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Old 06-15-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Sending pages out to your writer's group before it's ready?

I'm wondering what people's thoughts are on this. I recently sent out the first act of a TV pilot I'm writing to my writer's group and although some of the notes are good, I find myself wanting to take some of their advice and change what I already wrote. This, of course, would take the script into a completely different direction. Is it good to send out a "work in progress" before it's ready?
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Sending pages out to your writer's group before it's ready?

Probably not. Write your story, then get feedback.

If you're just talking about plot, though, there's nothing wrong with getting feedback on an outline or treatment before you start the script.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: Sending pages out to your writer's group before it's ready?

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Probably not. Write your story, then get feedback.
Absolutely agree. The tendency of a wannabe (I'm one of them) is to give advice about "how I would do it." If you start changing the first act of the story based on this advice, you won't be writing your story, you'll be writing someone else's. And it won't stop, you'll change it once, then resubmit, and ... you might as well get ready to change it again and again, because that's what's going to happen.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: Sending pages out to your writer's group before it's ready?

If they gave you notes that you think will improve the work, use them. Your interpretation of them means it's still your story. They may not work when you apply them, but this will also help you find your own voice.

To me, giving them something that's in progress suggests you were looking for help.

This is another screenwriting question that has no definitive answer and is really something you have to work out yourself.
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