Some exceptionally helpful notes continue to come in on the latest draft of the animated fantasy-comedy spec. For the most part, very supportive and encouraging, along with some great suggestions for small fixes here and there.
But one note really hit home – not because it was overly negative, but because it touched on something that I’d been uncertain about.
I won’t go into too much detail, but it involves how in one sequence the focus shifts from my protagonist to set up the backstory of some important supporting characters. Even while I was putting it together, it seemed kind of odd and I wasn’t entirely sure it worked, but felt it was “good enough for now”.
Nevertheless, something about it still didn’t seem right.
Numerous options rolled around in my head as I strained to come up with a solution, but still nothing. Also not helping was that constant trepidation when dealing with a rewrite. Would I be able to come up with something that works the way I need it to?
So I decided follow one of the most important tips for writing, screen or otherwise:
I just sat down and started writing. I knew what I wanted to accomplish – have the protagonist be part of it, which helped guide things along.
And thus the words did flow.
Revised and totally new scenes were churned out over the next 60 minutes or so. As is my usual m.o., there’s probably more in the new stuff than I’ll need. Trimming the fat later shouldn’t be too challenging, but I’d rather have more than I need than come up short.
I also managed to come up with a few details that I could plant early on in the story that would pay off later, and came up with a joke that actually made me laugh out loud. Hopefully others have the same reaction.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Confidence and enthusiasm for this script continue to build.
But don’t get me wrong. There’s definitely more work that needs to be done, but this is a pretty encouraging step.
A friendly reminder – just two weeks to go until the Maximum Z Winter ’22 Script Showcase goes up (Dec 2), so make sure to send in the details about your spec screenplay or TV script ASAP.
All the info is right here: https://wp.me/prjnO-8yJ