THOUGH: What I like about my brief time on this site so far… I’d say, it is certainly how examining loglines trains your mind to become almost razor sharp and surgical about the thinking process. It’s almost like you condition yourself to mentally strip your sentences into their raw ideas. Great stuff.
I agree with your post, trying to succinctly explain an idea is invaluable in a lot f ways. My problem is, I find myself keeping the word count down by keeping things vague and I’m still trying to become more specific (usually with my character’s intentions) within the word count. I imagine the day I figure this out is close to the day I sell my first script, but I will always be a student.
I don’t agree, however, with your comment Foxtrot, that screenwriting is two forms of writing. You have dialogue and action, yes, but I don’ see them as separate from one another. They should work together to elevate each other and the piece as a whole. Simply, action tells the story and dialogue gets across character (although both should tell each other, in between the lines). But, if you wanted to break it down, I would be hesitant not to include the fact that even well done scene headings, transitions or a parenthetical can dramatically shift the whole mood of a scene. Thanks.
Yup, I’ve been a member longer than anyone active on this site (I think I was the fifth person to sign up) and have been benefiting from that this whole time.
Also, I keep recommending this to other writers as a daily exercise to help train their critical thinking.