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Example Prewrites

A new way to write

Build your story scene by scene

An example of writing a scene with a heading, description, notes, actors and theme.

Prewrite was designed to block writer's block and help identify story problems at a glance. Write your best stuff first, fill in the blanks, and rearrange with ease.

Track vital story elements like structure, character arc, theme and tone on a per scene basis.

Vivid Personas

Find the perfect look for your characters

Problems with character development? It helps when you can see who you're writing about.

Jump-start your vision with thousands of headshots from The Movie Database or add your own.

Track Essential Story Elements

Great stories rely on a series of time-tested beats that, when used appropriately, keep readers glued to the page.

Prewrite maps your story's full emotional impact as part of the organic writing process.

1: Opening Image
2: Theme Stated
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11: Break Into Two
12: Fun and Games
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15: B Story
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20: Bad Guys Close In
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27: All is Lost
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31: Break Into Three
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35: Confrontation
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40: Final Image
Act IAct IIAct III
Int. Conference Room - DayInt. Classroom - DayExt. City Street - DayExt. Football Field - NightInt. Bar - Happy HourInt. Office Cubicle - MorningExt. Food Truck - DayInt. Dining Room - EveningInt. Bedroom - NightExt. Hunting Grounds - DawnInt. Hospital - MorningI/E. Car - DayExt. City Street - EveningInt. Chicago El Train - MorningExt. Alleyway - MorningExt. Backyard - DayInt. Kitchen - DayExt. Theme Park - DayInt. Tom's Apartment - DayInt. Bathroom - EveningInt. Hospital - MorningInt. Conference Room - DayInt. Basement - NightExt. City Street - DayExt. Football Field - EveningI/E. Car - DayInt. Office Cubicle - MorningInt. Classroom - DayExt. Parking Lot - DayInt. Bedroom - NightInt. Dining Room - EveningInt. Bar - Happy HourExt. Park - EveningExt. City Street - MorningInt. Gymnasium - DayInt. Classroom - DayExt. County Fair - DayInt. Bar - Happy HourExt. Backyard - EveningInt. Bedroom - Night
StatedExploredSymbolizedChallengedExploredStatedChallengedSymbolizedStatedSymbolizedExploredStated
Jack shows sophie his grandfather's rifle.
Sophie grabs the rifle off the mantle.
Jack's hand tremors.
Jack's misses shot because of his tremor.
Tom glances at Sophie's locker combination.
Sophie finds a valentine in her locker.
Ipsum lorem dolor acet grimundi crieo.
Curate melia publius corandi spondori.
Ipsum lorem dolor acet grimundi crieo.
Curate melia publius corandi spondori.
Ipsum lorem dolor acet grimundi crieo.
Curate melia publius corandi spondori.
Ipsum lorem dolor acet grimundi crieo.
Curate melia publius corandi spondori.

Take the scenic route

Capture the mood of each scene with beautiful, free images courtesy of the Unsplash community.

Develop a look book as you write with your own storyboards and images.

Image of a park.
Ext. Park - Morning
Image of a beautiful estate.
Ext. Folsom Estate. - Day
Image of an airport.
Int. Airport - Day
Image of a city street.
Ext. City Street - Day
Image of a soccer field.
Ext. Soccer Field - Night
Image of a restaurant.
Int. Restaurant - Day
Image of a food truck.
Ext. Food Truck - Day
Image of an office hallway.
Int. Office Hallway - Day
Image of a park.
Ext. Park - Morning
Image of a city street.
Ext. City Street - Day
Image of an office hallway.
Int. Office Hallway - Day
Image of a bar.
Int. Bar - Evening
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Download to Final Draft®

If you're looking to sell your script, it must follow strict industry formatting guidelines. One misplaced margin could send your work straight to the recycling bin.

Prewrite auto-magically exports your story for professional screenwriting software Final Draft®.

Prewrite is not officially affiliated with Final Draft.

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