Feedback on a script. You know you need it.
But here’s the thing: everybody will give you their thoughts on your script. They’ll tell you what works for them and what doesn’t. However, it’s more than likely their view is going to be different than yours.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right and you’re wrong. It’s what they think, and you can take it or leave it.
When I was starting out, I figured the person giving me notes was more experienced than I was (why else would I ask them for notes?), so they must have known better, so I’d implement their suggestions without hesitation.
The result – my scripts were getting away from what I wanted them to be and becoming more of the other person’s.
Which is the total opposite result I wanted.
Only after constantly working and studying and rewriting did I get to the point where I’ll now get notes and have no qualms thinking “You make a good point, but I don’t agree with that.”
Sometimes a note will be the total opposite of what others say, which makes me take a closer look at it. I may still disagree with it, but it’ll make me think.
I’ve been on the giving end of that too; I give somebody notes, and am occasionally told “You’re the only one who said that.”
You can get notes until it seems like you’re heard from every single writer on your list of contacts, and no matter what any of them say you should or shouldn’t do, you’re the one driving this bus.
You are the one – the ONLY one – who knows what’s best for your script.
2 thoughts on “One opinion is not general consensus”
Nice piece. It’s always good to get a second opinion, but at the end of the day, that’s all it is…opinion.
I had the same problem. When I received. Notes I would follow them to the leader. After I made the changes in my dialogue shortening whittling away at the flavor. Then I would send it in to another contest this time the reader went out of their way to tell me how trite my dialogue was. In other words following to the letter what the other reader told me only made my story worse. Now I take each reades comments with a grain of salt. I don’t take what they tell me is it written in stone.