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Remember your first person POV is the narrator: When I am describing what is going on in third person, it wouldn't occur to address people about me as narrator. But in many ways, first person POV is simply third person where the narrator also gets to be one of the characters. The examples that EDL uses in his answer are very good (+1). It's all about keeping ...


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The way to stop overusing 'I' and 'I'm' is to examine the words following those terms. Usually, they are filter words -- thought, felt, heard, et cetera -- and are putting a kind of layer between your 1st person narrator and the reader. By writing more intimately, the filter words disappear For example, 'I felt angry because they were out of cookies' becomes ...


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I think you should start with a beat sheet; like Blake Snyder's 15 beat sheet, or Noam Kroll's 40 beat sheet, which expands on Snyder's. You don't have to hit every beat, of course, especially for a short film, but films do roughly follow this outline and timing. When you are done with the Kroll beat sheet, each beat is 2-3 pages in screenplay format to get ...


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