"Wordiness." This came up in another thread, so I thought I'd start a new one. I went back and rewrote the first theatrical feature screenplay I'd ever written. The original had roughly 20K words. The rewrite had fewer than 12K. That's like 40% fewer words! And here's the thing: Exact same characters, exact same story. Words are the screenwriter's arch enemy. Why? Because when a reader realizes he's reading, the "film" is over. I think it takes time to be able to write "lean." The writing needs to be clever. We write "long" because we want to make sure the reader "gets it." We don't trust ourselves. Yet. There's a large action film out there (can't recall the title) whose screenplay describes a long on-screen battle between two multi-thousand-man armies as, "They fight." That takes a bit of courage. Thoughts?