Script writing focuses on both hearing and seeing. While writing the script, you need to be hearing what it will sound like as the spoken word, and seeing how the script will interact with the actors for final production. To write a good script, your mind must to become a video reel with a quick pause and rewind button; playing the scenes as they come, stopping often to fix or replay.
Four tips to writing a good script:
- Know exactly what you’re trying to say. If you’re writing a script for a promotional video, know the content you’re trying to advertise before you begin. If you’re writing script for a fictional film, know where you want to end up—then you’ll be able to get there.
- Look at what other people are doing. If you’re trying to sell a certain flavor of juice box, look at other juice box ads; not to copy them, but to understand the lingo that works (or doesn’t work).
- Edit relentlessly. Read it out loud with your voice. Read it out loud in your head. Read it out loud with your best friend, or your spouse, or the old lady sitting next to you on the bus. The more you hear it, the more you’ll hear what needs to go.
- Learn to write dialogue well. Script writing is dialogue heavy—knowing how to write dialogue well makes the flow of the script much smoother.
It’s a thrill to watch people saying words you put in their mouths; not deviously, of course.