This week's Answer:
Dear, dear, Denise.
Fret not. This
happens to the best of us.
We really think we hate what we’ve been working
on sometimes for months and months, and possibly years.
It goes with the territory.
Look on the bright side.
If you look closely at your question, you’ll see
that it’s actually getting better for you.
You wrote that you hate your script.
But, in the very next sentence, you wrote that you
THINK you hate it. You’re
not absolutely sure you hate it.
That’s progress. And it’s very helpful that you KNOW your perspective is
off, or non-existent.
“Good” and “bad” are relative terms (that
doesn’t mean I’m saying you should show your script to
your relatives). What’s
good today could be bad tomorrow, and vice versa (and
what’s “vice” today could be “versa” tomorrow).
There are ways I might suggest you
utilize to give you a better perspective of your
GIVE YOU A BETTER PERSPECTIVE OF YOUR SCREENPLAYS
Write your screenplay wearing actual Coke bottle
lenses (but be sure to remove the Coke).
Then, when you’ve finished the first draft, read
it without them.
After you finish your first draft, tear your
screenplay into a thousand pieces and then glue them all
together again. (If
it’s an electronic first draft, you’ll have to use a
mallet and smash your monitor into a thousand pieces and
then solder them back together again.
Either way should work.)
Try to read your screenplay as you drop it out the
window from at least 18 stories up.
(If it’s under a hundred pages, you can drop it
from the 9th floor).
Write your script in invisible ink and be pleasantly
surprised when you find out what you wrote.
Put your screenplay into an eye chart format and
tack it on the wall and read it from a distance with a
card over an eye.
I think that will help.
Or possibly not.
At least, now, you have my perspective about your
perspective about not having a perspective.