Unexpected character


#1

Hello, I’m new to this whole scene, I’ve never wrote a story before so this is my first story. I was trying to follow a YouTube tutorial for script writing and I got confused, in the YouTube tutorial they included curly brackets to their script and I don’t know where to add them in, I also recieved an error saying UNEXPECTED CHARACTER and now my story won’t save. I have to admit I do have some learning difficulties and struggle with understanding some things and I struggle to explain some things too, which also means I’m a slow learner. Hopefully someone could help a new girl out? This is also my first ever post to forums…

Here is the script

INT. BLACK - NIGHT
NARRATOR
Episode 1 - Gossip Girls

EXT. ST JEZEBEL ISLAND BEACH - SUNSET

@LOULOU enters from left to screen left

@CARLY enters from right to screen right AND CARLY is hug_rear

    LOULOU (talk_greet)
Hey Carly

    CARLY (talk_excited)
Hey Lou
I missed you so much!

    CARLY (talk_happy_smile)
Aww! Well I'm here now so let's catch up

    LOULOU (talk_excited)
How have you been girl?

    CARLY (talk_gossip)
I've been good.. I have so much gossip for you!!

    LOULOU (listen_gossip)
What kind of gossip are we talking here..


    CARLY (talk_sheepish)
Wait...
Jenna, is over there

    LOULOU (talk_confused_mind_blown)
Should we go over and talk to her?

LOULOU
...

choice
"We should go over and talk to Jenna"

LOULOU (talk_think)
We should go over and talk to Jenna.

CARLY (talk_awkward)

Let’s go Jenna needs a friend right now.

"Stay where you are"


LOULOU (talk_neutral_deny)
Maybe we shouldn't,Jenna looks busy. 

CARLY (talk_happy_agree)
Yeah you're right.

LOULOU (talk_happy_smile)
Let's go somewhere else and have that gossip..

@LOULOU exits left

#2

Hi there! About the curly brackets, I only use them for choices. Try typing “choice” and then ENTER. The brackets should appear automatically and then you can write the choices where it says “option1” and “option2”. If you want to add more choices just copy and paste.
Hope this helped :wink:


#4

Hello!

Is this what you mean to do?

LOULOU
...

"choice"

"We should go over and talk to Jenna"{

LOULOU (talk_awkward)
We should go over and talk to Jenna.

CARLY (talk_awkward)

Let’s go Jenna needs a friend right now.
}

"choice"

"Stay where you are"{
}

#6

This is what I have for the second choice :]

“choice”

"Stay where you are"{
}

LOULOU (talk_neutral_deny)
Maybe we shouldn't,Jenna looks busy. 

CARLY (talk_happy_agree)
Yeah you're right.

LOULOU (talk_happy_smile)
Let's go somewhere else and have that gossip..

@LOULOU exits left

#8

Sorry haha, doing my best here.

“choice”

"Stay where you are"{

LOULOU (talk_neutral_deny)
Maybe we shouldn't Jenna looks busy. 

CARLY (talk_happy_agree)
Yeah you're right.

LOULOU (talk_happy_smile)
Let's go somewhere else and have that gossip..
}

@LOULOU exits left

#10

Hmm, it still won’t save. An error has appeared saying

"Error unexpected block end: Did you forget the { which goes with this }, or forget to put the word “choice” at the start of this choice option? "


#12

I’ve never done that before, how do I report a bug?


#13

Did you put the word choice in those things ("")? Because choice just needs to stand on it’s own, and it’ll automatically turn cursive if you typed it out.

Like this:

choice
“Stay where you are” {

LOULOU (talk_neutral_deny)
Maybe we shouldn’t Jenna looks busy.

CARLY (talk_happy_agree)
Yeah you’re right.

LOULOU (talk_happy_smile)
Let’s go somewhere else and have that gossip…
}

@LOULOU exits left


#14

Yes I wrote “choice” like this and it turned red. Should I keep those “” in or take them out?


#15

You need to take them out! The word choice itself has to be cursive, only the options like “Stay where you are" belong in the “” and only they are supposed to be red.


#16

I took “” those out from the words choice. Now it says Error: Unexpected Dialog “We should should go over and talk to Jenna”{


#17

This is your second option, right? Could you please post the code to your entire choice here? It sounds like there might be something wrong with the brackets


#18

I’m not sure what you mean by ‘code’ Sorry I’m very new to this.

This is what I have in my script.

LOULOU

choice

"We should go over and talk to Jenna"{

LOULOU (talk_awkward)
We should go over and talk to Jenna.

CARLY (talk_awkward)

Let’s go Jenna needs a friend right now.
}

choice

"Stay where you are"{

LOULOU (talk_neutral_deny)
Maybe we shouldn't Jenna looks busy. 

CARLY (talk_happy_agree)
Yeah you're right.

LOULOU (talk_happy_smile)
Let's go somewhere else and have that gossip..
}

@LOULOU exits left

#19

No problem, I haven’t been here for that long either :slight_smile: And that’s totally right!

So, the word choice only needs to be mentioned once. After that both (or more) options follow accordingly in the brackets. The general scheme is:

choice
"option 1" {

dialogue + happenings that belong to option 1 

} "choice 2" {

dialogue + happening that belong to choice 2

}

And that’s all! :slight_smile: If you once get the hang of it it’s really good to understand!

In your story it would be:

choice
"We should go over and talk to Jenna" {

LOULOU (talk_awkward)
We should go over and talk to Jenna.

CARLY (talk_awkward)
Let’s go Jenna needs a friend right now.

} "Stay where you are" {

LOULOU (talk_neutral_deny)
Maybe we shouldn't Jenna looks busy. 

CARLY (talk_happy_agree)
Yeah you're right.

LOULOU (talk_happy_smile)
Let's go somewhere else and have that gossip..

}

@LOULOU exits left

BTW This here is a really good read to understand the basics of choosing better! It really helped me: https://www.episodeinteractive.com/write/guides

And I’m not sure what you mean with this part of the code:

You only need this and after it immediately add the choice:


#20

Thank you so much! The erros have been fixed. I’m sure the longer I’m around here I’ll start to pick things up, first day on forums so everything is a bit hectic haha. I appreciate you helping me out!


#21

Oh awesome! :slight_smile: And you’re very very welcome!


#22

And yes, usually you start picking things up really fastly and here are a lot of people who really love to help you if you have problems!


#23