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Listening to Critique on Your Screenplay

September 1, 2012

Tools of the trade.

I’m soliciting feedback on a screenplay I’m working on. Today I’ve got a consultation with a guy who is a reader in LA. I really do want to know what people think, even if there is a lot still undeveloped at this stage of the process.

Storytelling is about communication. If I’m not communicating, then I want to fix it.

But receiving critique on creative work is usually difficult. As wonderfully wise and mature as I am, I still get defensive and frustrated on occasion. I honestly think that it’s not so much that I don’t think the advice is valuable (it might even be correct), it’s just that I am secretly afraid that I may not have a solution. And my story will be a dead end.

My experience has shown me that is usually not the case.

What’s your experience?

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  1. September 2, 2012 8:00 pm

    I wouldn’t beat yourself up too much about it. You yourself said there’s still much to develop along the way. You have an answer to every question from every reader — you just don’t know it yet!

    I usually read through notes once or twice, put them down and get some distance, and when the initial frustration has passed, I have a clear enough head to see where the reader is coming from.

    If you ever need another pair of eyes, let me know!

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