Giving Feedback

I was once told that to be a good writer, you have to read twice as much as you write. To be a good screenwriter, I think the rules are the same. Reading other scripts, and especially giving constructive feedback, is a skill that will not only help other writers, but can help us find the flaws and mistakes in our own work.

For those of us who are a little timid when it comes to confrontation, telling others what we honestly think of their work can be intimidating, but don’t let it stop you. Whether someone is resistant or grateful, honesty is the best policy and a necessary step for the betterment of all screenwriters.

Here’s a concise and spot-on guide for How to Give Feedback on Someone Else’s Work without losing friends and acting like a jerk.

Any additional tips or tricks you’ve picked up? Opinions on feedback in general? Any notes about this post? Share them in the comments.

One thought on “Giving Feedback

  1. Read it and appreciate the in sight. I usually ask the writers question not to just keep them involved but to also know their what their trying to do with their story.

    Once I know their purpose, I can give feedback and explain why it works, doesn’t work, or needs to be conveyed less or more.

    9/10, the writer knows what they want to do. It’s us telling how and why it helps in regards to their story.

    Even with genres I do know, I ask questions because its a learning process for me. It helps me understand the writers process to and how to keep it in mind when give feed.

    I do this with genres I don’t know too but also keep in mind that since I’m not experience in that genre, some of my comments may lack weight.

    If it does, I concentrate on what I can identify with. Either a scene I like/relate to, a character, the concept/theme of the story, even the tone and I try my best to dig into that even though in my own work and even life I try to avoid.


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