I wrote a new page of a script I'm working on called Hit 'em High this morning. I only had five to six panels to tell a complete scene and the shift from the character being in a hopeful state to going to a disappointed that he got what he wanted state.
Does that make sense? It's early and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
|Coffee approved by the Comics Code.
I only got the one page done this morning, but I took extra time to make sure the scene worked (at least for this draft). I used to rush through drafts just to finish things, but I feel like my writing has improved by slowing down and making sure I do rewrites as I work.
Stephen King's On Writing had a few sections that talked about writing and rewriting. I haven't read the book in several years, but I remember him saying that you shouldn't do rewrites until you've walked away from the project for a little while.
Here's a related quote from On Writing from Business Insider:
|Part of "22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer" businessinsider.com
This is the most direct quote I can find that talks about "identifying the trees" when it comes to character, but it applies to all aspects of the story.
My only problem with waiting so long to work on a draft is that your intentions and idea of the story can change after waiting. I might want to completely change what the story is about and undo the original intention of the piece because I waited to long to go back to the project. Rewriting while writing allows me to think about what's happening while I write instead of after I write the story.
Do you feel the same way?
Would you rather wait to rewrite a story until after you've completed the entire project?
Post a comment and let me know!
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