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THE ROYAL TAPES, Writing For Radio

I carted myself off to Bristol last night for the workshop for the BBC Royal Tapes, an opportunity from The Writers’ Room in conjunction with BBC Radio Five Live. It proved an interesting night, though disappointingly no one in the crowd seemed “up” for networking. I spoke to a few people outside, but inside the actual room there was a sombre and intent air of the thirty or so present. Though most took copious notes, so I guess I’m going to have some mean competition – not least because there were other workshops that week in places like Newcastle and… Read More »THE ROYAL TAPES, Writing For Radio

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Homicidal Tendencies

This morning I woke up and found I was in Stereotype World. My children bounced out of bed like little lambs in spring, my husband made coffee whilst whistling, even the kitten was playing with a ball of string. I was filled with an enormous sense of well-being, Park Life-style. Something was definitely wrong. However I decided I might as well take the smooth with the rough, so went and opened my emails: on the Shooting People Screenwriters’ List I discovered this blog gets a mention in the lovely Andy’s editorial. Again I was pleased until I saw: “I’m glad… Read More »Homicidal Tendencies

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Bits and Bobs

Right, I have 1401 things to do before the end of the week (really), so here’s a random mess of stuff that has or will be happening in the next 24 to 48 hours. Starting with the “has happened” first then: The writer, producer and director JK Amalou has launched himself as a script reader and editor as well as mentor and wants me to tell all you lot. He’s a quality guy and has worked for the likes of Polygram, Studio Canal, Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese. He’s also a lot of fun and I’ve had a great time… Read More »Bits and Bobs

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Arena, Part 2: Resonance

Some interesting comments and questions were raised yesterday, proving that what constitutes an Arena is not only a little controversial, but touched with a soupcon of subjectivity. I made Shell’s brain melt yesterday (Hi Shell) by suggesting that Arena goes beyond the “world in which your story operates”. To recap, I suggested that Arena can not only go beyond your actual story and become a reflection of the theme and/or message behind it, it can also become a character in its own right, suitably freaking our Jason out to boot. Before I begin, I should point out that perhaps I… Read More »Arena, Part 2: Resonance

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Arena, Part 1

Many thanks to David, who asked I blog about Arena. Arena is a term I use with abandon, since until quite recently, I thought it was universal in that “everyone” knew what it was. I learnt it first at university and it was then reinforced for me through working for both literary agents and writing initiatives, where it often comes as part of the actual report templates: How does the writer reveal/use arena in this script? etc etc. So Arena is important. People are looking for how you use it in your script. But what is it? Well, the dictionary… Read More »Arena, Part 1

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Scribosocial: Date?

Okay, so I’ve had a completely underwhelming response in terms of dates, places to go etc on comments and email. And yet an overwhelming one in terms of threats, accusations, double entendres and puns. Nothing unusual there, then. So I’m going to go out on a limb in terms of a date: how about July 14th? It’s a saturday my little pretties, which it needs to be if I’m organising it ‘cos I’m going to be abandoning the kids to Him Indoors. Hopefully they won’t turn to wild savages in my absence and run riot on the moors, but you… Read More »Scribosocial: Date?

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Scrib – O – Meet

Okay, both Jason and Piers have been cyber-bullying me into organising another Scribosocial, despite the plain fact they both live in bloody London and I’m the Outsider. But we all know women are better at organising stuff than men – and let’s face it fellas, better all round! ; ) – so here we go, three things for ya. 1.Tell me when’s a good date for you.2. Tell me where you want to meet.3. Tell me what it is you want to do – meal, drinking, debauchery, poking gerbils with sticks etc. I’m sure we can cater for all tastes.… Read More »Scrib – O – Meet

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Your Script Is A House

So the vendors didn’t accept our offer. I thought I would be disappointed, but the vendors were such 24 carat WANKERS that I’m just mad as hell. The price they wanted for a house that needed that much work was totally unrealistic; I went off it in seconds. I don’t watch Kirsty and Phil and Sarah Beeny for nowt you know, you can’t pull the wool over my eyes punks! They’re the ones that lost out, not us: we can find something a hell of a lot better than that with more potential and less work. It had salt and… Read More »Your Script Is A House

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Long Distance Screenwriter Wrap Up and General Stuff

Many thanks to Lucie, Barry, Anya and the presumably Bart Simpson-obsessed Eat My Shorts for pointing out that I didn’t give you my thoughts on the panellists on The Long Distance Screenwriter Course. When promising a further update “tomorrow” (which has now become yesterday), I had forgotten I was going to Bournemouth to search for a house. Which I found, thanks, but more of that in a min. So, Adrian handled the morning sesh before handing over to Marc Pye, Louise Ironside, Rob Fraser and Peter Hynes. All looked remarkably sane and not drunk, which was a plus since I’ve… Read More »Long Distance Screenwriter Wrap Up and General Stuff

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The Long Distance Screenwriter, Part Two

As promised, part two of my notes. Hey boy, hey girl, Superstar DJ… Here we go! Skillset. Adrian recommended in the first instance that all writers familiarise themselves with the work and opportunities available through Skillset. Knowing what one can get funding for and how helps writers make decisions and book training, courses etc that *could* make all the difference to their career. However, it’s surprising how few writers know exactly how Skillset works or what they fund. So go check it out! Film Festivals. Film Festivals can be a great place to network and get new leads from, even… Read More »The Long Distance Screenwriter, Part Two

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