Is Feedback Destroying Your Work?

Is Feedback Destroying Your Work?

By Jacob Krueger

When I finished my first screenplay, I did what any self-respecting screenwriter does.  I sent it to my mom.  She read the script, and called me gushing with pride. For about half an hour, my mom waxed poetic about every nuance of the script: the story, the imagery, the profound metaphorical qualities. She only had one question.  Even though it all “worked”, she was a little bit confused about why the characters were saying certain dialogue to each other… “EXT. STREET – DAY” for example.

That was when I realized I was in trouble. She thought the slug lines were dialogue that the characters were speaking them to each other. And she loved me so much, she actually enjoyed it!

Good Notes And Bad Notes

As good as it feels to receive praise (and sometimes even helpful advice) about our scripts, we have to be extremely careful about who we take feedback from. Very few people actually know how to write a script that works.  And though I like to tease my mom, the truth is that much worse notes have been given by countless screenwriting teachers, development executives, and well-meaning professional writers. Whether it comes from a big time producer or a loving family member, it’s fairly easy for writers to recognize an obviously bad note. It’s the helpful ones that are truly dangerous.

As Writers, We Desperately Need Feedback On Our Work.

But when writers try to solve each other’s scripts, they usually end up doing more harm than good. I’ve added a series of posts about how to give feedback, not only for other writers, but also for yourself.   Make sure to check them out.

5 Comments

  1. Jon 9 years ago

    Awesome. Thank you!

Pingbacks

  1. […] — valeriaolivetti @ 10:13 Tags: Escrever, Motivacional, Roteiro Olá! Hoje temos mais um artigo do blog Write Your Screenplay, escrito pelo roteirista Jacob […]

  2. […] reminds us of the dangers of the wrong way turns of misguided feedback and the challenges we go in getting to truly know our characters, our stories, and ourselves each […]

  3. […] the real story might actually be. He reminds us of the dangers of the wrong way turns of misguided feedback and the challenges we go in getting to truly know our characters, our stories, and ourselves each […]

  4. […] I discussed in yesterday’s post, it’s easy for most writers to identify a obviously terrible note.  The real danger occurs […]

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

CONTACT US
Email: info@writeyourscreenplay.com
Call: 917.464.3594
CONNECT
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

© 2014 - 2022 Jacob Krueger Studio, LLC | Privacy & Terms of Use

JKS Holiday Party

Pitch Festivus!

Thursday, Dec 8
7pm ET/ 4pm PT
FREE!

Welcom Back!

Log in to access your account

Our website uses cookies to provide a better user experience. By using our site, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more about cookies and how you can refuse them.

Your seminar link is on its way to your inbox.

But wait… that’s not it!

Join us for a FREE WRITING CLASS!

Join award-winning screenwriter, Jacob Krueger, and industry pros for an hour of writing lessons and guided exercises. Every Thursday, via Zoom.

Sign up below for this Thursday’s class!

thursday-night-writes-free-screenwriting-class-jacob-krueger-studio

Tickets

Registration Information

Need Help? CONTACT US

We will see you this Thursday!

7pm ET / 4pm PT

Check Your Email For The Link

(Don’t see it? Check your spam folder)

Donate To Our Scholarship Fund

We match every donation we receive dollar for dollar, and use the funds to offset the cost of our programs for students who otherwise could not afford to attend.

We have given away offer 130,000 of scholarships in the past year.

Thank you for your support!

Other Amount? CONTACT US

Get Your Video Seminar

myth-three-act-structure-jacob-krueger-studio-free-seminar

Where should we send it?

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Would You Like More Information About Our Classes?
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Need A Payment Plan?

We like working with artists and strive not to leave writers behind over money.

If you need a payment plan or another arrangement to participate in our programs, we are happy to help.

Chat us or give us a call at 917-464-3594 and we will figure out a plan that fits your budget.

Join the waitlist!

Fill in the form below to be placed on the waitlist. We'll let you know once a slot opens up!