rewrites

Balls of Steel: Rewrite from the Gut

To really push this script up the hill, we needed a stronger lead. So today, I sat down with colored index cards and spread them around my gigantic dining room table. No one is allowed to eat until I’m done. Social services will be here any minute, I’m sure.

Writers on Writing: Higher Ground

Throughout my career, I routinely wrote without anyone’s feedback other than the occasional editor. Writing a screenplay demands collaboration. Because the screenplay is an adaptation of a memoir, voiceover seemed a logical device to me, but one of the readers objected, explaining that voiceover told him what to think and he...

Balls of Steel: Managing Expectations

PitchFests are packed with eager writers full of hope and big dreams. Their expectations are sky high, head in the clouds, dreaming of a world where one pitching event would change their destiny. While it’s beautiful up there, you’re better off keeping your feet and expectations on the ground.