Wednesday, February 26, 2014

And you wonder why you get the notes you do

I gave notes on a script. I hate giving notes on a script. But it tends to be that writers (say) they hate it worse when I just go and re-write and that they'd prefer notes. As the Queen of Mars says, writers don't like notes. They like cookies.

So this was the response I got to my notes:

"[This] is such a ridiculous, audience-alienating idea, I can only ask, why?" 

I made the mistake of trying to explain why. But that didn't work. Instead I got:

"If it seems like I'm pushing back, it's when the notes seem arbitrary or just plain crazy."

So. "Arbitrary" and "just plain crazy". There ya go then.

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