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This week's question: 

DcH, I hate my script.  I used to love it, but Iíve been working on it so long that now I think I hate it.  I have no perspective anymore about it.  I donít know if itís really good or really bad.  Help.

Denise W.

This week's Answer: 

A "Perspective Client"

Dear, dear, Denise.  Fret not.  This happens to the best of us.  We really think we hate what weíve 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, youíll see that itís 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.  Youíre not absolutely sure you hate it.  Thatís progress.  And itís very helpful that you KNOW your perspective is off, or non-existent.  MORE  progress.  ďGoodĒ and ďbadĒ are relative terms (that doesnít mean Iím saying you should show your script to your relatives).  Whatís good today could be bad tomorrow, and vice versa (and whatís ďviceĒ today could be ďversaĒ tomorrow). 

There are ways I might suggest you utilize to give you a better perspective of your screenplay.


1.  Write your screenplay wearing actual Coke bottle lenses (but be sure to remove the Coke). Then, when youíve finished the first draft, read it without them.

2.  After you finish your first draft, tear your screenplay into a thousand pieces and then glue them all together again.  (If itís an electronic first draft, youíll have to use a mallet and smash your monitor into a thousand pieces and then solder them back together again.  Either way should work.)

3.  Try to read your screenplay as you drop it out the window from at least 18 stories up.  (If itís under a hundred pages, you can drop it from the 9th floor).

4. Write your script in invisible ink and be pleasantly surprised when you find out what you wrote.

5.  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.

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