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Television and Screen Writing, 4th Edition by Richard A Blum

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How to Write Effective Scenes in Screenplays

In motion pictures, scene descriptions can be long enough to establish the full flavor of the place and action, but short enough to keep the pacing alive and the reader interested in the story flow and dialogue.

Problems and Solutions in Writing Scenes

Just as there are problems in dialogue, so there are predictable pitfalls in scene descriptions. Here are eight of the more common stylistic problems and solutions: Too choppy, too confusing, too redundant, too long, too expository, too technical, too expensive, and too potentially litigious.

Eight Pitfalls in Scene Descriptions, and How to Solve Them

1. Too Choppy

Some scene descriptions are written too choppily, presumably to account for each piece ...

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