Monday, April 18, 2011

Page-one rewrites and why they're necessary...

I have a script where the big problem is the age of the main characters. They're too old. As in, they're early-twenties chicks when really they should be high-school girls. Changing it is going to mean changing a LOT.

One of them was supposed to have her own apartment. Not anymore! The other was supposed to work in a bar - that's gonna have to go. And so on and so on.

But it's worth doing and I know in my heart that this page-one rewrite is going to pay off. Because writing the initial couple of drafts, it seemed forced. I was always trying to think of things for the characters to do, and one of them in particular never seemed to convince me as a real person.

Making them younger is going to solve a lot of that. Things that were too simple for a twentysomething to deal with will be challenging for a 17-year-old. And challenging is what we all want for our characters - make them suffer!

Sometimes you have to chuck a lot of what you've written out and start again. And it's time to take a deep breath, take a big gulp of coffee, and start cutting....

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