It’s always recommended that when you finish a script, you should put it in a drawer and not look at it again for at least two weeks. That way you can look at it with fresh eyes.
That’s what happened with the LUCY outline. Since I’ve been so pre-occupied with the DREAMSHIP rewrite, I haven’t looked at it since around Halloween.
I thought I had to get to a certain plot point in Act Two, but I’d forgotten I already had. A pleasant surprise, and it just needs a little tweaking. Nice.
Then I read the rest of Act Two.
What was I thinking? Way too overwritten. It drags, taking forever to get to where I want/need it to be. A lot of unnecessary scenes. And worst of all – my protagonist isn’t driving the action.
Strictly amateur hour.
I now see this as a challenge and opportunity to not only make some major fixes in this section of the story, but to do a massive overhaul in terms of editing and trimming the whole thing down. If I can cut something and it doesn’t impact the story, then it shouldn’t have been in there in the first place.
This will also have to happen with DREAMSHIP. My midpoint’s on page 60, and that’s around 5-10 pages too many.
Time to get creative and kill some darlings.