Work on the outline of the comedy spec continues – with a most interesting development.
But first, a little backstory…
When I first approached this rewrite, I knew it needed a lot of work. A LOT. So I decided not to call it a rewrite, because it was much more than that.
“Overhaul” seemed perfectly appropriate. So that’s what I was calling it.
Problem was, that even with some quality notes, I wasn’t sure how to go about it. When I take on a rewrite, I’ll usually refer to the previous outline and see what I can do to change things around.
But that wasn’t working this time. Quite the opposite, actually. I was feeling stuck, making zero progress, which in turn was making me feel annoyed and frustrated. I was more and more in desperate need of some kind of solution.
I had a solid concept, but it was the execution that was giving me trouble. I knew where I wanted to go, but was having trouble getting there.
When I provide notes on a script, if I read something that feels flat or unoriginal, I’ll suggest “Try a totally different approach that gets us to the same point. Do a 180, or make a hard left – anything to really shake it up!”
It’s worked for other writers, so why not apply that sage wisdom to myself?
So I did.
It’s a lot easier to suggest “Wipe the slate clean and start over!” than it is to do the wiping and starting over.
But so far it appears to be just the solution I was seeking.
Although somewhat intimidating at first, the blank page soon became filled with new ideas and variations on old ones. Certain details remain the same, plus a few odds and ends, but for the most part, it’s become a much different journey to the original destination.
It was also surprising how easily the new material popped up. By not keeping myself chained to the previous draft, I was allowing myself the freedom to just try new stuff.
There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s a most satisfying start.