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Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Changes to SimplyScripts - post author Don


There will be some changes coming to SimplyScripts in the upcoming days and weeks. These changes are based on natural realities of the site as well as suggestions from many of you.

1. Format ratings are going away!
The format 8) , format 🙂 and format :B) are going away as will the , , format ratings.

You may have noticed that recently the quality of the formatting of scripts has improved. Not perfect, but much better than in the past. Since the barrier to properly formatting ones script has dropped to essentially free (for a beginner), I have been directing new writers to various free script formatting solutions as well as Anthony’s Excellent Article on Screenwriting Software which can be found in his excellent book How to… Sell your screenplay.

2. There will be a great purge of scripts.*
Any script on the discussion board with a one or two star rating will be removed. I will first notify the writers that his/her script will be removed and encourage them to reformat his/her script using Anthony’s E. A. on S. S as a guide for the best software solution.

*Plays will be exempted.

3. “My Script is Awesome, I’m not looking for feedback, I’m only looking to make a million dollars”
The Submit Your Script page will be updated so you can choose whether or not you are looking for feedback on your work. For the near future, I will probably continue to create a discussion board topic regardless of feedback status. That will help to ensure that any critique of a script isn’t falling on deaf ears.

4. pdf only and mandatory disclaimer
I will only accept scripts in pdf format. I may also require title pages that include the warning, “Copyright (c) 2016 This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.”

These changes will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks.

– Don

4 Comments so far


CJ Walley
September 23rd, 2016 at 9:06 am

Some choppy waters for us all here and I admire that you’ve found progress among all this, Don. While my feelings on the STS move are conflicted, there’s no doubt you’ve outlined some very positive changes here. Kudos to Anthony also who’s charitable guides have made some of them possible.


September 23rd, 2016 at 9:34 am


Thanks. With the wisdom of hindsight, I probably should not have lumped all the announcements together as some of them are mutually exclusive.

And I encourage you to buy Anthony’s book. I bought a copy and it is a great resource.

– Don


September 23rd, 2016 at 11:08 am


Also, mad, mad props on I’ve dorking around with Drupal off and on for a couple of weeks and have learned you have put together an amazing site from a near standing start.



September 23rd, 2016 at 11:26 am

Don, SS is an excellent site for giving new screenwriters the opportunity to learn, discuss and possibly have their scripts produced. It’s not a platform for political, social assaults. I support 100% the changes you have presented. And thank you for the great job you and Janet are doing.
Really amazing.

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