I don’t have much to say this week. I’m deep into a rewrite of a script I wrote a few years ago called The Tinker Dreamer. Here is a very short synopsis: In pre space-race America, when science fiction graphic novels formed our ideas of life beyond our world, an inventive boy from a small town dreams up a way to go to outer space.
With time comes perspective and fresh eyes. There is so much of this story that I’m proud of and I find very endearing, but its weaknesses are glaring. That’s why I have my red pen.
I love doing rewrites. It means the grueling grunt work of pounding out the first draft is over. The raw materials for the story have been gathered and the crafting begins. With my red pen I chisel the story word by word line by line. The goal is to be thorough yet efficient, to ignite the reader’s imagination so when they put down the script they think, “I want to see this movie.”
That is the task at hand. I hope to have a new polished draft by the end of the year.
A WRITER KEEPING THE FAITH IN LOS ANGELES