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This week's question: 

My script  is going into a whole new direction, here.  I don't know if I'll even be able to salvage any of the original. Help! Is that suppose to happen?  Does this happen a lot in major rewrites?


This week's answer: 

Rewriting without the "re"

Bob, trust that you're on a new journey your Muses are taking you on (hopefully they serve at least peanuts on the flight -- because you never know how long it's going to take or where you're going to land).  If there are intersections with an old draft, fine; if not, so be it.  I'd trust this ride.  It's much more creatively exhilarating than having to perform your "oldies." You're not just rewriting; you're reinventing. And, even, possibly, since "re" comes from the Latin, meaning "again," there may be no "re" about it at all. It could be that you're just writing.

I know this may seem like a short response... but I need the time to rewrite this e-mail.

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