WRITER’S EDGE: 5 Tips for Writing A Treatment

Steve Kaire is a Screenwriter/Pitchman who’s sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveKaire.

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A treatment is a summary of what happens in your three act screenplay. It is useful to write a treatment for several reasons.

1. A treatment can quickly indicate to a story analyst if you have structured your screenplay correctly. It will also show exactly where your inciting incident is
located.

2. Treatments can vary in length anywhere from three to twenty pages, the average length being ten. There is a specific format which should be followed. Treatments are always written in the third person using the pronouns he, she, or they.

3. Dialogue is not included and the narrative is written in expository prose. Example: As she walks down the street, two strange men block her path.

4. Treatments are double-spaced for easy reading. A cover page is attached which includes the title, author, registration, and contact information.

5. Treatments on their own are hard to sell but are valuable in crafting your script.

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One thought on “WRITER’S EDGE: 5 Tips for Writing A Treatment

  1. essayfilms

    Dear Steve,

    I was intrigued to read your comment about a treatment needing to be typed double-spaced. Is this the norm? I have yet to come across any definitive formatting instructions on this aspect .

    Cheers,

    Jeff McMahon
    Adelaide
    Australia

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