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, Gender Overview, and General Stats, see the Lines by Type, Gender Overview 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 a continuous section of dialogue for a specified character. A Parenthetical will not interrupt a line, but a change in line type will.
  • WPL - average Words per Line
  • 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.
  • ?s - The percentage of the character's lines that are questions.
  • 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.
  • Gender - The gender of the character. This can be designated here if incorrect or not yet specified.
  • (Collaborator's name) - This column shows the % of that character's lines that were written by this collaborator.

Run Statistics Report: Reports > Script 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.

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