Do not think, “Hey, this is wonderful.” when you read your script.
Think, “They’re going to burn my house to the ground for making them read this unless I can get it perfect.”
If you THINK it works, it doesn’t.
If you THINK they will like it, they won’t.
Read other scripts and see if yours is better.
As you write your first pass, you MUST think, “I’m a genius and this is great and everyone will love it.”
You HAVE to think that.
Or you’ll give up and quit.
But, once you have a draft, turn into Blofeld. And be very very very very hard on yourself and your work.
They have too much to read to spend time on a script that you have not beaten within an inch of its life.
Do not smile at your pages when you rewrite. Frown at them and wrestle them into submission.
Cause they are.
Tape a photograph above your computer of the badass dude from PAN’S LABYRINTH, sewing up his face with no anesthesia. That’s the reader. One tough cookie. Be ready for him.