What We Mean By Actionable Feedback

By: Laura Huie


Whether you’re a writer, artist, or filmmaker, receiving feedback on your work is essential for honing your craft and refining your projects. However, not all feedback is created equal.


There’s a crucial distinction between feedback that merely points out flaws and feedback that empowers you to take concrete steps toward improvement. This is where the concept of actionable feedback comes into play.


Understanding Actionable Feedback


Actionable feedback provides specific, practical suggestions for improvement based on the craft elements of a script, such as dialogue, plot, characters, tone, and more. Instead of simply identifying what’s not working, actionable feedback offers insights into how to fix it. It goes beyond surface-level critiques to delve into the underlying issues and provides writers with clear direction for addressing them.


For screenwriters, actionable feedback can make all the difference in developing their scripts. It’s not enough to know that a scene isn’t landing or a character feels flat; writers need guidance on how to rework those elements to elevate their storytelling. This is precisely what Shore Scripts’ screenplay coverage services aim to deliver.


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Coverage at Shore Scripts


Shore Scripts’ coverage service offers screenwriters valuable feedback for taking scripts to the next level. Patty Papageorgiou, a screenwriter and former post-production coordinator in film & television, serves as Coverage Service Manager for Shore Scripts.


“We avoid using words like problem, poor or bad. We aim to be positive and encouraging,” said Patty. “If a script needs work or improvement, we will discuss the changes in a positive light. We highlight the issues and offer suggestions and constructive feedback on how to address these issues.”


Writers also benefit from Shore Scripts’ commitment to quality. Each report is reviewed before being sent out and it is this investment in delivering a professional, informed service that sets Shore Scripts apart from other services.


As part of the coverage process, writers can also send follow-up questions to their readers. Writers can also see their Coverfly rating potentially increase as a result of receiving good ratings through Shore’s coverage service.


But don’t take our word for it – see what writers who have purchased our coverage services have to say about our work:


“Shore Scripts connects you with the absolute best kinds of readers – real script-development professionals who offer perceptive and practical feedback with the aim of supporting the writer’s vision, not altering it. For any writer at any level of experience, there is no better place I know of to find out what works in a script and what really really really (really!) needs to be fixed.” – Adam Grabinski


“Having used a few different services now, Shore Scripts is definitely up there in terms of organized, actionable feedback. The readers we’ve worked with have provided nuanced notes and covered an array of areas that, on the whole, gave us the needed perspective we sought. We will be back for additional script services (and shout out to Patty P. who is fantastic with coverage response!).” -Thomas Gidlow


“This coverage was the best I’ve received for several reasons: 1) It pertained to the script more and to industry trends less. 2) It pinpointed key specific areas for improvement. 3)The feedback was for my movie, not the reader’s movie they wanted it to be. Thanks to the reader for the helpful and motivating coverage!” -Chris Velasco


Moving Forward with Confidence


One of the greatest challenges for writers is knowing what to do with feedback once they receive it. It’s one thing to be told that your script needs work, but it’s another to know how to approach that work effectively. With Shore Scripts’ coverage services, writers can move forward with confidence, armed with actionable feedback that guides them through the revision process.


Our goal is not just to critique your script but to help you transform it into the best possible version of itself. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting, our coverage services are designed to meet you where you are in your journey and provide you with the tools you need to succeed.


Learn more about Shore Scripts’ coverage offerings here.

Laura Huie is a writer and editor involved in comedy-drama screenwriting, fiction editing, and full-time marketing copy. Laura is also a freelance article writer for Shore Scripts and has worked with Script Pipeline on their live Symposium series. She is one-half of the screenwriting duo, Bloom & Huie. Together, they have written multiple television series as well as a feature-length film. Their mission is to write honest and witty female stories wrapped up in unbelievable worlds.


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