I think the toughest part of any first draft for me has to be Act Three. Which seems odd, because by that point most of the character or plot pitfalls have long since been ironed out, and I’m looking at 20 to 30 blank pages as opposed to 60 or 100.
On the other hand, by this point the flaws in the preceding two acts are calling out to me for correction. I have ideas for paving over plot holes, shoring up weak characters, tightening dialogue, and adding more depth to everything. Inconsistencies in use of all caps and overuse of double-hyphens are driving me bananas.
I just can’t wait to get to the next draft, so finishing the last 20 pages of this one’s sometimes a real chore. I’m also eager to get the draft out to my first round of readers for feedback, especially after several weeks or months of mostly working through it on my own.
I am trying a new strategy, which seems to be helping. Normally I mostly write scenes in sequence, but this time when I reached the last act I wrote all the key scenes first, then started jumping around working on whatever interstitial scenes most interested me at the time. I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile now, but it’s hard to break out of the sequential habit, particularly early in a script. But it’s working well, so I’ll add it to my toolkit for future first drafts for at least the third act.