Notes from a Screenreader: Commuter Blues

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You drove 20 miles home in heavy traffic and don’t remember any of it. That’s the dissociation you use to deal with the sameness of your commute.

It also happens when you read your script. Your brain fills in what’s supposed to be there and you blow right by your mistakes.

Typos, missing words, wrong character names, insubstantial motivations, and scenes we need to see but don’t. They’re there. Lurking. Ready to trip readers up like a rake in the lawn.

You literally can’t trust your own eyes. Three or four other pairs are usually enough to catch them all, but the more the merrier. Pack that car full of people. You won’t miss a thing.

ANNIE LABARBA 

Annie is a screenwriter, story consultant, and reader for major screenplay competitions.

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