I'll just give all my main thoughts on it. Some of this might have been said already, and some of it might not have. And some of this, people may agree with me on, while other parts, they may not. But this has always been the way I viewed the transcript-style.
Transcript-style can be both the easiest and hardest way to write a story. It's easy, because dialogue isn't difficult to write at all. It's just a matter of putting the speaker name, colon, dialogue. The hardest part of THAT is just figuring out what you want the characters to say.
But it's difficult, because transcripts require FAR more description than even story Fics do. And it's not simply because it 'makes the story look pretty'. No, it requires more description, because you write a transcript, as if it's a movie or TV series. So you're essentially writing it as if you're going to give it to actors or actresses to physically act out the scenes. Obviously, you're not really going to have actors and actresses do this, but this is just the way you write it. Because of this though, you inevitably have to include more detail. You have to have information about the scenery, the location, what's in the background, where the characters are standing (sometimes, you have to be specific, depending on the scene), and most often overlooked, when a character speaks, you often have to describe the tone of voice and facial expressions at the same time.
That can be alot to remember, especialy if a writer isn't as experienced with FanFics. Ultimately, it falls on the writer's own preference. But before making any kind of decision on that, I would strongly recommend reading some of the script-based Fics that exist online. This is of course, a universal given. But it's worth emphasizing multiple times, because a surprising amount of people don't take this extra step, and it really is unbelievable how much this can help.
Last edited by SBaby; 30th May 2013 at 1:07 AM.
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