Some have asked whether spelling and grammar are important in your scripts and query letters.
In short – hell yes.
I once read a query letter where the writer spelled “heroine” without the “e” at the end. Apparently, the star of their script was an opiate.
In all seriousness, I couldn’t take that query letter seriously.
Bad spelling and poor grammar make you appear unprofessional. If your query letter has such mistakes, do you really think people will want to read a script likely riddled with such errors?
But let’s say you ARE fortunate enough to get someone to read your screenplay. If the script reader discovers one or two spelling or grammatical errors in the opening pages of a script, do you think they’ll keep reading?
Double check your work. Then check it again.
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