Why You Should Script It

A script is an incredibly powerful weapon in your strategy.

Between the general goal of creating a product and the learning of how to do each needed thing to accomplish it, there is the script. Although the script seems like just one part of what is needed to achieve the goal and the goal is not a script in itself, the script is the perfect medium right in between the needed skills and the intended vision. This should be recognized and when reflecting on it, you will be able observe that the script has long been the standard for many industries within the businesses that succeed at establishing themselves. Of course the script should be completely changed when not applicable, but it should not be seen as one small step within the development of your product but rather a highly integral bridge between your learned processes and a complete product of consistent quality.


Theoretically a script is not needed at all so that is why many may overlook it. Just as you could swim across a river, or if you happen to be particularly fortunate, you can fly across, a bridge is not absolutely necessary, but in most cases even if you have a plane or choose for your own self to swim, having the bridge available as an option, something both the fortunate and poor can eventually build, is also a leveller between all kinds of situations besides a connector between processes and missions. The analogical plane in this case would be having a team or army of people who all know well what they are doing working with you so coming up with scripts is easy, while being so habituated with the processes, final products that are good can be produced without a script on multitudinous occasions. However, just as a giant yacht needs a life boat, even those with the best resources need a foundation to fall back on. I know from my experience that even at my most seasoned, having a script allows me to be more consistent from one performance to another rather than risking the ups and downs of my unpredictable humanness. It is the script that pads that out and compensates for it.

After all even if you have a script it does not mean you have to follow it, but it is still better to have one!


Over this I experienced a battle between the two sides of myself; the one that wants to achieve general goals or dreams, and the side that focuses on going through the journey to become capable enough to achieve any dream on my own through with my own facilities, practical experience and intelligence. The dilemma when considering both sides was that I had come up with so many goals and ideas that the problem was no longer coming up with or moving towards good goals, nor having everything I needed to achieve them, but this; organizing how to actually manage the tracking and maintenance of the processes actually being implemented consistently in order to actually achieve substantial, focused and concentrated results of value at any given time in the most appropriate manner.

I ended up not knowing which idea to prioritize or focus on and how to concurrently tackle multiple ideas efficiently, a problem faced by those from the smallest startups to the largest organizations; I personally reached that level before having as much to physically show for it in a big way. Developing schedules, routines, lists and using more organizational tactics, tools, and systems however I have begun being better able to put together my abilities in the development of flexible, dynamic and functional methods that are more productive and coordinated for the best complete outputs. The documentation, disseminating and study of the Production Hackers way here on this blog has, at least in part, helped me to achieve this.


Now specifically, I realize that the development of a script for each idea was more central as it is; not just a rundown of the idea, not just having the experience and resources to achieve multiple ideas of interest, not only multiple documents and media fleshing out the idea. The script is more specific than them all as all of the above formats can be more easily derived from the script than the other way around.

The script provides composition, having to hold an idea together from beginning to end in a simple yet fundamentally powerful format. A script gives direction to the employment of abilities appropriately without going off track against the whole picture as much as is possible within or beyond its structure. Though it could be argued that a book of prose that fleshes out an entire world may provide more originality to derive from than a script, potentially deriving multiple scripts, a script will still need to be employed somewhere along the process connecting the book to the reader, whether it be a sales script to sell the book, the natural enthusiastic dialog of a friendly recommendation which is the precursor to a script, a written testimonial on the back of the book, or other form of script. That is why it can be better to revolve the work around the script than have the script revolve around everything else.


In other words, a script is an incredibly powerful weapon in your strategy when put together with a higher mission and authentic development that becomes an effective and sustainable system of growth. Therefore although I have worked, trained and learned to be able to develop final products through multiple strategies and processes, enough to be able to do so without a script, by emphasizing and revolving around a script, it makes it easier to further crystallize or better see from potentially more perspectives my vision and mission while giving a blueprint or reference to work from, against or with when producing, teaching or performing.


Though the closest thing I have personally focused on already that is similar is storyboarding as I have always been a proponent of storyboarding along with my being in demand for it, in effect that attitude only needed the slight modification of raising the status of the script more, since one script can be developed into many storyboards though the opposite is not so easily true, furthermore it is easier to develop a storyboard from a script than from a general concept or prose story.

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