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Warren
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Does anyone else find it extremely hard to hit the submit button on a newly completed script.

You can only go through it so many times right?

Do people have a routine they follow before calling it a day and releasing it to the SS universe?

For me personally. I just write, get it all out. If I worry about grammar, spelling, formatting early on it really distracts me from telling the story.

Next I fix the formatting, then I check every sentence has the correct punctuation at the end of it.

I see if the are any orphans I can fix up (Thanks Jeff).

I use Final Draft so then I get the program to read my script back to me. I find this very helpful for pacing. It will also highlight incorrectly used words.

Then I hit submit and hope for the best.


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I never upload completed scripts to SS. I upload first drafts, sometimes with known issues. I then wait to see if those issues are picked up by readers. I have a feature on this site that I uploaded after writing it in 8 days. 7 days to write the feature and 1 to edit it.

My grammar, spelling, and punctuation come naturally - aside from commas on occasion. Sometimes I use too many or put them in the wrong place.
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Quoted from Warren
Does anyone else find it extremely hard to hit the submit button on a newly completed script.

You can only go through it so many times right?

Do people have a routine they follow before calling it a day and releasing it to the SS universe?

For me personally. I just write, get it all out. If I worry about grammar, spelling, formatting early on it really distracts me from telling the story.

Next I fix the formatting, then I check every sentence has the correct punctuation at the end of it.

I see if the are any orphans I can fix up (Thanks Jeff).

I use Final Draft so then I get the program to read my script back to me. I find this very helpful for pacing. It will also highlight incorrectly used words.

Then I hit submit and hope for the best.


Don't have so much a problem with hitting the submit button as I do in being self-satisfied with what I have written. I do have concrete steps I go through (not dissimilar to yours) before I feel ready to launch.

1. I have a logic day - do all plot point or revelations make logical sense
2. A grammar and typo day - (I do use grammerly to help in this regard) - yet I still miss more than I should.
3. An action day - I look at each action word in the script and see if there was a better, more descriptive one - e.g., Dave walks through the door - vs. - Dave bursts through the door.
4. A chronology day - I go through each scene and label the time - day 1, night 2, morning 3 - etc. to make sure the timeline makes sense.

For me, I have found that I have to make those exclusive events - e.g., if I mix the grammar check with the logic check I end up in some never ending vortex that almost always ends in - this sucks - just hit delete and go have a beer.

My approach is rather anal, but it works for me and keeps me working on something. Probably really a to each his own thing.


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I could probably use an "action day", My writing still tends to be quite undescriptive, to the point where I feel I could give it a little bit more spice.


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I could probably use an "action day", My writing still tends to be quite undescriptive, to the point where I feel I could give it a little bit more spice.


Yeah, I think it helps. I know when I write I am blasting through pages rather than focusing on what is the most vivid/descriptive word to describe the action. Having a day that just concentrates on that has proven useful to me.


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Flowers and spice and all things nice... come in the final draft for me, by choice.

The first few drafts are all about writing a cohesive story. Beautification comes last but is just as essential. Be wary of overdoing it though too. It has to come off natural and flow effortlessly. Else, you'll just be another writer that tries too hard.
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Quoted from Dustin
Flowers and spice and all things nice... come in the final draft for me, by choice.

The first few drafts are all about writing a cohesive story. Beautification comes last but is just as essential. Be wary of overdoing it though too. It has to come off natural and flow effortlessly. Else, you'll just be another writer that tries too hard.


That'll work for many for sure.

However, for me - I often base what I'm doing on my attention/mood - some days I am feeling creative and others more analytical. So rather then waiting for the end, I'll I try to focus the specific task to where my mind is.

e.g., I am 90% done with a feature. Got creativity block today. So - just to keep things going. I'm doing typo/grammar work on what I've written so far (and also obviously perusing SS)


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That'll work for many for sure.

However, for me - I often base what I'm doing on my attention/mood - some days I am feeling creative and others more analytical. So rather then waiting for the end, I'll I try to focus the specific task to where my mind is.

e.g., I am 90% done with a feature. Got creativity block today. So - just to keep things going. I'm doing typo/grammar work on what I've written so far (and also obviously perusing SS)


I do similar at times. I've also started writing short stories again. Writing two or more things at a time stops me from getting bored.
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I do similar at times. I've also started writing short stories again. Writing two or more things at a time stops me from getting bored.


Yeah - I have to have multiple things going -  often find when working on project A will come across an idea that would work in Project B


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