A script writer creates dialogue and stage direction for actors and directors. Script writers are often associated with plays, television shows and movies; however, other employment opportunities include helping write commercials, safety or demonstration videos for the workplace, and similar presentations that feature narration and/or role playing by actors.
The script writer is often provided with parameters for the script, such as projected running time, characters, settings or situations. For instance, a script writer may be hired to work on a television show and needs to write in a way to create consistent scripts that follow the various established aspects of character motivation and action. The script writer may be commissioned to help script commercials, in which case it is necessary to understand the goods or services advertised, and perhaps work within any tag lines or slogans presented by the brand. A script writer must possess excellent written communication skills, and he or she must write clearly and creatively. The script writer also needs to be able to work through various revision and draft processes and produce work on deadlines as required by directors or production staff.
Most script writers seek out a postsecondary degree in English, theater, creative writing or a related discipline; this education background may offer instruction in proper script formatting for time, stage direction and other technical aspects. Most script writers work fairly long hours writing, revising and conceptualizing scripts. They typically may work in an office or their homes, but may also need to be present on set for any revisions as well.
Script Writer Tasks
Edit and review content, updating for tone as well as new materials.
Convey information in an interesting and brand-appropriate manner.
Create, audit and test scripts for online interaction based on organization guidelines.
Review feedback and user data to improve customer experience.