“Screenwriters: Don’t Do This” Infographic


An anonymous script reader created this info graphic that includes a list of thirty-seven things he found were the common mistakes in scripts after reading 300 of them:


Not surprisingly, most of these are the things that go wrong in novels, too. Starting too late, not enough conflict, weak endings, all the classics are there. Click the link for an expandable image plus close ups.

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8 Comments to '“Screenwriters: Don’t Do This” Infographic'

On February 5, 2014 at 11:52 am Kay said...

I read this infographic and then applied it to this season of Sherlock. That was the most fun I’ve had with Sherlock for the last couple of weeks.

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On February 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm Skye said...

Excellent info graphic, worth printing and hanging up over my desk. If I had a desk. :) I saved the link for reference. Thanks!

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On February 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm lasvegaslinny said...

Looks great … just wish I could read it! It’s so small, and when I try to make it bigger it blurs. What’s the secret? Even tried printing it out.

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On February 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm Jenny said...

If you follow the link to the original site, they have an expandable jpeg plus close-ups of the different parts.

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On February 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm robena grant said...

Interesting, and timely, as today I begin the cold read of the latest story and then head into revisions. I’ll keep these points in mind. ; )

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On February 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm Redwood Kim said...

OT, but I would like to say that my husband, an inveterate comic book geek and unpublished novelist, greeted me at 10:00 last night with a recap of Arrow and a request to “check with that writer you like” to see if there was another discussion. He really enjoyed the other posts.

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On February 7, 2014 at 6:56 am Jenny said...

It’s such a great show to talk about because there So Much Stuff and because it’s so over the top. But recaps? You should be watching this. The Moira/Felicity showdown alone was great scene/character arc/expectation. It’a writer’s dream.

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On February 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm Abigail S. said...

As an avid reader, I have the hardest time with a weak ending, I can push through slow beginnings and have but weak endings are what kills the story for me.

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