I finished the first draft of my first screenplay. A great feeling.
And then, upon the advice of many experienced friends, I put it down to gain some distance. Before the rewrite.
It’s been three weeks. I put it down. [Well – I did change a few things.]
So what did I do in those three weeks? I read articles. Tons of articles on how to rewrite a screenplay.
And every article said something different. Surprise.
Start from scratch. No – follow this 18 step process. No – there are only 4 steps. No – find the problems and tune it like a car. No – fix those characters first. No – read the feedback. [This I shall do – I have at least 100 pages of good feedback.]
And then I read something –
Only make changes that will elevate your script to a new level.
Well, this is good advice.
And one more piece of good advice [thanks, Max] –
Make sure you save your old drafts.