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Minimize Character Direction

Actors do not like to be told when to nod, smile, laugh etc.

You can include such directions but do so sparingly.

Many non-pro screenwriters excessively include such direction - we have many non-pro scripts that include it on virtually every page.

The Rule

The rule is straightforward:

Only include character direction when the meaning would otherwise not be clear.

Excess character direction unnecessarily slows the read and worst case, can spoil it.

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