More on exposition. Here is the before and after, expressed in word count, of my recent work: I guess most appalling, after subjecting myself to reading the scripts over and over again, is the fact that I subjected others to the same. More than 15,000 words cut! Ugh. Especially considering that cutting them makes the story [...]
Archive for July, 2007
The re-writes are done. We went through 8 scripts (everything except for Two Guys… and Big Box) and re-did them. The result (among other things) is about 15,000 words less. That’s about 60 pages. More important than being 60 pages shorter is the idea that they’re more cinematic and less novelesque. I’m tired. Perhaps more tired [...]
I gotta whisper ’cause I can’t be too loud.From the song “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder. I didn’t write the song. I wish I did. It is kind of catchy. But, come on, for what other reason would one whisper other than to “not be too loud”? That’s needless exposition.
My spec scripts average over 26,000 words, so I cut myself some slack for the occasional typo. Sure, they annoy me. But in the grand scheme of a 26,000+ word story, 2 or 3 typos doesn’t eat me up too bad. By the time it’s left my hands, I’ve read it 30 times, maybe more. [...]