Tidying Up

If you’re anything like me, you have found yourself in the middle of binge watching the new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” staring at your overflowing closet, and wishing that you could live a simpler life. But you like your stuff!

That same cramped, crowded mindset often spills over into our writing. We’ve all heard it a billion times, but writing really is rewriting. Whether you are of the mindset of “killing your darlings,” or adhere to Marie’s “keep only your joy” philosophy, we have to find a way to tidy up these vomit drafts.

Here’s another way to look at rewriting. Hopefully you’ll find some tips that help you clean out and organize your overflowing script. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here looking at every line and asking myself, “does this bring me joy?”

 

 

Six Rules from Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

V Renee at No Film School discusses Walter Murch’s six rules for editing your film. He’s got two Oscars under his belt, so you might wanna listen 🙂

6 ‘Rules’ for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

How Cinematography and Editing Can Help Propel Your Story

V Renee at No Film School discusses how cinematography and editing are used to convey a character’s thoughts and solve mysteries in the hit BBC show Sherlock. Included is a video essay by Evan Puschak of Nerdwriter that explains how different editing techniques are used to put together the story like pieces of a puzzle.

Also included: the best description of Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice ever.    

Full article and video essay here: How ‘Sherlock’ Masterfully Solves Mysteries Using Cinematography and Editing