In this episode I give into some frustration and basically have a controlled rant for about fifty minutes. Essentially bringing up topics that aggravate me about how people will judge scripts. There are quite a few I didn’t even cover. Ultimately what I’m attempting to hone in on are all these things writers and their scripts are up against that they can’t control, nor for which they can prepare.
The vast amounts of expectations that people have for scripts that they read are endless. Thus, I propose that writers should write the stories they want, the way they want. I even have the audacity to suggest that certain readers should conduct their reads according to the medium in which they are being consumed. For example, if you are an amateur writer in a screenwriting forum, don’t attempt to wear all these industry hats and give feedback that you think may be in line with them. If you’re a writer yourself, give the writer of the script what they are truly in need of, an honest assessment of their work and how you think they may improve it. Be critical, be constructive, but above all anything else, make the feedback useful.
This is certainly an opinion piece if there ever was one, however, I use actual examples for people in the industry to support my claims and push back towards “garbage” advice or concerns for screenwriters.
While my beliefs are strong, and supported, I realize that I haven’t heard all experiences/situations that are exceptions. If you have had any of these experiences, please share them in the comments section. Make me aware of the other POVs that are out there. The whole point is to assist other writers, as well as myself, with as much useful information as possible while reducing time wasting, fear based assertions.
***CORRECTION: I state in this episode that you should listen to Scriptnotes Episode 264: The One With The Agent, however, it has been archived and the only access to it is with a Scriptnotes Premium subscription. The subscription is only $1.99/mo and worth it, in my opinion. If you don’t wish to subscribe, I will put a link to the episode’s transcript in the Show Notes below. Sorry for the mistake.***
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