Rewriting can be fun.
And it can be a pain.
Just prior to forming Sonlight Pictures, we wrote a secular thriller involving an office over-run by terrorists. The story was still fresh in our heads when we took the plunge to form our company and quickly moved to convert the story into a faith-based film.
After about seven drafts, the secular was purged and the faith challenges were infused and we renamed the film Martyrs. In the process we created some really cool scenes and some excellent characters.
But, the writer in me just couldn’t let it rest. There were aspects of the story that just didn’t ring true. Things left over from the first plot-line.
So, now that the Gabby Wells series is written and we’re entering the pre-production phase of An Unfinished Work, the writing side of my brain has decided to tackle the nagging, outstanding issues that I just can’t let go.
I have two options. I can continue to tweak the existing script. Or I could blow it all up and start over.
I chose the latter.
It doesn’t mean we’ll completely trash the existing script. There’s a lot in there we like. But, by starting from scratch, we can get rid of any preconceived ideas and work cleanly to tell the story we want to tell. In the mean time, if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to keep a lot of the great scenes and characters from the previous draft.
At the end of the day, I approach every writing experience is an experiment. We may end up dismissing this approach and returning to the current script. But, the process will be profitable, as it will give new light and new life to an older storyline.