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Question For Writers: How many drafts do you write?

sullivanalvarado

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Same. I'll sometimes spend months mulling a story over in my head, working out the fine points, before I type a single word of it. This -- I freely admit without a drop of shame -- is because I'm a lazy writer. I don't want to have to sit down at my desk and write any more than I absolutely have to. And while this approach has left me far from prolific, I also don't tend to have to rewrite as much. Even so, I've had some scripts that have dragged on for seven, eight, nine rewrites. Typically those are the ones I end up giving up on. If you haven't nailed a script down after nine rewrites, you never will.
Agree with you, Lon. Somehow the best we can do is prepare the soil from which the drama (the seed) will grow. If it doesn't grow, then there's nothing we can do.
 

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Even having said that, there's this great doc called Tales From the Script wherein Antwone Fisher said he went through something like 40 drafts of his self-titled script before someone finally picked it up. Now THAT is some major stick-to-it-iveness right there. I can't imagine spending that much time on one script. Which is probably why Antwone Fisher is a successful screenwriter and I, as of yet, am not LOL
 

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I've only written one full script so far, but I wrote it for 4 years, over and over. I have the original draft, which took about 1 year, because I didn't outline and was learning about writing as I wrote it. It actually wasn't too bad for a first draft / first screenplay. It also took a while because I kept rewriting the first act over and over. I must have written AT LEAST 20 different versions of the first act. Especially on the second draft. I rewrote the first act so many times, so many different ways, it's a completely different story, which made me have to change the title. As for the second and third acts, I didn't rewrite those nearly as many times, but by the time I had rewritten them, I was a much better writer just from rewriting the first act so many times, haha. Now, I'm working on my second script, and I'm a little more than halfway finished, in much less time. It's been about a month or two that I've been working on it, however, I had the first act basically written from a while back, when I took a break between drafts of the first script. I did do a few more passes of the first act to get it up to my new level, but it still hasn't taken nearly as long. Plus, the first script was an action thriller. This one is a rom com, so it's much easier in general. I don't feel I'll need to many rewrites of this one. It's pretty decent so far.