by Herbie J Pilato
EDITOR’S NOTE: Our bud Herbie J Pilato is a very picky person when it comes to recommending a TV show, film, or book. And a book about writing? Oh my! But here the dear boy is, returning to TVWriter™ to recommend this one book in particular. Take it away Herbie J!
It’s important to write tight.
Not, “It’s SO important to write tight.”
See the difference?
No need to add the “so” and certainly no need to capitalize it like “SO.”
Whether writing a book, nonfiction or fiction, or a TV show, movie or play, scripted, non-scripted, reality, or documentary, keep your dialogue to a minimum; even your stage directions.
Get your point across with less verbiage. You know: less words. In other words, cut to the chase…with each sentence, which each line, with each word.
Certainly, there are moments where it’s important to be generous when writing words, as with poetry, or if you’re quoting some great thinker in one of your books or scripts; or if you have created a verbose or arrogant character.
But in general, it’s best to say what you need to say in a short and sweet way – as a writer, a character, or in real life as a candlestick maker – or even if one of your characters in your TV show, movie or play is a candlestick maker.
Utilize your best judgment and discretion.
Or, just use discretion.
Or, use discretion.
Or better yet:
You get me?
Here’s a wonderful book to help the cause:
Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean With Precision and Power by William Brohaugh.
Click on the link and order it.
As fast as you can.
Herbie J Pilato is practically a founding father of TVWriter™ and right now his official title is Contributing Editor Emeritus. We’re pleased as all hell to have him back today and are sure you will be too. Learn more about Herbie J Pilato HERE.