REVISION TIP #1 – 10 Things to Know About Revision
10 Things To Know About Revision
By Jacob Krueger
Are you dreading your rewrite? If so, you’re not alone. Everyone knows that writing is rewriting. But for many writers, the rewriting process can feel so overwhelming that it’s hard to hold onto that creative spark that made the script worth writing in the first place. So, before you abandon ship and confine that half written script to the obscurity of your desk drawer, check out this series of articles. Each week, we’re going to be discussing a simple thing you can do right now to breathe life into your rewrite, and make the process not only effective, but also fun! #1 – Never Rewrite Without a Goal As any of you who have taken my Write Your Screenplay class know, a character without a goal is like a car without an engine. You can polish it up all you’d like, but it’s not going to go anywhere. And just like our characters, if we’re going to be successful in our revisions, we’ve got to make sure we’re effective in our goal setting, not only for our characters, but also for ourselves. That means setting a clear, objective goal for each draft of our screenplay, which allows no debate over whether or not it’s been achieved. For example, depending on what phase we’re in of a revision, we might set a goal like one of these:
- Make sure the main character is driving the action of every scene.
- Find lines of dialogue that feel a little familiar and either cut them or make them more specific to the character.
- Chart out the 7 Act Structure of the character’s change.
- Make sure the action on the page captures each image exactly the way you see it in your head.