I had a great notes zoom call with a script consultant this week for the animated fantasy comedy spec.
They really enjoyed it, and had a lot of nice things to say – about both the story and the writing. Admittedly, those were all very gratifying to hear.
But I was more interested in what they thought didn’t work, or at least could use some tweaking.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a long list – just a handful of things, really. And even better, just about all of them were easily fixable.
This has been my m.o. since way back when I first started. Yes, it’s great to hear somebody say nice things about your script, but I need to know what doesn’t work. How else can I make the script better?
It also helps that my readers have some strong analytical skills. They won’t hesitate to point out both the strengths and weaknesses in my work, and that’s the sort of thing a writer needs if they want to improve.
Naturally, I don’t agree with every single note and/or suggestion, but I can see where they’re coming from. Looking at your script from somebody else’s perspective can help you see issues you might not have even considered. That’s also helped me a lot as well.
It all comes down to the single most important question when it comes to notes and feedback: will this make the script better?
Based on my recent series of notes and how the subsequent rewrites/polishes turned out, I’d offer up a resounding “absoutely”.
Speaking of which, I went through and made some of the changes suggested by the consultant – which also trimmed it a little more to a pleasantly round 100 pages.
Now it’s out to what is hopefully my last set of readers. Once those notes come in and any appropriate changes are made, the shift into contest-entering mode can begin.
There’s also the soul-sucking process of having to write a synopsis, but I’ll focus on the positive stuff for now.