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What exactly is the Readability Scale telling me and how is it determined? Thanks in Advance.
It's in some ways a beta, and more a first use of the API we'll be using to draw emotion curves.
The readability score is a screenwriting adaptation of a Flesh Readability Score, which is often used to grade the complexity of professional papers. It values short sentences and words with fewer syllables. So it's a scoring system based on paragraph length, sentence length, word length, and in our case also some screenplay metrics, like penalizing especially long dialogue lines.
Basically, nobody wants to read screenplays, and if you want it read, it helps if it reads at a 5th grade level, and the eyes jump down the page. If you keep the readability score over 70% or so, you'll find that it forces you to get the gunk out of the writing, and do pithy, snappy writing.
Don't write against a readability score, just check it if you're in a polish phase anyway. It's an algorithm, so it's naturally dumb, and could give a low score to something that's great. But if all your beats are ranking lower than 50%, your writing is probably too dense.
I hope this helps!
Thank you! That is very helpful.