Friday, 11 April 2008

Metlab Update, Part 6

Yet more feedback from the script correction house of Ms Vee. This time I got a solitary ‘WTF’ , one ‘DON’T PANIC’, and something called a “pffffffffffffffffffffffflllllllllllllrrrrrrt”, which I can only assume is either an extended raspberry or the sound of something deflating rather slowly. I’ll go for a combination of the two, I think. It looks like I might have to return to an outline, or at the least a rewrite of the first thirty pages just to get things kicked off.

I’m sure that my fellow ‘Labbers have all been eminently sensible and have honed their outlines and treatments to a shiny, gleaming perfection before launching upon a first draft. I roll a slightly different way, and frankly, it’s pretty rubbish. That said, I’m writing a ‘sort of’ treatment/ outline for someone at the moment, and I have to say it’s far more enjoyable than I thought, so in future, I might have to stick with this method – it’s only taken me about a million drafts to realise this, but then I always was a bit slow on the uptake.

4 comments:

Elinor said...

Oh Chip, we've all been savaged by Yoda! You are not alone!

Lucy said...

Oi! I don't SAVAGE!

And chip, you just have to chill - there's a point you (as in "one") get to when it comes to certain issues when draft on top of draft just creates different ways of looking at the same fundamental issue. A return to outline can iron out that issue and build upon it: think of it as preparing the soil for a nice big flower or some lovely nutritious vegetables. Or something.

Chip Smith said...

Thanks Yoda - I'm pretty chilled, really I am. I've got a couple of other vegetable dishes cooking away in the background at the moment, so I'm going to give my Metlab script a wide berth for the moment in the hope that it might turn all lovely and nutritous without me noticing ;-)

Elinor - it wasn't really a savaging to be honest! I know what Lucy means, my usual problems really. Besides, a slow first act and a script editor with ADHD don't really go! ;-) How's yours going, byt the way? You wanna indulge in a little quid pro quo reading action?

Elinor said...

You're on mate.

And I know that Yoda does it for our own good...