Screenwriter Tips for Novelists: Write a Script Treatment

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Screenwriters have all these steps that we go through before we write a script. We’re the exact opposite of pantsers. But all these stages serve a purpose. I’ve blogged about loglinesbeat sheetsoutlines, and scene boards. Today, I’ll tell you about treatments.

A treatment is a document used mainly by film screenwriters. It’s longer and more detailed than a pitch (1 paragraph) or a synopsis (1 page), but shorter than a detailed scene-by-scene outline (approx 30 pages), yet it tells the entire story from beginning to end. Treatments range anywhere from 5 to 20 pages.

Why write your whole story in this condensed format? I’ll give you 4 reasons…

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