Even superheroes need a little help sometimes…
We all have egos and when it comes to our writing, our work becomes our babies… and we all know how attached and protective a mother’s instinct is!
But the key to improving your screenplay and as a writer, is to understand good critique and to utilize it.
Script analysis is at times, invaluable. It’s just like having a test screening of your movie-to-be, a test audience per say, and a great way to get an objective (albeit also subjective) opinion of your work. Because, let’s face it, when you’ve read your script a hundred times, it will be hard to spot a typo with those square eyes, let alone a plot hole.
Sure enough, you have to stay true to your vision, so listen to your gut and if you completely disagree 100% with an aspect of the analysis, then don’t change it. But with the aspects that you disagree with 99% and less, you might want to try out some ideas and see where it takes you.
Believe me, you may think that your script is brilliant right now, but try reading it again next year and see if you still agree. There’s usually ALWAYS room for improvement, and that tiny little adjustment could make the difference between you making the top 3% and the top 1% of a competition, and that 2% difference could mean everything if it means you gain a title or even better, an request from a production company or agent.
So instead of taking things personally, look at your feedback like an outsider would. Readers aren’t trying to put you down, they are trying to give you the best shot possible by providing you with their honest opinion… and that’s just what it is… an opinion… what you do with it, is up to you.
“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.” -Mark Twain