I don't read my screenplays as I write them. I avoid reading what I've written for fear I'd get depressed or get hung up on sections that don't appear to work, and I wouldn't finish the draft. I'm big on closure; an unfinished screenplay isn't worth the magnetic media it's printed on.
The next step is a big long read. It's a long read because I can't help editing as I read. If it were someone else's screenplay I could read the whole thing and get a sense of what needs to happen. But it's mine, so I try to fix little things that can be fixed as I go through.
I'm also uploading the screenplay into my brain. Not the outline, but the screenplay I already wrote. The outline doesn't really have tone. Tone is something that exists in scenes, not in plot. An outline is mostly plot. So now I've got tone. I'm trying to get the whole movie into my head so I can see how it works.
(An outline is, strictly, story, and a story can have tone. But it's the bones of the story, not the story itself.)
So far, there's some good stuff here. I hope it holds up!
Alex, I love your blog. As a fledgling screenwriter, it is always reassuring to learn that you as a professional writer still face the same obstacles i come across. Your blog and your books have been a huge inspiration on how to tackle those problems. Thanks dude.
One of the reasons why I take so long in finishing a script is because I have a bad habit of reading the previous day's work, both to edit what I see now isn't really working, and also to get back into the groove of things, to refresh my memory of where I am, who's in the scene and what's supposed to come of it. As a result, I never seem to write more than three brand new pages per day. I hear that's not good when you're writing an episode of a show that goes into production in about a week. :-(
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