May 21, 2004

Sucky Writing

Argh! I hate group writing. It hinders creative growth. It’s all about making compromises. It gives way to chopseuy vision and tone. 2 or 3 writers/creative thinkers are enough. More than that’s hogwash already. I'd rather have a flawed material with a strong POV rather than a perfectly logical material with a mishmash of ideas. Argh! Mainstream scriptwriting sucks!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ted, if you have time, could you explain (maybe in your next post) how group writing works? Sorry, ha... I have no idea how creative writing works, much less group writing.

Do you all take turns working on a single draft that gets passed around for comments and revisions? Do you all sit around the table with someone transcribing what people are saying? Do you record your sessions?

Do you keep character profiles in a binder somewhere and add tidbits to it as the character evolves during the series (the way the writers of Star Trek TV series episodes do it)?

What happens when different writers disagree? Who has the final say? Is that what the head writer is for?

No pressure, ha.... am just curious kasi that's a whole new world for me. :)

Good luck on your next writing session. :)

~ CarlaFans

beatlebum said...

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say how it works. Or if I can be detailed enough, coz it's really that UNscientific. Basta the thing is, lahat nagiisip for the story and characters, hindi lang from the writers POV, kundi from the PRODUCTION'S and PRODUCER'S POVs din. So compromise, compromise! What's ugly is when talagang hindi nagji-jell creative ideas ng mga brainstormers/writers tapos pininipilit na ipasok bawat idea ng bawat isa. Chopseuy writing ang labas. Usually naman director ang nasusunod. Pero it doesn't stop there. Ihahain pa rin yun sa mga "people up there" for them to approve what's been brainstormed. Then, compromise, compromise again. ;)

beatlebum said...

TV writing lang pala to. Iba din for mainstream movies. :)

Dude said...

ted, don't forget the kawawang maganda na kapatid ng suppossedly lover nya na ang nanay pala ay kontrabida... lagyan mo ng isdang nagsasalita para maiba..

beatlebum said...

Sige, take note ko 'yan. LOL! :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Ted... no worries about not being able to share more. What you added in your comment is more than enough. :)

~ CarlaFans