by Richard Trombly
I like to say that of the top 20 cardinal rules of writing, #1,7,13 and 20 are “You will rewrite.”
It is one thing that writers hate to hear. Why? Because writing is such a personal process and reflects upon a writer’s self image. When we have to rewrite something, it feels like we are being rejected personally.
It is a fragile thing, because in writing, we are delving deep into our soul and our psyche and exposing it to the world. And then it is subject to critique and we can feel despair as our work is challenged and rejected.
That in some ways relates to the main character of ANALYSIS. Tina is strong in some ways and is a genius, but she has trouble facing her peers because of the criticism and rejection she faces. She withdraws from society. And many writers never let people see their drafts and then are so fragile when their works of perfectly inspired genius are rejected.
And many short amateur film projects are someone’s “baby.” They are paying for their project out of their own project so they make the script they wrote. It may have flaws or weak spots, but they are writer, director and producer – maybe even lead actor. Who is to question them? But ANALYSIS is being produced by industry professionals and since our budget goes far beyond the $7,000 we are seeking to gain on Indiegogo, we demand for the script – and everything else to be as professional as possible.
I have been digging deeply into the story in this final rewrite of my short film ANALYSIS (learn more at http://www.indiegogo.com/analysis ) and though it is not easy to let go of lines and scenes that I liked (because they were personal things in my own life perhaps) I have had to devise scenes and lines that are even better.
But with each rewrite, it becomes better. Reviewers of a script add their own insights and that can make a script stronger. The writer just needs to keep a strong vision of their purpose and what we can the “spine” of the story and its characters. We must keep a clear understanding of the heart of the story or it will be lost as readers pull it one way or another. But if that vision is clear, those readers can help the writer to remove layers of personal vanity and make their points and characters more clear.
I have been in the painful process of rewriting this story in its final version and the task is daunting, but the results are powerful. I hope you will continue to follow this odyssey as we take this special project ever forward.