Example: Jane digs in the flowerbed for her ring. Moves to the yard.

I’ve seen this a bunch of times, but it still feels sort of wrong when I do it. I just want to know if this is “normal”.


Bonus question: are adverbs really so bad in screenplays?

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    I'm not sure what adverb rules you're referring to, but I'd suggest you forget them all and just use as many adverbs as necessary, but not more. Apr 6, 2018 at 13:14

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According to Write Right Now, using sentence fragments in scripts is standard.

But take a look at any half-competent screenplay and you’ll find it full of clipped sentences, which still make sense. This is because screenwriting is about communicating a plan of action, a blueprint, not a full-bodied description or a fortress of flawless grammar.

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