This is a conversation prompt and opinion lightening rod.
I have seen people on here make statements like, “I have perfect formatting, heaps of white space, my characters change, but I still can’t sell my script”.
I would say to them that your craft is lacking. I always encourage story over form when a writer is learning.
I also believe the following:
1) we have to compete with a million terrible scripts, because people think the form is the writing. This encourages mass production of crap.
2) that this will never improve as there is an industry living on these bad scripts.
3) that a writer is better off learning story than anything else. It is the root of all things.
I am hoping for insightful discussions.