Pull up your screenplay or short story or novel or play. Do it now.
Got it? Now, search through and see if you use the word “seems” or “appears” or “looks” when you really mean “is.”
Toby seems upset.
Jimmy appears not to believe Sally.
Frank looks content.
These word really mean the OPPOSITE of “is.” Take a close look and make sure you are saying what you mean to say.
If Toby is upset, say so. If Jim thinks Sally is lying, tell us. If Frank is content, don’t tell us he is only pretending.
Your script just got better.