Rehearsing with a typewriter
I don’t mind throwing work away. I think that every pass at a scene is like an improvisation. You could improv it one time or fifty times. Even if you find one line of dialogue and the rest of the scene is no good, that’s great. I roll pages a lot—I use a typewriter. I’ve got tons of crumpled-up paper all over the place. I read, throw it out, start again, read, and start again, as if I’m rehearsing a scene. I know a lot of people like using a computer to make changes because it’s more convenient, but I find that with a typewriter, every time I’m forced to retype the whole page, it’s like another rehearsal. It’s like in the theater where actors rehearse a scene for six weeks before they go on stage. They begin to internalize their roles and the repetition is the act of creating the character. For me, the repetition of retyping a scene is part of writing really good scenes and good dialogue, constantly rewriting as I go along, doing it again, over and over, until it begins to form up and the energy starts to shape itself. But even then, it’s never final.