Masterclass.com course: Dramatic Writing with David Mamet
Day 5 Using Advice from Lesson 4:
My fingers resist hitting the dreaded delete button. It’s the enemy of all writers. Today is a painful day of cuts in order to keep my story simple, with the right progression. My audience will feel sidetracked and delayed and that’s not the mood I intend for the introduction.
David Mamet delivered a lesson that I wasn’t ready to hear but it’s still turning my novel over in my mind and I can’t let it go. I asked the same question but just kept typing. Why I am afraid to let go of words?
My introduction is on the chopping block again, and it’s time to dive in. Put the audience right where they need to be and get right into the heart of the action of the story. My current introduction is going into the pitch pile and I’m taking David Mamet’s advice.
If there’s something that doesn’t move the story forward, then throw it away. Having one location that the audience can connect and hold onto is more important than some side trip that can be used later. I just need to be careful that it’s not “location sickness” or a tangent of my wandering attention.
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