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FORMATTING YOUR SCENE

FANLIB uses intelligent software to auto-format your scene like a professional script! To make sure that your scene looks as marvelous as it reads, keep the following formatting tips in mind.


QUICK TIPS:

1) HEADINGS:

Start new locations with: [Int. or Ext.] [Location Name] ­ [Day or Night]

Example: Ext. Jill's Garden - Night

2) DIALOG:

Put quotes around dialog blocks; start with character name followed by a line break.

3) END NOTES:

Use three asterisks in row (***) at the end of your scene, then write your End Notes.


EXAMPLE:
Below is an example of a properly formatted scene that incorporates Heading, Dialog, and End Notes.
(Note: It doesn't matter whether or not you hit RETURN extra times between the parts. FANLIB automatically compensates.)

 You Type...
     

 

 FANLIB Formats...
     
ext. jack's house - day
Jill approaches Jack as he walks down his driveway carrying a pale.

"Jill
(angrily) Alright buddy, I caught you red-handed. That's my pale. Now, don't try to deny it."

Jack scratches his head and holds out the pale for Jill.
"Jack
Sorry, lady. But some kid started a fire in your garden and I used your pale to put it out. Is that okay?"

Jill grabs the pale from Jack.

***
In the next scene, Jill should discover that Jack was lying.
 

EXT. JACK'S HOUSE - DAY

Jill approaches Jack as he walks down his driveway carrying a pale.

                             JILL
                     (angrily)
Alright buddy, I caught you red-handed. That's my pale. Now, don't try to deny it.

Jack scratches his head and holds out the pale for Jill.

                             JACK
Sorry, lady. But some kid started a fire in your garden and I used your pale to put it out. Is that okay?

Jill grabs the pale from Jack.

*****************************************************
END NOTES
*****************************************************

In the next scene, Jill should discover that Jack was lying.


HEADINGS
(Just start your action "Int." or "Ext." and FANLIB does the rest!)

The Heading is the way you tell the reader where and when the action in a scene takes place. Typically, you use a new Heading every time there is a change of location, or passage of time. Each Heading starts with either INT. for "Interior," or EXT. for "Exterior," followed by the name of the location, and the time of day (e.g. DAY, NIGHT, DUSK, etc.) Headings are always in ALL-CAPS, and always followed by a blank line.

FANLIB will automatically identify and format your Headings as follows:

 You Type...
     
 FANLIB Formats...
     
 Ext. Jill's Garden - Day    EXT. JILL'S GARDEN ­ DAY
 Int. Jack's Greenhouse - Night    INT. JACK'S GREENHOUSE ­ NIGHT


DIALOG
(Just put each dialog block in quotes "{dialog block}" with a line-break after your character's name, and FANLIB does the rest!)

When a character in your scene speaks, he or she is speaking "Dialog." In a script, dialog is formatted in a very specific way:

                                                      CHARACTER NAME
                                             (optional parenthetical)
                              What the character actually says when he or she
                              speaks is formatted like this.

FANLIB makes formatting dialog a snap. All you have to do is put quotes around it and a line-break after the character name. See examples below:

 You Type...
     

 

 FANLIB Formats...
     
"Jill
(angrily) Alright buddy, I caught you red-handed. That's my pale. Now, don't try to deny it."
"Jack
Sorry, lady. But some kid started a fire in your garden and I used your pale to put it out. Is that okay?"
 

                             JILL
                     (angrily)
Alright buddy, I caught you red-handed. That's my pale. Now, don't try to deny it.

                             JACK
Sorry, lady. But some kid started a fire in your garden and I used your pale to put it out. Is that okay?


END NOTES
(Put three asterisks, ***, and a line-break after the text of your scene, then explain what happens next.)

End Notes are a FANLIB convention that give you the opportunity to discuss particular aspects of your scene and what might happen in upcoming scenes should yours win. End Notes are separated from the rest of the scene by a series of asterisks, as follows:

*******************************************
END NOTES
*******************************************

FANLIB makes it easy to add End Notes to your scene by simply typing three asterisks in a row (***) followed by a line-break. See example below:

 You Type...
     

 

 FANLIB Formats...
     
***
Jack made up the thing about the fire and was really "borrowing" Jill's pale for his own greenhouse.

In the next scene, Jill should discover that Jack was lying.

 

**********************************
END NOTES
**********************************

Jack made up the thing about the fire and was really "borrowing" Jill's pale for his own greenhouse.

In the next scene, Jill should discover that Jack was lying.

DESCRIPTION
(Enter text normally.)

Descriptive text, that describes the action of your scene, is formatted normally. When writing descriptive text, just avoid any of the formatting tricks mentioned above, and FANLIB will leave your description alone.