I have spent the last decade-plus writing in Hollywood and simultaneously writing articles for sites like this one. That means I feel like I have heard every blanket statement when it comes to screenwriting advice, tips, and tricks. In fact, I've probably heard it all ten times over.

Still, every time I sit down to write a new spec or complete an assignment, I always find myself drifting back to the tips and tricks we've all heard before, but probably forgot.

I began writing them down, and I now have 20 screenwriting tips to share with you. If you follow all of these, you're going to have a pretty good screenplay at the end.

Check them out below.

20 screenwriting tips we know but always forgetPhilip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote 'Capote'Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

20 Screenwriting Tips We Forget

  1. Start with a clear concept: Have a strong and unique idea that sets your script apart from others.
  2. Know your story structure: A solid understanding of the three-act structure and its beats is essential for effective storytelling.
  3. Write with a clear goal in mind: Always keep the story's ultimate objective and theme in mind as you write.
  4. Hook the reader in the first 10 pages: The first 10 pages of your script are crucial for grabbing the reader's attention.
  5. Write for the genre: Be familiar with the conventions of the genre you're writing for and use them to your advantage.
  6. Avoid clichés: Try to avoid predictable and overused plot elements and create fresh, original stories.
  7. Create compelling dialogue: Write dialogue that moves the story forward and reveals character.
  8. Avoid exposition: Minimize exposition. Instead, use visual storytelling and dialogue to convey information.
  9. Use economy of language: Write efficiently, using as few words as possible to get your point across.
  10. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite: Rewriting is a crucial part of the screenwriting process, so don't be afraid to make changes.
  11. Show, don't tell: Instead of telling the audience what's happening, show it through dialogue and action.
  12. Create strong characters: Develop well-rounded characters with distinct motivations, flaws, and personalities.
  13. Write visually: Screenwriting is a visual medium, so describe the shots and visuals that you want to see on screen.
  14. Write for the audience: Always your script accessible to a wide audience, not just for yourself.
  15. Edit and revise: Don't be afraid to revise and refine your script multiple times until it's the best it can be.
  16. Be aware of pacing: A well-paced script will keep the audience engaged and invested in the story.
  17. Use subtext: Let characters express their emotions and motives through subtext and actions, not just dialogue.
  18. Write tight: Avoid excessive description or dialogue and make every word count.
  19. Create a unique voice: Develop a writing style that sets your script apart from others.
  20. Know the format: Familiarize yourself with the standard screenplay format and stick to it

Do you have any screenwriting tips or tricks we should know? Let us know in the comments below!