Script consulting is important for writers because you always need people to critique your material and know that it is improving and that you are going in the right direction. However, consulting can be best done by yourself. You are your best critic so learn to listen to yourself and see how your criticisms could work in your favor.
Tips on Script Consulting Your Own Work
- Write and Rewrite.
When you’re a writer, even when you aren’t script consulting yourself or anyone else, you know that writing is not just writing. It involves rewriting, editing and revising, but if you truly want to improve at this area you are going to have to rewrite.
That’s normal and fine in script consulting. In real life, its not only you who suffer from your own thoughts, dozens of screenwriters have a hard time in consulting their own work. I myself have experienced the struggle of consulting my writing. I felt like my work was so painstakingly done but at the same time I fear that I would never finish it, like the French poet, Paul Verlaine who never finished a poem and ended up abandoning it.
However, you can still be good at script consulting in this aspect. Analyze your work well without putting too much stress into it by accepting the fact that you will never have a perspective that’s plainly objective, and that you at some point, you will have to finish a work and know it’s done even if it doesn’t feel that way sometimes.
- Abstaining from Writing.
You know what they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Writing is basically a relationship that can sometimes be good, and sometimes even be toxic. When you are script consulting your own work, sometimes you end up hating everything you write, and yet end up loving every word you’ve written on paper. Learn to get the perfect balance by keeping yourself distant from the work when you feel like your script consulting has become a little too toxic. Get a fresh perspective while doing so, and sooner or later, you’ll feel like you’re missing your writing and want to get back to it.
- Go Back to Square One.
Consulting can be a little too tedious and exhausting. Learn to deconstruct you work and go back to your original outline. Doing so will help you have a more analytical and objective perspective on things. Take a look at the foundation of your work first, and learn how you can make it come to life based on your thoughts on how your script consulting the work.
- Put it to Life.
Couldn’t see anything wrong? Maybe getting a group of actors to do the scenes for you can help you through consulting your own work. It may be a little anxious to take this path, but it can also be very enlightening. You can hear them speak, you can hear them talk using your work and it will help you see the errors in a more realistic manner.
If you don’t see anything wrong, getting a fresh input from your actors and audiences could also help. Let them talk to you openly and they could give you really honest feedback. It may hurt a bit, or a lot, but sometimes they are the best script consulting plan you could have when you’re stuck. You’ll have a deeper connection with your emotions and learn to harness them better on paper.
- Fast Read with a group.
Have a group be your small consulting crew by having them read your work. Sometimes you already know what’s wrong and its just difficult to pinpoint it out. So get a group and ask them to help you get through it, you’ll have very good and insightful comments you can use for your other scripts in the long run.
- Form a Hierarchy.
Organizing your notes by level of difficulty can be a big thing. By listing down these items you can more easily finish and improve your work more easily. Stop wasting time trying to finish your work. Don’t be too hard on yourself and soon enough, when you start script consulting your work again, the work would seem a little less bad in your eyes.
Accept that sometimes you aren’t supposed to immediately finish what you started. The more you finish, the more you get momentum on getting more things done.
- Be Patient.
Sometimes, script consulting your own work takes days, weeks and even months before you finally feel satisfied with your work. You have to learn to accept that, and don’t push yourself into thinking its good enough. Learning to be patient, and accepting that you may need a little more days or weeks to get it right, is one of the good steps into appreciating your work more easily.
At times, you’ve just done whatever you can. No matter how much stress and time you’ve put into something it just doesn’t seem up to par. At times like these, learn to chill out. After calming yourself down, learn to look at the criticisms of others aside from your own. When you feel like everything else has been done, and still nothing seems right, being good in script consulting yourself, also means giving things up when you know it just won’t work.