A hard copy for Rewrites

Before you start your rewrites. Get a hard copy.

I see things on a hard copy, I never seen on the computer.  I don’t know why, but for some reason I can see my work much clearer. The words register better. A hard copy is a must.

This also gives you room to jot notes down. Where on the computer you can make notes but not on the actual work itself. I’m aware final draft as certain editing services — but it’s just not practical.

What I do is print a hard copy of my script. I read it and jot notes down with a mechanical pencil. I use a pencil, it appears cleaner and easier to erase. Sometimes that red pen can be messy and downright confusing when trying to read when you plug-in the changes.

I use a note card when reading. This allows me to read one line at a time. Line for line.

Now if you can’t print it, which can be an issue for many struggling writers, I suggest at least turning it into a PDF. Again I don’t know why, but I see mistakes and errors in the PDF format better than Micro Word or Final draft.

A hard copy is a must. This allows for you to get away from the desk, stretch your legs, go to a coffee shop and read/take notes on your latest project. That computer screen can sometimes filter your work and your eyes need to see it from a different view. Literally.

Plus you look totally cool when your walking around with a screenplay and some guy asks ” how long is that?” —  110 pages — “Damn that’s a lot”. Not really, but it seems that way.

Always be writing.
-REH

One thought on “A hard copy for Rewrites

  1. writingitout87 October 24, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Loved this post! I thought I was the only one who used a hard copy! Except, I longhand my work before I type it. Yes, it does get tiring, especially with my manuscript, but as you said, I can see much more clearly, and can write notes in margins when I do so. I think I’m about the only person now who knows what all those little symbols mean (carrot, transpose, paragraph). But I’m glad to know someone else thinks similarly to myself 🙂

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