The Ultimate Guide To Screenwriting Mistakes

The Ultimate Guide To Screenwriting Mistakes

Screenwriting mistakes.  We’ve all made them along the way.  Some are easier to spot than others but if you can spot them, it can mean the difference between a trash can and a producers eyes.

If you haven’t read How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make put it on your list.  It’s a fantastic book to read before, during and after you’ve completed a screenplay.  It’s especially helpful to have around when you’re rewriting your masterpiece.

In my opinion, the greatest mistake a screenwriter can make (especially if you’re new to the craft) is assume their first draft is perfect.  There isn’t a single successful screenwriter on the planet who types FADE OUT, hits print and flicks a green light next to their desk.  You have to perfect your story!  Rewriting should be a rewarding experience.  Treat the rewrite process like a conquest and each squashed mistake as a victory!

Below you’ll find over 30 articles which combined offer hundreds of fantastic tips and mistakes to avoid.  Take your screenwriting to the next level and check them all out.

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This Scene Sucks: 15 Screenwriting Mistakes To Avoid | Script Magazine

Top 10 Ways To Screw Up Your Screenplay | The Script Lab

6 Rookie Mistakes In Screenwriting | ScreenCraft

The 5 Biggest Format Mistakes Spec Screenplays Make | Bang 2 Write

The Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected | Script Magazine

Confessions Of A Genius Script Reader | Film Threat

38 Reasons Why Your Screenplay Isn’t Getting Recommended by a Script Reader | No Film School

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (And How To Fix It) | Lit Reactor

The 7 Mistakes Rookie Screenwriters Make | Raindance

10 Format Mistakes | The Story Department

5 Big Screenwriting Mistakes, 5 Big Fixes | Script Shadow

An Editing Checklist | The Black Board

Common Mistakes Of Novice Screenwriters | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

13 Things Bad Screenwriters Commonly Do | The Writer’s Store

Patterns In Screenwriters | Just Effing Entertain Me

Fatal Flaws In Screenwriting | Mystery Man On Film

10 Mistakes Every Screenwriter Makes | Filmmaking Review

Top 5 Screenwriting Mistakes | Stigmata Script

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make and How to Avoid it | Writer Unboxed

9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue | The Creative Penn

3 Most Common Bad Screenwriter Mistakes | Script Monk

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Distracting Your Readers | ScreenCraft

9 Common Script Formatting Mistakes That Will Kill Your Script’s Chances | Screenplay Readers

5 Screenwriting Pitfalls To Avoid | Script Frenzy

Avoid My Mistakes | Let’s Schmooze

10 Red Flags of The Amateur Script | The Story Department

Top 15 Mistakes That Screenwriters Make | Hidden Hollywood News

10 Stupid Mistakes Screenwriters Make | Raindance

The Six Fatal Errors In Screenwriting | Screenwriter Showcase

Common Screenplay Mistakes | Scribophile

Avoid The Most Common Screenwriting Mistakes | Examiner

Screenwriters, Sharpen Your Pencils: 10 Mistakes to Avoid when Writing a Screenplay | Theater Checklist

The Top 4 Mistakes Screenwriters Make | Suite 101

Six Quick Tips To Not Lose The Reader On Page One | Movie Bytes

Common Screenwriting Mistakes That Ruin Your Screenplay | Tom Lazarus

My Favorite Flubs | Script Magazine

Top 5 Mistakes When Selling A Screenplay | Screenwriting U

5 Story Mistakes Even Good Writers Make | Writer’s Digest

The Single Biggest Mistake That I See From New Writers: Their Concept is Not Marketable | Selling Your Screenplay

The Most Common Dialogue Errors | The Story Department

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