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E.C. Henry

Billy,

I read the article in the Hugo Lindgren post. "Be Wrong as Fast as You Can" is a misnomer for a pre-pro screenwriter such as the case is for yours truly.

For me and my creative writing its more about an ideas tryout. Write, then rewrite trying new things to find the magic point where your story pops. Even if your first idea turns out to be your best idea, you still need to prove that to yourself -- and that takes time and drafts. Like it did for "Bridesmaids."

Sure it's great if you can crank out a script fast. But is it good? Is it great? THAT'S what really matters. Hurrying the process too much risks missing the mark.

mernitman

EC: You're already onto it, evidently: "...my creative writing its more about an ideas tryout. Write, then rewrite trying new things to find the magic point where your story pops" is exactly what Hugo is talking about!

In other words, go after your idea and see it through to completion (i.e. a fast, rough draft). And yes, sure, rewrites, rethinks, et al, will follow. The problem many writers have (and pre-pros among them)is that they don't follow through on that first impulse, and/or they second-guess a draft of it all the way to... stasis.

We're not talking about "hurrying the process too much." We're talking about having the courage to get from beginning to end on an idea, while you're still passionate about it. That's the best way to find out - quickly - what works and doesn't work, and then to begin the longer process (should you still find the idea appealing) of revising and improving till you get to "pop."

Rob in L.A.

Does mernitman's reply have a "like" button that I can click?

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