Writing Metrics Statistics

Writing Metrics give an overall view of how much a Character contributes to the story. They can also give an idea of the rhythm and pace of a Character’s speech pattern.

For descriptions of Lines by Type and General Stats, see the Lines by Type and General Statistics Article.

Definition of Terms: some of the components of the Writing Metrics section are used across the industry, and some are specific to WriterDuet. All statistics in this section are averages based on lines of Dialogue spoken by Characters.

  • Action – the number Action lines in your script will appear above the list of each character’s name and number of Dialogue lines. This helps you compare the amount of Action lines to the amount of Dialogue in your script. While there is no industry standard for the ratio between Action lines and Character lines, this statistic can be helpful for a writer to better understand their style of writing.
  • Lines – the number of Dialogue lines spoken by a character. Each character’s name is listed next to their number. A line is defined by one individual line of text. In the example below, Jack has 3 lines and Guy has 9 lines.
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  • Blocks – number of blocks of Dialogue a character has. A block is defined by a continuous section of dialogue for a specified character. A Parenthetical will not interrupt a block, but a change in line type will. In the example below, Jack has 2 blocks and Guy has 2 blocks.
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  • LPB – average Lines per block. Number of lines divided by the number of blocks. In Action lines, the standard is to keep them short and sweet, averaging no more than four (4) lines in a block.
  • SPW – average Syllables Per Word. This helps to see the complexity of the language used by each character.
  • LPW – average Letters per Word.
  • WPS – average Words per Sentence.
  • WPB – average Words per Block.
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  • Complexity – Based on Flesch Kincaid reading ease model. The Flesch Kincaid reading formula calculates the reading level of any text by using a specific mathematical formula. These calculations use the average sentence length and average number of syllables per word to determine readability ease. Since the reading and speaking complexity is vastly different for most people, WriterDuet has altered the formula to be geared toward speaking complexity. This can help a writer work on each character’s unique speaking style and complexity. For example, you would expect a Child character’s Dialogue to have a lower complexity percentage than a Doctor character’s.

Run Statistics Report: Tools > Statistics – statistics will be calculated for the portion of the script currently being viewed. For example, if a scene card is checked so that only that part of the script is active, the Statistics will only be calculated for this section. Statistics can also be viewed for any Report that is active, or be applied to the entire script.