Why You Should Write a Sh*tty First Draft

[This article was originally published on Talentville, an online community for screenwriters.] by Angela┬áBourassa These words should be a comfort to any writer, whether you're starting your first short script or writing the final pages of your tenth screenplay. The first draft of ANYTHING is shit. Granted, your first drafts should get better as you... Continue Reading →

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