Posted by: steveonfilm | August 23, 2009

Served Cold Challenge: Day One

I started with the revisions to act one tonight. I got about half way through it. Not a whole lot of changes, just some tightening up and minor corrections. I never did a thorough spelling or grammar check, so most of what I’m changing is related to that. A missed word here, an extra letter there…little things.

You’ll find the attachment below.

Until next time, keep writing!

Served Cold Challenge – Day One


  1. Hey, I’m not exactly sure what you got from the movie “Julie & Julia” regarding “words on paper”. I haven’t seen the movie. Have you explained this at all in your blog? I assume you’re intent for the challenge is to get every thing out and on the page regardless of how “bad” it may be. Because, from that point you’d have a complete draft and can begin making revisions. Is that right?

    • You’re pretty much spot on with what you said. The concept of a “words on paper” draft is something I picked up from Syd Field in his book The Screenwriter’s Workshop. A “words on paper” draft is what you have the first time you type FADE OUT. Just like you said, it’s a complete draft, but before you’ve had a chance to go through and proof read it. You shouldn’t call it a first draft until you’ve had a chance to go through and check for spelling, formatting, grammar, inconsistencies, and other things like that. Heavy revising is left for subsequent drafts (i.e. second draft, third draft, etc.).

      Other than it being a fun movie, the only thing I borrowed from “Julie & Julia” was the idea for a challenge and to blog about it. It was a lot of fun, and I was able to complete my words on paper draft well under deadline. I’m making edits to it now and how to have a First Draft done by early next week.

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