In this episode, you will get 10 practical tips on how to write amazing video scripts. A script is the foundation under any great explain the video. So let's get better at that craft and let's jump right in. Welcome.
My name is. And in the next 10 minutes, I'm going to give you 10 practical tips on script writing. It is one minute per tip, if you do the math. So I think we should just jump right into the first one, tip number one, Write like you talk.. Do you know, Paul Graham, he is an entrepreneur and one of the founders of Y Combinator and startup accelerator that does a million billion trillion investments a year.
And it gets a return on investment of a 1 billion trillion billion percent. So he's a smart guy. And what he says about. Why does he know anything about riding while he has a great block? And he has been writing a lot on that block. And this is where I have that tip for him from, he is saying, eh, If you simply manage to write in spoken language, you'll be ahead of 95% of writers.
And it's so easy to do. Just don't let a sentence through, unless it's the way you'd say it to a friend. And I think it's a really good point. I don't think it's very easy to do, but I think you should try to and strive for writing. Like you talk, right? Like your talk. That's a really, really great. It's easy to get very textual and very academic and your writing and that won't be a very good feel.
And I'm not very good tone of voice for your explainer videos. They'll get super dry though. Sound like you're reading from an email or something. If you manage to write like you talk, you are well on your way to writing a great explainer video script. Tip number two, delete empty sentences. Oftentimes when I see video scripts or I watch explainer videos, there is a lot of fluff and what you don't want it and explain the video is fluff.
You want informed information density. You want every sentence to carry some kind of important points and the, every sentence that doesn't take it out. For example, if I said in this video, you'll learn how to bake a cake. That's very formational. If I then continue. From the various start to the variant, that's kind of an empty sentence.
And I could remove that. It's up to you to decide what sentences are empty are nuts. Just to try to scan your scripts and figure out what sentences don't really contain any valuable information and see if you can cut that out and condense your script. So the information density per sentence gets. Tip number three, right in blocks.
What does that mean? It means that I use the enter key a lot on my keyboard. Every time I've written a couple of lines, I hit that enter into key a couple of times to leave a bit of spacing between my blocks of texts. Why is that a good idea? It's a great idea for your own sake. You can overview your script more easily.
If you create a little bit of a spacing between the, all the blocks that you have in your script. A block is a couple of lines that describe as. Topic or subtopic within your script. And when you're done talking about that little sub topic and leave a bit of spacing before you start on the next one, then you'll have not a wall of text, but a nice overview of all the different written blocks you have in your scripts.
It's going to be easier to for, for the narration person. If you narrate your script yourself, it's going to be easier for you to overview and read. If you send it off to a professional narrator, it's also going to be much easier for them to. And yeah, it's just a great habits to get into, to add a little bit of space and air around your blocks of texts.
So it's easier for you to manage and to move around. Tip number four. Yes. I really liked that setting called telephone vocal in garage bands. Tip number four is rights to someone who is just as smart but less. What does that mean? It means that you shouldn't talk down to people. You shouldn't simplify your way of describing things to a level where it's like, you're talking to a five-year-old.
You want to talk to a friend of yours who is just as smart, just less informed about the topic you are talking about. So an example could be animated. Video is fun to watch with bright colors and gentle music. It's a popular format among all ages. It's kind of a simple and a childish in a way you could say the same thing in a Maura I level kind of way animation video is growing in popularity due to its simplest aesthetics.
The format speaks to all age groups, the information that's the same, the tone of voice is kind of more respectful. And you know, you're talking to a smart person at eye level and that's much better for you. Explain a video. We are flying through the tips already halfway through. This is tip number five and the tip is use active voice.
So in a sentence written in the active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action in a sentence written in the passive voice. The subject receives the action. So two examples here. First, the active way to say this, the dog bites. The Pesach weights will say the same is the man is spin by the dock.
And other example, the active way to say this is we like to keep things simple. The passive way to say the same is we don't like when things are kept simple. So if you can flip your sentences to active voice, instead of passive voice, it's going to be shorter, simpler, and more direct. And that works really well in an explainable.
Tip number six, use Metta sentences, small pieces of, you know, half sentences that tie your full-fledged censuses together. So you want to tie things together. You want to take the viewer by the hands and guide them through your video. So built bridges from sentence to sentence, using small things like in order to do that or.
Aside from this and then comes to sentence. Right? So if I have a script saying we love to learn new things in order to do that, that's the bridge. We must put ourselves in. Mildness. Aside from this comfort, that was the bridge factors like accountability and application are important. So these small and meta sentences tie things together and take you by the hand and guide you from one sentence to the next.
So you don't just have these blocks of texts after each other with no relation in between.
Just spell it out. Don't use abbreviations or pronouns that cover up the actual thing. Say the word instead of a word that covers the word. Does it make sense? No, not at all. That's why we need examples. So first about the abbreviations I could say, but what ROI can you expect from investments in. No reason to act sparred here, let's just unfold that thing and say what it actually means, but what return on investments can you expect from non fungible tokens?
Right? That's the unfolded versions of the, this ROI and NFT just say return on investment and non fungible tokens. And maybe you can illustrate the abbreviations and your animations if you want. The other half of this seventh tip is to not use pronouns when you can use real words instance. So for example, this sentence, it's much easier to use this one than the alternative.
It's a fine sentence, but what does it really cover over? You could unfold it and use the real words by saying it's much easier to use the Sony a seven S than the Canon cameras, right? So you use the actual words instead of these and those and this, and that's use the real words to the actual words you're talking about as much as possible, and you'll be much better off with your script,
right? 30% of the. Rewrite 70% of the. So you never want to go with your first draft of the script. You want to first write it, then look at its rewrite. It's maybe read it out loud and rewrite it again. The point here, the tip here is that you want to use the majority of the hours you spend on your script.
On editing on rewriting on restructuring or on rethinking on rearranging, redo everything right out of the first time, write a quick draft, but never narrate that draft you'll never done after the first, right through off your video scripts. There's so much to gain here in spending a little more time on your video scripts than just rushing to the voice over a microphone and rushing to the animation program because.
Narrate a better script than you have written a script in first plane place. And you will never be able to kind of course correct your video by creating amazing animations. If the script and the voiceover is kind of bad. So write 30% rewrite 70% tip number. No. Use you, instead of talking in general terms, like I'm talking to you right now, you are the listener of this podcast.
So I should talking, be talking to you. And that's the same thing in explainers. You should never use general terms, like people in general, like to do this and that it is nice when the academics try to, like, as you say, say an academic, like you needs to be focused on a, B and C, right? So be more direct.
That's more engaging for the person that. Tip number 10 is to really just break the rules. There are no real rules. So script writing use mine as guidelines to start off with, but in time you'll get your own style in place. Maybe you can start off with what I've used and what I think really works well, but it's not kind of necessary to follow any.
Or any set of rules. So find your own style once you get good. I love to watch your explainer videos out there on YouTube and on the internet and see how you broke all 10 of these rules. I hope you got something out of it .Bye..