Too Many Notes

What’s the one mistake you’re most likely to make when putting together a pitch?

To quote from Amadeus, “There are simply too many notes.”  Or in the case of writers, too many words.

It’s not just you; I do it, too.  The novel is so full, the screenplay so exciting, there’s just so darn much good stuff to convey… It’s inevitable.  And it kills the pitch.

You have to narrow your story down to one essential ingredient.  And then you have to think of the most interesting way to convey that one piece.  Not the most complete way; no details please.  You have to be accurate and you have to be engaging – and then you have to be quiet.  They can get all the other goodies once they’ve agreed to read your masterpiece. Getting that “yes” is all the pitch needs to do.

 

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