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The Screenwriter’s Roadmap by Neil Landau

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Rewrites: Revise and Refine Your Intention and Vision

After you've completed what will probably be your very rough, exploratory draft, you'll need to begin navigating the rewrite phase. Don't despair—every screenwriter in the world faces this always challenging and often exhilarating revision process. It's not a coincidence that the most successful screenwriters in the entertainment business also have the talent, vision, and stamina to continually refine and polish their work, draft after draft. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt purportedly wrote over one hundred drafts of Little Miss Sunshine. Writing is rewriting.

Given that this next phase could take many weeks, months, or even years, it's ...

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