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First Impressions

When I used to edit film, I learned to note my instant reaction to a cut. This was necessary because after ten or more hours going at the same scene, your instincts on it inevitably changes, usually to making it shorter – you want to make a segment pacier because it’s become so familiar to you.

I think when writing, specifically in rewriting during development, we tend to forget our privileged, familiarised view and get stuck on into the way we feel about the piece now. Development usually means there’s more for the re-reader/watcher to find when they come back to your work, which is great, but since the majority of people will only engage with it once, I think remembering how you first reacted will both help with criticism during the development process as well as help you better understand your future audience.

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