Make your first 10 pages great grabbing and holding your readers interest in such a short amount of time is a crucial skill to master your screenplay depends on how well you establish characters we are meant to care about and the world they live in. The only true way to show something is to use a camera but were not making movies here on that i think probably what she really means by show dont tell in the first ten pages is to make the first ten pages immersive and in the moment rather than showing flashbacks and tangents etc that sort of gives the novel a very urgent quality. Only so many pages can only write what we can see and the audience expects a lot and at very specific plot points whether they realize it or not and its true that knowing your ending is a key component to deciding on how to start your screenplay but the first few pages of your script carry more weight than most of us can possibly . How to create great characters understand character arc put your characters in worst possible character intros minimize character direction top dialogue articles how to write great dialogue expositional dialogue on the nose dialogue excessive use of parentheticals foreign lang dialogue the better way use of parenthetical to charactername. We see both how the character comes across at first encounter and the truths that may surprise us once we get past first impressions and assumptions lesson 2 give characters interesting flaws writing great characters is impossible when all your characters are without fault
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