Reader Question: What exactly is a “script polish”?

“I’ve always heard the term, but no one I’ve asked before seems to know the answer.”

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A question from The Z:

Could you delve into what exactly a polish is for a script? What is looked at, rewritten, added, deleted, etc.

I’ve always heard the term, but no one I’ve asked before seems to know the answer other than, “That’s the last thing you do to a script.” Okay — so what is it?

If you look at the current WGA schedule of minimums, you’ll see [P. 1] there is a distinction between a “Rewrite of Screenplay” and “Polish of Screenplay.” However I don’t think there’s any official definition of the term other than its placement in the chronology of writing services:

To answer your question at a practical level, let me humbly suggest that a script polish may involve:

Essentially taking a script that basically works, making it better, and bringing the project home.

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