In the last chapter of my book, Shaping True Story into Screenplay, I talk about the importance of taking your time in revisions. Whereas the first draft can be, and often should be, written quickly in order to access your subconscious, the rewrite happens in stages and layers and sometimes takes an excruciatingly long time.
This is what I’m experiencing this week, as I tweak and polish, hone and refine. I am putting the final touches on the book, which will cover such topics as:
- Clarifying the theme of your true story
- Finding a metaphor to use as a springboard for the development of plot and character
- Shaping the plot along a story spine
- Inventing a frame to contain and propel the plot
We all have something unique and important to share and contribute with the world. At the moment, this is my contribution, and I’m happy to report that it really, truly, is almost done!