Don’t Write Down Your Video Scripts Word For Word – Do This Instead

don't write your video script word for word

Video making is part of content creation. Even as a writer, as time goes on, you might want to start making a few videos for your audience.

Making videos for your audience have several advantages. First of all, it gives you a chance to show your audience that you’re a real person, and not just a hand or a faceless individual behind a page writing stuff for them to read.

Secondly, it increases their trust in you, because with a video, your audience can finally see you. You’re not just a face behind a page anymore. They see you. Now, it’s as if they know you. So, it helps them have a more personal face to face relationship with you and build more trust in you and the things you say.

Thirdly, videos help you reach a different type of audience. Some people prefer to read words on a page, while others prefer to watch videos. When you make videos, you delve into a new audience of people, a new demographic. People that like to watch rather than read.

So, it helps you grow a much larger audience.

Now, all that is fine and good, but the issue with making a video is, especially for most writers like you and I is that, it doesn’t come easy the first time.

We tend to want to write a video script that includes everything we want to say in the video word for word, so we can read it to the camera, so we don’t make mistakes. We’re afraid we’re going to make mistakes, or are not going to remember everything we want to say.

In fact, the first few videos I made as a creator, I wrote everything down, word for word. I didn’t have the confidence to talk about the ideas I had in my head directly to the camera without reading it from a screen.

Then I later realised the error of my ways. Doing that is plain unnecessary and even more cumbersome in general.

Here’s what to do instead – Here’s how to write your video script

You don’t have to write down a video script that includes everything you want to say in the video, word for word.

When talking to people in real life, you don’t write down what you want to say before you say it.
When you’re asked about a particular matter, you reply from your head, and render your opinion about what you think.

I’m not saying you should not prepare before making a video. I’m saying you don’t have to write down what you want to say word for word in the script.

Before the camera comes up facing you, I don’t think you should plan to say very specific words.

I strongly believe when it comes to content creation and writing online, it’s all about rendering your opinion on specific matters in question.

It’s like you’re granting a reporter an interview. The reporter asks a question, you answer. There is no cramming of ideas to tell the reporter, you just answer to the best of your knowledge.

That’s why I’ve said it over and over. If you want to become a successful writer, a successful creator, you must talk about what you really know about, about a topic you have the experience and the knowledge to talk about.

So, when making a video, don’t write everything down word for word. Just ask yourself, what is the main point or points, or main idea I want my audience to take home?

What message am I trying to pass to my audience? Your main point can be one or it can be several. Just write these main points down.

Now, you can look at the camera, say a little intro, look at the first main point, talk about it. Look at the second main point, talk about it. Look at the third, expand on it on camera, and so on.

It’s as simple as that. You don’t have to write everything you want to say down, word for word. You just need to know the main points you want your audience to take home. Write them down, and expand on them on camera.

It’s like someone asks you what you ate for breakfast, and pointed a camera at you. Do you really need to write down your reply before saying what you ate for breakfast? No, you just reply the person, directly from your head, and say what you ate for breakfast.

That’s the same concept you must employ when writing your video scripts and making your videos.

All you need on paper or on screen, are the main points. Then you can look at them, and expand on them on camera.

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