# Prewrite Importer

Before converting your imported screenplay into a fully-fledged Prewrite project, you may want to use our review tools. Taking the necessary time address individual scene and character metrics will yield deep insights into your story's structure, cast, tone and thematic strength.

Please keep in mind that this tool is currently in beta and we look forward to your feedback and feature suggestions.

# Reviewing Scenes

Each scene allows you to enter meta data for Story Beat, Theme, Emotional Value and Notes.

# Story Beat

Prewrite is story pattern agnostic, meaning it allows you to tag your scenes with story beats from many widely used paradigms such as, The Hero's Journey, Save the Cat, and Dan Harmon's Story Circle.

# Theme

This section allows you to mark whether or not the scene addresses the story's theme in one of four ways:

  • Explored - The scene is touching on one or more aspects of the theme but not making taking a strong stance on the core message.

  • Challenged - The scene is playing devil's advocate and expressing the other side of the thematic argument. Doing this can keep the core message of the theme from seeming too preachy.

  • Stated - The scene makes clear what the author wants people to feel about the core message of the theme.

  • Symbolized - The scene presents a metaphor, either visual or contextual, that relates to the theme's core message.

# Emotional Value

Every scene you write must have an emotional impact on your characters or the audience. This section helps you track whether circumstances have improved or worsened by the end of the scene.

# Notes

Jot down anything important to your process here, this content will not make it into the final script.

# Scene Sidebar

As you review your scenes and input various metrics, the sidebar to the left will update to reflect global changes in your story.

# Jump To

This will initially allow you to navigate to each act, but as you add Story Beats to your scenes you'll be able to jump to these locations as well.

# Theme Scenes

This keeps a tally of all the scenes that address your story's theme in one of four ways. These methods of addressing your theme are discussed above.

# Emotional Range

This section displays the lowest and highest Emotional Value score found in your scenes.

# Analyze Text

This feature attempts to set the emotional value of each scene by analyzing the positive or negative language used. Usually the emotional value is determined by the change in circumstances (good or bad) for your character, something that is hard to interpret with a machine.

That said, clicking this button will provide insight into how one might feel when reading each scene and can often make a good starting point for mapping emotional context.

# Reviewing Characters

You can flesh out each characters' persona, archetype, want and need.

# Age

Age of the character when first introduced in the story. If your story spans a larger range of time and the character appears at different stages of their life, you should probably create separate characters e.g. Young Steve, Adult Steve, Elderly Steve after the import is complete.

# Race

You may choose a race or indicate that it's not-specified.

# Gender

You may choose a gender or indicate that it's not-specified.

# Archetype

Archetypes are character types that can be found in almost all stories. Including a wide variety of archetypes in your cast can make your story feel more timeless.

# Want

Depending on their importance to the story, a character should want something that is currently out of reach, and the only way to get it is for them to face extreme conflict. For now, be brief in describing the want. You'll be able to flesh it out further after import.

# Need

Again, if they are a major character, they should have an unconscious need. The thing that's really missing. Be brief in describing this too. You can flesh it out more later on.

# Characters Sidebar

As you flesh out your character personas, the sidebar to the left will update to reflect changes in your cast.

# Race

Provides an overview of racial diversity of your cast.

# Gender

Provides an overview of gender representation in your cast.