No, this is not a post about killing off ‘actual’ slugs (mini or not), but rather sluglines, which some of you may also know as scene headings or scene headers.

In recent years (and undoubtedly because of the internet), it’s become popular here in the UK to follow the American practice of NOT writing a ‘full’ scene heading IF characters are going, say into another room, within the same timeframe (whatever that means, literal or metaphorical):sluglines-vs-mini-slugI think so-called mini slugs are great. Sluglines aka scene headings should always be as plain as possible so as to not ‘draw’ the reader’s eye anyway, plus they give more of a sense of ‘movement’ or ‘pace’ to a scene.

So it’s a definite thumbs up from me but do note, there are no rules or guidelines on this, you CAN use traditional sluglines too.

More on Format on B2W:

Top 5 Screenplay Format Mistakes

The B2W Format 1 Stop Shop 

All About Scene Headings/Headers

The 5 Biggest Format Mistakes Screenplays Make

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