Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rewrite by Paul Chitlik

I used to panic when rewrite time came after typing Fade Out. Then I stumbled upon Rewrite. I've read this book several times, highlighted it extensively, and even taken notes from the highlights. Now I have the main points in an Excel spreadsheet and know exactly how and where to start my rewrites. Chitlik covers clarifying structure and story for impact, developing character, ramping up the conflict, beats, scenes, sequences, secondary characters, active descriptions, action and much more. I'll share one tip that's really helped me. It may be obvious to some, but it really changed how I look at my script. TO DO: go through entire script and read only protagonist's dialogue, then go through again and read only antagonist's dialogue, you can also do this with secondary characters if you like. By the time I'm done, I've made at least 6-10 passes on my script. This is my go to book.

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