Selecting the Right Person to Read Your Monologue

Deciding whom you ask to read your manuscript is very important. You should trust and respect the opinion of the person you're asking to read your material. You should feel that he can intelligently articulate any problems that he sees in your text. It's a very vulnerable time for you as the writer of the script. You need to make sure that the person you've asked to criticize your piece is someone who will be honest with you, but also supportive. And always remember, no matter whom you choose, he is just one person, with his own subjective point of view. He's not God. At the end of the day, it's always your opinion that carries the most weight.

I personally feel that writers should hold off as long as they can before handing their work over to someone else for criticism. Try to give yourself as much time as you need, live with your script for as long as you can. Only give it to someone else when you honestly feel that you can no longer be objective about it or feel that there are large problems that you just can't get a handle on. Do not expect or ever allow the reader you've selected to give you solutions to problems that he sees or suggestions as to how you should rewrite your monologue. The best readers are the ones that can pose the right questions to you, not give you answers.

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