5 Attractive Traits of Great Scripts You Didn’t Know

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If you are a pretty knowledgeable storyteller or more specifically a screenwriter, a few of these may be familiar to you. On the other hand, if you are just starting, you need to consider them when you are developing your story.

Getting a script right comes with its unique set of peculiarities, many of which you have to navigate to get it just right. Although there is a generally accepted formula for writing scripts, and good script writing software can help with that, there are, however, a few gems that can be found in great scripts.

A Character to Care For

You may have had your characters in mind before you even started writing your story. Your protagonist,  your antagonist, and all the other characters that help them along the way. This is perfectly okay, nevertheless, you should build your main character or characters so the audience can conveniently care for them. Even if your main character has some questionable characteristics, the progression of your story should make the audience want to see him/her succeed notwithstanding. An example of this is the empathy we felt for Ahanna of Rattlesnake, an emerging gang member who wanted to escape his deplorable life, to a flashy one, by robbing people.

A Deep Desire

Your main character must have a deep desire that he/she wants to be fulfilled. This motivates the entire story and for this to work, there must be an opposition. This could be in the form of an antagonist or circumstances that hinder the character from achieving said goal. Over time there has been strong evidence to suggest that “the bigger the opposition, the bigger the stake, and inherently, the better the film”. This is a key element and we see it even in the best stories, Alhaja Eniola Salami of King of Boys wants a seat at the political table and the entire movie revolves around her trying to achieve this goal.

A Ride-Along

Your audience wants to go on the journey with the character. It is not always advisable to fix plot points abruptly. The audience wants to know the back story, even if it’s just a taste. This helps the audience identify with the character, in such a way that they see themselves in the character. As we follow Inspector Danladi Waziri of October 1, it is seemingly we (the audience) that are trying to piece the case together with him. He narrates his findings in a flashback, but in reality, he’s carrying the audience along on his investigation journey.

A Specific World For The Character

Seeing the world through the eyes of the character always helps the story. The way the character views people, things and places around him/her should be apparent. It gives the audience a better understanding of the story. This means that your script needs to establish the character’s mindset through interaction with other characters or with the circumstances placed around him/her.

An X Factor

This is more or less the part where you infuse a bit of magic into your story. The aspect of the story that the audience would find intriguingly irresistible. The genre of your movie would most likely inform this. This could be a special ability, a hidden treasure, an inheritance yet unclaimed, and so on. Whatever it is, your script would look a lot better with it.

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