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    Posted: 27 Jul 2006 at 4:17am
Read a couple months ago where capitalizing sounds and other special effects is no longer the fashion.  So this write I didn't -- seems odd.  Anybody else not capitalizing -- would hate to get feedback admonishing me on that.
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Thank you , Joel. Yeah, I just want to know the word count. I'll check it out. Thanks so much!
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Final draft word count:

Tools -> Report -> Statistics Report

I'm not sure what you'd use it for. Prose is usually counted in number of words, screenplays are always counted in pages since the format is pretty standardized.

 
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Does anybody know if Final Draft has a word count feature and if it does where do you find it?
 
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Originally posted by trike trike wrote:

Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

Originally posted by MisterWrite MisterWrite wrote:

I'm gonna find my hook. And once I get it, I'm gonna knock it out in one go. That's how I normally work with shorts. To me, it's like masturbating - if you spend too long on it, you'll lose interest very quickly. And it may take a while before you re-find your momentum. The only problem is that you can potentially leave a very large mess at the end of it. And it could take a while to clean up.

 
How did I miss this one???  Perhaps you should change from MisterWrite to MisterQuick!


Or MisterWriteNow.

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Or MisterHurryupI'mlosinginterest
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Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

Originally posted by MisterWrite MisterWrite wrote:

I'm gonna find my hook. And once I get it, I'm gonna knock it out in one go. That's how I normally work with shorts. To me, it's like masturbating - if you spend too long on it, you'll lose interest very quickly. And it may take a while before you re-find your momentum. The only problem is that you can potentially leave a very large mess at the end of it. And it could take a while to clean up.

 
How did I miss this one???  Perhaps you should change from MisterWrite to MisterQuick!


Or MisterWriteNow.

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Originally posted by MisterWrite MisterWrite wrote:

I'm gonna find my hook. And once I get it, I'm gonna knock it out in one go. That's how I normally work with shorts. To me, it's like masturbating - if you spend too long on it, you'll lose interest very quickly. And it may take a while before you re-find your momentum. The only problem is that you can potentially leave a very large mess at the end of it. And it could take a while to clean up.

 
How did I miss this one???  Perhaps you should change from MisterWrite to MisterQuick!
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Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

I have a tip.  When you finish, do not be in a rush to send your script in.  After you finish, read through your script several times and eliminate all of the typos.  Concentrate on spelling and grammar and punctuation.  After you have it all perfect - read it again because you have missed something - a period where a question mark should be - a comma - something.  Then let someone else proof it.  The thing is this, you do not want anything in your script that will "take the reader out of the moment."  Any mechanical thing that is not perfect is a a distraction.  (see?)  If the judge pulls her attention away from your script because you misspelled something, you might just not get her back.
Great advice.
 
It amazes me how many people don't take the time to proof their own work.
 
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Originally posted by joeld42 joeld42 wrote:

Anyone who has done this before have any tips and advice for us newbies about what to do and what to avoid? Do you write one short and revise it over the week or write a few and go with the best? How do you deal with a uninspiring genre/topic? What do you wish you had done differently?
 
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I have a tip.  When you finish, do not be in a rush to send your script in.  After you finish, read through your script several times and eliminate all of the typos.  Concentrate on spelling and grammar and punctuation.  After you have it all perfect - read it again because you have missed something - a period where a question mark should be - a comma - something.  Then let someone else proof it.  The thing is this, you do not want anything in your script that will "take the reader out of the moment."  Any mechanical thing that is not perfect is a a distraction.  (see?)  If the judge pulls her attention away from your script because you misspelled something, you might just not get her back.
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Originally posted by MisterWrite MisterWrite wrote:

I'm gonna find my hook. And once I get it, I'm gonna knock it out in one go. That's how I normally work with shorts. To me, it's like masturbating - if you spend too long on it, you'll lose interest very quickly. And it may take a while before you re-find your momentum. The only problem is that you can potentially leave a very large mess at the end of it. And it could take a while to clean up.



Coming Soon: Writer's Viagra, complete with moist towelette.

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