Notes and Rewrites

Thanks to my local screenwriting group, I recently had the privilege to sit through a table read for my comedy screenplay.  It was an incredibly useful experience.  I got some extremely helpful feedback.  A lot of the recommendations were things I would have told myself – if I were coming to the screenplay fresh as an outsider.  So hearing the advice gave me many “Oh, yeah, of course”  moments.  I know I’ve heard people say that if you, even for a second, consider that something is wrong in your writing, then to trust that it is wrong.  This was the case for me.  A lot of the needed changes were things I already knew deep down were not working.  But hearing it from others helped.

So I was very eager to get to work on fixing problems.  But looking at all the notes, some contradictory, I couldn’t figure out where to start.  Until I got some sage advice from a friend in the group.  She told me that despite the great input, I needed to stay true to my vision — come up with my own solutions and tell the story I want to tell.  That was just what I needed to hear.  I know the story I set out to tell.  And when I put some thought into it, I knew just what I wanted to do…


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