In addition, I've pretty much stopped doing my literal 'red pen' edits of screenplays. First, bad screenplays are unreadable, and if I struggle to get past the first 10 pages it's all over. I refuse to continue. It's not worth it and I return the script stating that it needs too much work for me to continue and we discuss what I read so far. As I read I'll make notes on the printout in red pen. Blunt, harsh, to the point. This is then followed up with a session going over every single note with the writer. Sometimes we change things, sometimes it just needs rewording, sometimes we leave it as is. It's up to the writer if they want to change anything at all. That's on them. That gives me the freedom to express my concerns and them the freedom to write the script they want. But it's a brutal process and some people can't take it. I've had people shout in anger and frustration, threaten to give up writing altogether, and even cry. But in the end they understand the process and leave with a better script. It's just so draining and time consuming I don't do it anymore.