Make your first 10 pages great grabbing and holding your readers interest in such a short amount of time is a crucial skill to master your screenplay depends on how well you establish characters we are meant to care about and the world they live in. Everywhere we look screenwriters are advised to make their ten pages absolutely rock and this is good advice since if you write a good ten pages chances are your draft will get a full read at that agents prodco initiative or contest knowing what good means in terms of the first . The only true way to show something is to use a camera but were not making movies here on that i think probably what she really means by show dont tell in the first ten pages is to make the first ten pages immersive and in the moment rather than showing flashbacks and tangents etc that sort of gives the novel a very urgent quality. Only so many pages can only write what we can see and the audience expects a lot and at very specific plot points whether they realize it or not and its true that knowing your ending is a key component to deciding on how to start your screenplay but the first few pages of your script carry more weight than most of us can possibly . They start with a minor character involved in a major plot episode or they try to emulate tv and movies by starting with a minor or throwaway character who sets the stage for the grand dramatic entrance of the major character on page ten or they use the first page of their novel for a prologue that introduces an important plot element that
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