Rewriting begins with stating an intent

Reader question: Thanks for reading my script! Are there any specific scenes you recall that could do with being cut out?

Me: That’s always a tough question. It depends on where you want to go with the story. Imagine a guy has 10 sets of 10 colors of beads. He asks me, which should I take out. It depends. Do you want to go for warm tones cool tones, earth tones? Do you want the rainbow colors? All Blues? All reds?

Tell me what you’re going for and I’ll tell you what’s not helping that. But you need to be clear on premise, otherwis it’s hard to know what to cut.

A lot of screenwriting seems to happen without intent. If you know what you’re going for, you can get there, if you can’t say it, you’re going to get lost.

Published by Matt Lazarus

WGA screenwriter offering in-depth writing instruction, notes, critique, and assistance.

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