Yes, this is one for you writer technique nerds out there. And if it interests or helps you, I would love your thoughts.
How DO prodigiously creative people do it? We all have the same hours in the day. We have the day job, the lovely people in our lives and then maybe stuff like making music and art and enjoying other people’s! Rather than wonder / despair and feel inadequate, the only way is to see myselfContinue reading “Buzz In & Out”
Cracking email from Thousand Films this week – The Unloved has made the longest (c100/c2000 scripts). Shortlisting is now underway, with 10 talented writers winning in July. This is a great talent-finding initiative from Sid Gentle Productions, NFTS and the Edinburgh TV Festival. You can read more here.
Ah, those old Chinese curses, eh? A couple of years back, I was pitching a TV drama-comedy idea to a really cracking producer. We were both excited (I think!) about the central character – an unseated MP thrown into my old work world of lobbying, with all its grey shades and the implications for herContinue reading “May You Live In Interesting Times: a new age of political TV drama?”
A much-loved but unproduced theatre script, A Bit of a Song & Dance, made the BBC Drama Script Room long-list! They had a record number of entries, and a phenomenal amount to read, so I’m especially pleased – and grateful! As all writers out there know, there’s subjectivity in all of this, too, so I’mContinue reading “A Song & Dance for your details…”
Wonderful week last week, with lots of goodies coming at once. On Tuesday, I reviewed Michael Boyd (former RSC Artistic Director)’s new show, The Open House, for Bristol 24/7. You can read the review here. Then I popped on a train, feeling all intercontinentally high-flyin’, wrote my review on the tracks & when I wokeContinue reading “The Stuff I Do (yippee)”
I heard about it. I saw it in a friend’s vast personal library. He said “Here, take it.” It sat on my shelf for a year. I started it. Wow. I’m reading / doing / taking / following The Artist’s Way. It’s a course in a book. I’m fed up of feeling my work isContinue reading “Fingery-Pokery – The Artist’s Way”
I’ve just read a great piece about women in TV written by Emma Reeves, a show creator, playwright and WGGB award winner, into her research with the Writers Guild of Great Britain. Thanks to Philip Gladwin at Screenwriting Goldmine for letting me share it here. Here are some headlines: Analysing data from the five mainContinue reading “Women in TV”
All quiet on this south-western front of late, I know. I’ve been putting my 6-hour working days (school hours for small ones) to good writing use, then throwing in some extra after beddy-byes. All guns have been pointing at a new TV pilot, strengthening my screenwriting muscles and learning everywhere I can. So, without givingContinue reading “Some sharin’ – great TV writing resources”
I’m not entirely sure why but er, um, I haven’t written a speculative screenplay (plays, I have done) for err, um, five years. There you go. I have no more secrets. What the merry heave-ho have I been doing? ‘Cos I’m pretty sure I call myself a writer a lot of the time. There’s beenContinue reading “The Awful Art of Unwriting”