Posts tagged ‘rewrite’

September 18, 2013

Quote of the Day: Larry L. King

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.

March 7, 2013

Quote of the Day: James Michener

I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.
I find that three or four readings are required to comb out the cliches, line up pronouns with their antecedents, and insure agreement in number between subject and verbs… I can never recall anything of mine that’s ever been printed in less than three drafts.
You write that first draft really to see how it’s going to come out.

March 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: Andre Jute

(Think “scripts”)

Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds mined from layered rewrites.

June 21, 2011

Script: Serenity

For those Joss Whedon fans out there, here is a draft of Serenity. Rumor has it the first draft of this script was over 200 pages. Joss just got down everything he wanted to include, and then later had to go back and trim it down to the primary story he wanted to tell. He must be a true master of the rewrite.

April 19, 2011

Know the Rules, Then Bend Them: Ben Ripley on Source Code

This great interview from the WGA talks with Ben Ripley about the writing of Source Code. Ben wrote the script on spec and had to complete a few full rewrites before getting to the structure you see on screen:

When Ben Ripley first came up with the idea for Source Code, in which government operative Colter Stevens repeatedly relives the eight minutes leading up to a terrorist train bombing in hopes of finding the bomber, he had no intention of writing it on spec. Having established himself in Hollywood largely doing “studio rewrites on horror movies,” he felt a solid pitch would do the trick. Unfortunately, it didn’t. “I sat down with a few producers, and the first couple just looked at me like I was nuts,” confesses Ripley. “Ultimately, I had to put it on the page to make my case.”

So he wrote it on his own dime and, given the idea of a parallel universe-bending time traveler was already pretty esoteric, he played it safe with the structure, churning out a standard Syd Field-style script. As the writer puts it: “It was very plodding and things happened in a completely comprehensible way.”

And how’d that work out? “It was underwhelming. We thrashed around with rewriting that, and it was still underwhelming.”

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April 7, 2011

Quote of the Day: James Michener

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.