In Levinson on Levinson, Edited by David Thompson, Faber and Faber, 1992, p. 42, writer-director Barry Levinson said:
For me, the story must be approached first from premise into which I then find and place characters. I find that if I have a fleshed-out character in my head first, the premise adapts to it, and I prefer to put the worst-prepared people into their most difficult situations, rather than people who might be sub-consciously modified by me while fitting them to some idea after the fact.
But if there’s one thing new writers should heed here, it’s this: finish the draft before fixing the draft. First, because only with a completed whole will you know what fixes will be needed, or not needed because of being covered elsewhere. And second, because stopping a draft mid-way is the surest way to lose your momentum and never, ever, finish the thing.
Lee A. Matthias
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