Descriptions in Scripts

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How much is too much? In a medium where every word is precious, how can a character, scene, or action be properly described while using as few letters as possible?

There is a difference between good description and too much description. Good description uses brevity to concisely convey the visuals.

Let’s take a look at some examples:

“On the dirt floor, John awakens in his shabby clothes and stares at the ceiling with a look of disgust.”

First phrase: “On the dirt floor, John awakens in his shabby clothes.” Good description. Shows the character’s location in the scene, gives him an action, and describes his wardrobe. What comes after falls short.

Second phrase: “and stares at the ceiling with a look of disgust.” He stares at the ceiling. How important is this action? Is any of this necessary to the plot or character development? The character…

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The writer of these words did not originally want to put words to paper, but to draw the glorious things he saw. However, he could not draw from images in his mind. He could only draw those things he saw that had been drawn by others. He then almost died one day and that urge to draw became the urge to write. Again, however, the fuel was not always there, and before he knew it it was his senior year of high school, and he was tasked to write a 50page novella for a final project. This became the fuel and started his path of being a full-time writer. He may have struggled and may have made no difference in the world of man nor money in his hand, but he still moves forward. He currently is writing a comic book that has an artist who draws the things that are envisioned. Life could be better, but it could be always worse. So he keeps his head low to write but high to live life. This is the story of this man, to know more, read the words he has put into the world of the web. View all posts by WhiteShadow

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