Page Eighty Seven!


I mean, I said it as a joke last week when I said that I couldn’t get past page eighty six of the screenplay rewrite that I was working on, but by Friday I was working on the script three times a day and I was still only on page eighty six by the time I called it quits.

“Ok,” I told myself. “If I have to skip to page eighty seven just to break this curse, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

Luckily, this was not necessary.

Now I’ve gotten into the part of the script that needs the most overhaul. Several of the characters have changed their M.O.s so quite a bit of the climax has to be rewritten. I’m wondering if I need to treat this as a second-first draft and just put down enough fresh words to get the bones in place so that I can really fine tune it in the polish. It’s surprisingly tricky work, but that’s what keeps it interesting.

And I’m glad that the new draft is sparking my inspiration just as much as the first draft did. I was happy with the first draft. Now I’m happy to be pitching big chunks of it out the window. I think that if I were just going through the script making minor word changes it would be a sign that either I was being too precious or the writing was dead and neither would bode particularly well for me to be able to turn out my best work.

So the process is continuing and I’ve got my workcut out for me (and now a hard deadline to keep me on task) so I look forward to seeing how the new climax will evolve.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 11, 2019.

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