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Script Partners: How to Succeed at Co-Writing for Film & TV, 2nd Edition by Claudia Johnson, Matt Stevens

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TenCo-Writing the Rewrite

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— ...

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