1.   Watch lots of animation.  

2.   Watch lots of different kinds of animation.  

3.   Think about the films you remember the most and ask yourself why.  What did they make you feel? How were you led to that feeling?  

4.   You know that bit in all those screenwriting books where they tell you to 'Show. Don't tell?' Well, they're right - and they're especially right when it comes to animation.  

5.   No script should ever contain the line "Woahhhh, let's get out of here!"  

6.   A story is not a single idea. The first idea you have is simply the first idea you've had. By striving for the second and third twists in any story you push yourself to better, more original ideas.  

7.   If you need to write an exposition scene where characters must tell each other several important plot points ALWAYS have them being chased by a dinosaur ( or something. )  

8.    If you're trying to get writing work don't send TV companies a script for a show you devised yourself. Evaluating a script with characters and a premise the reader doesn't know is very difficult. You risk them rejected your show, rather than admiring your writing skills. Instead write a spec script for a show that everyone  knows.  

9.   Don't take work from me! 

10. GO HERE for  lots more hints and  tips, plus a short history of writing for commercial animation -


If you'd like to see some examples of script formats ( which tend to vary from company to company ) you'll find them on the script samples page.