Formatting Script Headings 'Most playwrights go wrong on the fifth word. When you start a play and you type 'Act one, scene one,' your writing is every bit as good as Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or anyone. It's that fifth word where amateurs start to go wrong.
Back ina company called Writely was busy creating a new browser-based word processor that attracted the attention of Google.
Being the cash cow that it is, in March Google acquired Writely and employed its founders as they did with YouTube six months laterso that the Writely product could evolve into what we know today as Google Docs.
Today Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that can be accessed from any web broser, irrespective of device or operating system.
The editing window looks just like Word with a wide array of formatting tools. More than one person can edit a single document at the same time, meaning a group of five can all be contributing to their play script simultaneously on different devices in the classroom.
If more than one person is editing a document, their name and cursor position appears on the document for all shared members of the document to see. Groups can even chat about the developing play script in a chat sidebar as they write the content.
Because Google Docs is online and browser-based, group members can write a drama script at the same time in different locations eg. All they need is an Internet connection. You can share any document with just who you want to, but this can also include students sharing a script with their drama teacher, too.
Documents can be edited by up to 50 people and shared with up to people. Permissions can be set for different users to read or comment only on documents, but not edit. Documents can be downloaded and saved as doc, odt, rtf, pdf, txt, html, zipped.
Documents can also be printed, published to the web, emailed or have images inserted.
Google Docs represents real time collaborative learning. Almost every day I have drama students at different year levels share a Google Doc with me as their teacher; everything from scripts to master props lists to rehearsal schedules. In order to use Google Docs, a free Google account is required.Writing a one-act play can offer challenges to first-time writers, playwrights used to the full-length play format and screenwriters used to considering stories in a three-act structure.
On the other hand, writing a one-act play can be a great experience. A perfectly prepared script is important part of you play as your character’s actions will directly be connected to how well you have worked on your script writing.
Once you have plotted your complete story, characters and scenes, it is time for you to write a well-defined script. Writing a Minute play is easy! All you have to do is come up with an ingenious idea, figure an inventive and enthralling stage mechanism, employ riveting and tender characters, serve boiling hot action, and implant sensational dialog.
Template for a radio script, based on extracts from Bow Down Shadrach (Word 45 KB) Radio scripts on the Web There are a large number of radio scripts available on the Internet. Using a script formatter like Script Studio will automatically put your screenplay into the correct format, saving you time and hassle.
The left side of your script should have a 1 1/2" margin. The right side of the script should have 1/2" to 1" of margin. Writing good dialogue is an art in itself and sometimes novices tend to over-write it, making scenes slow, chatty and "play-like." Remember, people don't talk as formally as they write but on the other hand, keep slang and vernacular to a minimum and don't write out accents or regional dialects.