Had dinner with Linda Seger, author of Making a Good Script Great and a ton of other superb screenwriting books.
Asked, “What is the most common mistake beginning writers make?”
“They think it’s easy.”
Really? How could ANYONE think this is easy? They must, though. What an amazing thought.
“And they don’t rewrite. That’s the difference between a professional and an amateur. Amateurs think they’re done. Professionals rewrite and rewrite and rewrite.”
Linda said she never shows anyone anything she’s written until she’s done at least four drafts. She never feels anything is finished until she has done at least ten drafts.
So. Food for thought.