Friends, bloggers, and fellow screenwriters, my original intent was to blog about how far I've come on my Nicholl rewrite, detail the work I've done so far, and hint that while I'm confident that this draft is far better than anything I've written before, I could use some polishing suggestions. But, then I tripped up on my own thoughts. It was the word "hint". Why would I hint?
Why, indeed. Because all the discussion on Unk's blog about manipulative characters is turning me into a paraniod one! So, rather than spend a lot of time writing flowery crap and trying to manipulate you into posting replies that will help me become a better writer, I'll just come right out and ask for help.
Help. I need some polishing suggestions.
And, I didn't even manipulate you.
Or, did I?
Here's the rub. My screenplay is done, but I don't think my screenplay is "done". What the?? I don't think it will ever be "done". It's more like "stopped". I'm serious. I could write, improve, rewrite, and second guess this thing from now until the cows come home -- which is a very long time since I have no cows -- and it still won't be done. It's not due to nagging self doubt or a gut feeling that the screenplay is inherently flawed. It's because I don't think ANY screenplay is ever really done. You just stop editing one day.
In city government, we spend several months out of every year preparing a budget for the next fiscal year. We study fees, evaluate staff needs, look at facility issues, revise programs, and go round and round until the absolute last second the law allows. We're bound by statutory requirements to do things like hold certain hearings and publish proposed changes in effective tax rates. The calendar is a cruel task master and it demands we take the budget before the public and the governing body, ready or not. And, it's always "not". The budget is never ready. One day, you just quit working on it.
The Nicholl deadline, like that cruel task master, won't wait until I'm ready -- which, of course, I never will be. I've done these things - Tactics for Making Passes - but, I only have four weeks. What am I going to do in four weeks to turn what's at least a "pretty good" screenplay into a great one?
I'm not fishing. I'm asking.
ADDENDUM: One emailer asked how I know the screenplay is pretty good. He seems to think I have a very long way to go. Don't we all? But, it's a valid question. ANSWER -- Go get your Cheetos and fix the aluminum foil on on your rabbit ears. Montel is on.