're willing to overlook a spelling mistake here and there because we, too, are not perfect.

    No one is perfect. No writers. No readers. Not even you.
    Still, you strive to eliminate typos and spelling mistakes so that fewer will make it through.

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