Diamond In The Rough Draft

Good question.

In some cases, you shouldn’t.  If a quiet, honest place in you knows you’ve written something true and beautiful, don’t listen to anyone.  Run to a studio, agent or publisher before someone makes you doubt yourself.

But listen to me over your mother, especially if she thinks you’re a fool, or a genius. Listen to me over the voices in your head, those yelling you’re a fool, or a genius. Sometimes brilliance takes a few drafts. Sometimes we grow so attached to hard-won words that removing one feels like amputation. In such moments, we need an outside voice.


Who am I and why should you listen to me?


“Smart, perceptive and articulate, Laurie analyzes material brilliantly.”

- Sydney Pollack

Annie Dillard wrote, of those who churn out a perfect book in weeks, “some people feel no pain in childbirth, some people eat cars. There is no call to take human extremes as norms.” I love writers and the rigors of writing and I’m on your side. I’ll keep your ideas private and I won’t lie to you. Once you are a fancy Hollywood writer or bestselling author you will remember this promise as quaint.

Prior to my work with independent clients, I was Vice President of Development for Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella’s Mirage Enterprises. At Mirage I contributed to the development of such films as: THE INTERPRETER, COLD MOUNTAIN, CATCH A FIRE, BREAKING AND ENTERING and MICHAEL CLAYTON. Watching formerly unpublished or un-produced clients find publication and success, makes my job a joy.  Even more, the delight of watching clients discover solutions to story problems they feared were intractable, is why I do what I do.

Call me if you’re in the amputation phase.

Laurie Webb


(910) 547-6209