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Most screenwriters find it much more efficient to write a first draft through, then come back for editing after you've given yourself a chance to let the ideas flow.
Everyone mostly has it's own process...those who manage to turn successful then lecture theirs as crucial...
I love that, it sums up what I'm like and I have friends who are writing novels that would appreciate this, may I share it?
Here's what I do: I plot out the premise VERY carefully, scene by scene, and I make it a goal to follow that blueprint from beginning to end. When I'm done, I go back and see what I can tweak or remove - each scene has to fulfill 2 requirements: develop the characters and advance the story. Both conditions must be met or the scene will be cut out (of course, when writing novels, I have some more creative freedom).
I think there are two sorts of people.
1) those who want to be a writer
2) those that want to write.
I am a “2”. I would write without success. I would write without any chance of a sale. When I explain to people that it takes forever and I agonise over each and every word, but that is the joy.
They don’t understand.
People that are “1” are valid. But that just isn’t me.
I'm a bit of both - I don't have any other major skill (I dropped out of high school in my final year) except for maybe working with computers and speaking multiple languages.
Stefano Pavone multiple languages is majorly cool. I am dyslexic (leftover from a brain injury) and couldn’t read when I left school.
People like you and I have an advantage. We didn’t learn everything from others. We have experienced the world. Not saying that education is bad. But there comes a time when it starts to beat creativity out of people.
I think that's more for novels but then again, I do know some writers who are more meticulous with their planning. I'm a fan of the vomit draft which means pushing out a first draft as quickly as possible. Then going back and working with that.
I never delete ANYTHING til I'm finished. Then I go back with a machete and a bunch of grenades.
So true! Exactly! And the work is never done. After I finished and published a book, I still would find things to improve in it, no matter how many times I thought it was already perfect. LOL!
Rosa, I'm sure there are people picking holes in Shakespeare somewhere. I never got on with it to start with, even though I work in theatre and have done shows with some of our UKs finest. Just doesnt tickle my fancy.
Did 6 weeks with Sir Ian Mckellen as Prospero in the Tempest- Yawn. Lovely, affable fellow though.
Incidentally, his next job was something called 'Lord of the Rings' - I wonder how that panned out for him?