Amazon Kindle highlighting eBooks are wonderful research tools because you can search, highlight, and notate them in ways you never could on paper. I'm still referencing the highlights I took a year or two ago, and they're always at your fingertips thanks to living in the cloud. Topical RSS subscriptions Stay current on your topic. Browsing these subscriptions hint: put them all in a folder and then browse the folder's feed can be a good way to start the day in that it can reorient you to the world of your story.
Ease into it I wrote this note when I found myself struggling to engage at the beginning of every screenwriting session. I would be fine after minutes of focusing, but during that initial period I would be distracted, irritable, and generally unsatisfied with my thought process and level of focus.
So I wrote myself a note: Realize that it's going to take you time to get into it, every time. Don't expect it to come to you right away. Ease into it. Hand-write an outline or a diagram. It's not something for posterity, it's not something you're going to refer to next week or next month, it's just an exercise to get you oriented. Split view s Somehow I got through high school and college and never really understood split views in word processing and now screenwriting.
I can view two different sections of the document at once? And then I can turn one view into a scene view or index card view and persistently display my outline? Wow, that makes way too much sense.
This section is only here for the 0. Not "and then. A simple rule of thumb like this can go a long way. The page is predominantly empty, but that doesn't mean that you don't have a lot of thoughts on what's going on -- for yourself, for future drafts, for others, etc.
Final Draft's "ScriptNote" feature is ostensibly the way to make such notes within the screenplay doc itself, but in my humble opinion, ScriptNotes suck. They feel like something from the s: there are a bunch of little icons scattered all over your document and if you want to print them out, they all show up in a separate printout detached from the actual script.
If Celtx has a better way of making annotations on the script, feel free to share that in the comments. Revision may involve deleting unnecessary material or rewriting parts of the paper so that the out of place material fits in smoothly.
In a research paper, problems with cohesion usually occur when a writer has trouble integrating source material. Overusing paraphrased and quoted material has the same effect.
Use Checklist Checklist Make sure entertaining quotes or anecdotes serve a purpose. Have I included support from research for each main point in the body of my paper?
Have I included introductory material before any quotations? Quotations should never stand alone in a paragraph. Does paraphrased and quoted material clearly serve to develop my own points? Do I need to add to or revise parts of the paper to help the reader understand how certain information from a source is relevant? Are there any places where I have overused material from sources? Does my conclusion make sense based on the rest of the paper? Make sure any new questions or suggestions in the conclusion are clearly linked to earlier material.
As Jorge reread his draft, he looked to see how the different pieces fit together to prove his thesis. He realized that some of his supporting information needed to be integrated more carefully and decided to omit some details entirely.
Jorge decided that his comment about pizza and birthday cake came across as subjective and was not necessary to make his point, so he deleted it. He also realized that the quotation at the end of the paragraph was awkward and ineffective.
How would his readers know who Kwon was or why her opinion should be taken seriously? Adding an introductory phrase helped Jorge integrate this quotation smoothly and establish the credibility of his source.
Read the body paragraphs of your paper first. Each time you come to a place that cites information from sources, ask yourself what purpose this information serves. Check that it helps support a point and that it is clearly related to the other sentences in the paragraph.
Identify unnecessary information from sources that you can delete. Identify places where you need to revise your writing so that readers understand the significance of the details cited from sources.
Skim the body paragraphs once more, looking for any paragraphs that seem packed with citations. Review these paragraphs carefully for cohesion. Review your introduction and conclusion.
Make sure the information presented works with ideas in the body of the paper. Revise the places you identified in your paper to improve cohesion.
Optional collaboration: Please exchange papers with a classmate. So they go back and edit it, work at it, and it was just detailed in that first draft that it was almost like they were making it their final draft. So, I want to share with you some thoughts that I had about getting your book out of your head and onto paper in record time.
I really, truly believe that many of you out there are writers. You might have manuscripts in process, yet because of over thinking, perfectionism, and just wanting it to be right the first time, those manuscripts have never been published.
I want it to be so high quality and I just got stuck. No one has to see your first draft. No one! Not even your editor. Your first draft is for your eyes only. You have to get that first draft out of your head and onto paper. A book idea does not impact lives. A book idea does not earn royalties. A book idea does not bring you more business. In order to get that idea into a published form, you have to first get that first draft. Outline Your First Draft I want you to think about that.
Your first draft is not your final draft. Do not feel like it has to be polished, edited, or fully annotated. I actually recommend that you write without editing. The process that I teach in Author Audience Academy is to first outline, brainstorm, and outline.
But if you are a jaguar when it comes to reading and a tortoise when it comes to writing, change the distribution to two weeks for research and four-plus weeks for writing.
Get started right away so that you have time to polish that paper into perfection. You will do better if you put most of your energy into a great rough draft, leaving the final draft for polishing your prose, checking details, and so on. I can take my time: The five-week plan Depending on the length of the paper and the number of sources you plan to use, you may not be able to take your time at all. You should take care of those issues when you write the rough draft.
Situation 2: The Paper Assigner gave you three months, and you spent the first two-and-a-half chasing the perfect wave on your surfboard.
But if someone's having a conversation next to me and I can hear every word, there's just no way.
Sure, you may occasionally go back and re-read a few things, but really focus on getting the content out. The latter sentence is precise. I'm still referencing the highlights I took a year or two ago, and they're always at your fingertips thanks to living in the cloud. Revising strategies you can use include the following: Read your paper aloud.
Be sure to adapt the following guidelines to your own strengths and weaknesses. At least that's what your professor will say when you get your paper back marked with a letter from the nether regions of the alphabet. In a research paper, problems with cohesion usually occur when a writer has trouble integrating source material. I hope that this has helped you.
Do not number scenes. The last two days people got so much done, there was breakthrough after breakthrough. Overusing paraphrased and quoted material has the same effect. Add in the television industry, independent films, and markets outside the United States and there are thousands of professional screenwriting opportunities every single year for storytellers just like you. As Jorge reread his draft, he looked to see how the different pieces fit together to prove his thesis. Your left, or inside, margin needs to allow space for the three-hole punch binding, so that should be about one-and-a-half inches.
They often must be retyped or have to go through a complicated conversion process to get them ready for production. To the printout! It makes it easier to estimate screen time from the number of pages. How would his readers know who Kwon was or why her opinion should be taken seriously? Reread it to find any statements that affect the unity of your writing. Make sure to use, or at least name, the most important literature and theories you are going to involve in your studies.
The top margin is one of those rigid rules: It needs to be one inch.
My sentences are varied in length and structure. Sometimes, when we're not sure what we're talking about, we try to use big words. What transition words or phrases did Mariah add to her paragraph? But a screenplay also serves a necessary secondary purpose as a tool for the filmmaker.
That's your thesis statement. Keep your paper simple. Do a grammar check. For one, they fill up space and can inflate a three-page paper by almost half a page.