|David (John Cusack):||You thought my first draft was cerebral and tepid?|
|Helen (Dianne Wiest):||Only the plot and the dialogue. But this—|
|David:||Was there nothing in the original draft that you feel was worth saving?|
|Helen:||The stage directions were lucid. Best I’ve ever seen. And the color of the binder. Good choice.|
—Bullets Over Broadway
Before you and your partner dive into your rewrite, take a moment. Pause. Congratulate yourselves on completing your first draft. And celebrate.
Seriously. Put down this book and go celebrate. Even the most successful and prolific screenwriters like the Hayes brothers do this.
|CHAD:||We celebrate the process.|
|CAREY:||We celebrate the steps. We finished the first draft— ...|