Guest blogger Taylor Grant on the phases of writing.
Think of your screenplay, novel or short story as a sculpture. The first draft is putting together the clay that resembles what you’re trying to create. The rewrites are where you cut a little here, remove a little there, and ultimately reveal your work. The polish is where you painstakingly refine your sculpture into a professional piece.
This philosophy removes the necessity for perfection at the beginning of whatever you’re writing and allows you to enjoy the process more.
Taylor Grant is a produced screenwriter, award-winning copywriter, published author and professional script consultant.
Dixon says - I like it when a writer brings a first draft to my local critique group, since then I feel free to suggest major plot changes, different goals for the protagonist, consolidating or eliminating minor characters (or inventing new ones), and so on. With a book or short story that's been through rewrites, I figure the author's not going to consider such major changes. That's a time to focus on inconsistencies, flat dialogue, and grammar.