Write Without Fear, Edit Without Mercy


Write Without Fear, Edit Without Mercy

Remembering that in order to edit, one must have something to edit. That’s why writing without fear is so important. While we were writing Rhymes With Wolf, Ivo and I went back and forth outlining the story. Our mindset (or more likely my mindset) was to get the story locked down, perfectly executed before we wrote one line of dialogue. Luckily we decided to get together in Miami over a long weekend, lock ourselves in a room (Ivo’s place) and hammer out a draft. Getting over the first draft dread was paramount. We wrote pages and pages and got about ¾ of the first draft done. During the process we came up with a lot of different scenes and ran into logic problems and dead ends where we decided that what we wanted the characters to do wasn’t what they would normally do. It was in that process that we discovered the story (and are still discovering).

Write without fear means knowing that things will change and in the changes the story will get better. That’s where editing without mercy comes in. Only when you have the words on the page can you go back and squeeze out the real juice. I liken it to mining for gold. God knows how much dirt you need to sift through in order to find gold but when you find it, it’s totally worth the labor. The same applies to writing.

“Rhymes with Wolf” is currently in its 16th polish. Ivo and I met on average twice per week for at least one hour for about a year. That’s 104 hours of Skype calls and many more hours spent on emails and shared Google docs that were passed back and forth. We’re still in development and will up to shooting be making changes. Then of course comes the shoot itself. Actors will bring in their own voices and add to the story. We’ll shoot more than the script calls for just so we’ll have enough to work with in the editing bay. It’s always a work in progress.

Martin Burke

Rhymes With Wolf filmmaker