Lines by Type and General Statistics

Using the Statistics feature in WriterDuet is a great way for a writer to see a snapshot of their script and to tell if certain requirements are being fulfilled. For example, if the script is required to have a certain number of Dialogue lines, this feature will show if that number is being met. Statistics can be run for the entire script, or in conjunction with a Report for a smaller range of information.

This tutorial will be focusing on the top half of the statistics window. For the bottom half tutorial, see article on Writing Metrics Statistics.

Keep in mind, you can limit the amount of the script you are viewing to just certain scenes by clicking the checkboxes in the scene cards to the left of the script. This way, you can look at statistics for an individual scene or specific scenes.

Definitions of Statistics

Lines by Type: Gives a breakdown of each Line type. Especially useful to determine if a script is heavier in one area than it should be (too many action lines, not enough dialogue, etc). The total number of lines in the script only reflects lines that have been classified with a Type (Character, Dialogue, Action, etc.)

General Stats: There is no ‘right answer’ for what these stats should look like, any numbers given below will be the industry standard, but not the rule.

  • Dialogue is – the percentage of a script that consists of Dialogue lines. Useful to see if a script needs more Dialogue or is too Dialogue heavy. The standard is in the 40-60% range.
  • Density – Since the industry generally prefers screenplays that are briskly paced and easily read, this statistic is extremely useful. It calculates the average amount of ‘blank’ space on a page. As a screenwriter, it is important to know if the overall script will appear text-heavy. If this number is high, it might prompt a writer to go through and find long Action or Paragraph lines that can be simplified or cut entirely. Monitoring the density and pace of your script may help improve its visual appeal to a potential Producer or Director.
  • Pages/scene – The number of pages per scene on average.
  • Page count – Total page count of the script. The general rule is a script should be no longer than 120 pages, however most professional screenplays are around 90-110 pages.
  • Word Count – Total number of words in the script, including all types of lines.

Characters: Shows how many characters are silent or speaking in the section of the script being viewed.

  • Silent – There may be circumstances where a character is present in a scene, but has no lines of Dialogue. While it may be indicated that this character is in the scene by the Action or Scene line, they will not show up as part of the Statistics page unless entered in the Outliner:
    1. Document > Outliner & Scratchpad
    2. At the bottom of the Outliner card where Characters can be seen, enter the name in the ‘Characters’ field.                                    EnterCharacterinOutliner
    3. Click ‘X’ to exit Outliner.
  • Speaking – The number of characters with Dialogue in the area of the script being viewed (can change if a Report is being run and only part of the script is being viewed).