When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.

Week Two.

The above quote is from my favourite author, Stephen King.  I know I’m not writing a novel, but I feel that this quote applies.

This week I’ve been shaping and moulding my script.  Something that I struggle with, once the story is roughly on paper, is the fine tuning. Making sure that the camera angles and shots are in the right place… there is the right amount of detail… are the characters coming across correctly… and how on earth do I set out a montage correctly?!

I’ve been writing for years and years. I’ve done scriptwriting classes but I guess you never stop learning!!

The first thing I did this week was read over it,  and write a list of things to change and research. Then I set about doing those things.

Editing down your work and changing your original idea is hard at first,  because you grew idea in your mind from a tiny seed, and with each new branch, you got excited! Once you realise why that scene doesn’t work, or why that setting isn’t right, and what works better it can get easier. Of course changing something big will never be easy, it’ll just be for the best.

Thankfully so far I haven’t had to change much. The majority of it is rewording dialogue. In the past though I’ve struggled a great deal, even to the point that I’ve had to move a story from one country to another!

I seem to be using  a lot of montages in this script. I’ve used them for news footage; to try and portray the passage of time; to let the audience get to know a certain character within a minute. I love these sequences, and of course I want to write them correctly! It turns out that there are many ways to write a montage.  So long as you state where it starts and ends, then you’re pretty much doing it right!

However,  I’m aware that I might have to cut them down in my next draft. Now that will be difficult.

I’m still really enjoying this challenge. I love writing and I even have a nice new desk to work at!!

Until next time, happy writing.



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4 replies

  1. It’s tough, but you’re right, if it doesn’t work, it’s got to go! You need to be 100% objective, and try not to let an image or idea get in the way if it has no real purpose.

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