By Vera C Uzokwe
How does script writing differ from other types of writings?
When I think about script, one thing that comes to my mind is “action” , and this rightly so because scripts are relatable to acting (action). I am talking mostly about screenplays here.
Unlike the prose genre, where the writer writes for people to read, a script writer writes for people to “see”.
A script “shows” while a prose “tells”.
This is one of the most glaring difference between a script and a novel. It explains why there are elements like the action tab, where the actions taking place in the scene are described ( a very important part f a script), and then the parenthetical ; where you describe how the actor reacts or how they render their dialogues. This goes a long way to tell us that scripts are about ACTIONS and VISUALS
So, my number one tip of scriptwriting from is that as a script writer, if you read back your script and you are unable to “see” the actions, then maybe you haven’t done a great job.
Digest this, and i will be back with more tips!