You become a great writer by writing lots and lots of stories, not by rewriting the same story over and over again.
It wasn’t until about the fifth draft of ‘sixth sense’ that I really began to figure it out. It was then that I realized he’s dead. It took me five more drafts to execute it right.
Currently, I'm working on my third rewrite of the year. At the start of the year, I made it a goal to rework three previous scripts, rather than start any new projects. This was my goal for a twelve-month period. As it stands, I seem to be on target, although getting this third concept to actually work is a lot trickier than I first envisioned. The concept and idea are there, but the actual execution of the story sucked somewhat in previous versions. Great idea! But this story is boring, slow, repetitive, and not much is really happening. Hence, the rewrite. But I'm going off on a tangent.
From experience, setting yourself realistic writing goals is a must. Otherwise, you end up putting way too much pressure on yourself, and not putting enough time, energy and thought into any one project. Writing a million screenplays in a year will not help you in any way, shape or form if they all suck!
As for which project or projects you should consider working on after putting aside that current draft of the one you've just finished.
Again, this is personal.
Have you made a list?
Do you have a folder on your laptop containing five possible ideas and projects that you're considering working on at some point?
Out of those five, which of them have you visualized scenes, characters, an actual narrative for?
How many notes have you made for each of those ideas?
I have a list of four projects.
Out of those projects, the two that I really want to write have by far the most notes. As I write this, I can see the opening scenes or sequence of scenes as the main characters are introduced in one of them. These opening scenes have been playing out in my imagination for quite some time. The same can be said of the other one. As for the third project, that's going to be a rewrite.
Cutting a long story short.
Which story or stories do you feel the most passionate about?
If they're continually playing out in your head, eating away at you, nagging your subconscious, then you probably need to get that first draft down on paper.
Welcome to Russell’s website. A storyteller who enjoys writing screenplays for movies. Even though the process is hard. It keeps his imagination working overtime.
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