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Decision Time: Television or Film?

Gone are the days in which television was derided as the inferior cousin of film. When I first started writing I recall many of my colleagues pouring scorn on soaps, drama series and even serial dramas, especially when I was still at university: there was no “emotional truth” there apparently; all the writers doing it were hacks; it was one big sausage factory, end of. Yet in the last five years — less, even — all this appears to have changed. Once my spec pile would have consisted solely of shorts and features — now I have spec television scripts… Read More »Decision Time: Television or Film?

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Guest Post: The TV Forum at The Script Factory by Hilary Wright

Two days at the Soho Theatre in Dean Street for The Script Factory’s take on TV drama. Mornings featured lectures by Rob Ritchie: four-act structure, handling multiple storylines, writing to immovable deadlines, dialogue vs. pictures, rules and conventions of British TV drama formats… and that was just the first morning. As ever with Script Factory courses, participants receive a helpful binder of notes covering the content in great detail. I’ve heard some Script Factory presenters simply read these notes out, which is dull, but Ritchie was far more adept, rounding out the printed content with explanation, anecdote and reminder, deftly… Read More »Guest Post: The TV Forum at The Script Factory by Hilary Wright

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NEWS JUST IN: Screenwriting Success is MINE, ALL MINE >mwahahahahahahahahahah<

That’s right. I have it IN THE BAG. And all I had to do was get knocked up underage and be the black sheep of the family, I knew it all had a purpose… Read and learn my friends! We’re driving in the car at the weekend and Alf, my eleven year old, suddenly asks: ALF: What happened to Holby Blue? ME: I dunno. There were two seasons… Maybe there’ll be a third? ALF: Nope, there would’ve been one by now. I’ve been waiting. ME: You watch Holby Blue? ALF: I love Holby Blue! ME: Okaaaaaaay… A pause a moment… Read More »NEWS JUST IN: Screenwriting Success is MINE, ALL MINE >mwahahahahahahahahahah<

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The FEAR

So I’ve drafted and redrafted the application questions for my Writers’ Academy application. I’ve drafted, had readers’ reports, cogitated, polished and re-polished my writing sample. I’ve gone through everything with a fine toothcomb. In theory, it’s *got* to be ready to send out. In theory. I just know, as soon as I click the return button, the FEAR will strike. Have I done enough? Is the sample good enough? Have I picked the right one?? Is it emotional enough?? Can it be better? Have I missed something obvious? Are there typos or grammar errors? Can they smell my desperation emanating… Read More »The FEAR

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My Writing Story, Pt 2: Beyond

So, as I said in the last post: I was done with writing, I was moving to Exeter, I was gonna be a teacher. Ha ha. I applied – too late as it turns out – for a PGCE that August, so I could start at uni the moment I got to Exeter in September. It didn’t work out; they were full, though they said I could start September after. Brilliant: I had a whole year to fill. Being a single Mum though meant I had plenty to occupy my time; I had to find my kid a school, for… Read More »My Writing Story, Pt 2: Beyond

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My Writing Story, pt 1: University

Miss Read has been writing about her own experiences at university doing a scriptwriting degree, which has got me thinking about mine. I’ve had a roundabout journey in scriptwriting, falling into script reading on the way and giving up on this whole lark more than once in pursuit of a more “sensible” job. But it seems I just can’t keep away, ‘cos I’m still going… Let us know how you got into it in the comments section.————————————————————————————-When I decided to become a writer, I was 18 and had dabbled with the creative arts my whole life. I’d done a journalism… Read More »My Writing Story, pt 1: University

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Happy Easter

It’s pretty quiet here script-reading wise as it is every April (with it being the end of the tax year), so I’ve been taking the opportunity to spend some time with the kids as it’s the Easter holiday. I’ve also been doing my Writers’ Academy application: I’ve written a script especially for it this year and am taking my time, right up to the deadline – usually I write the application and send off a sample from my portfolio in the first week, but that hasn’t exactly held me in good stead in previous years, since I haven’t progressed to… Read More »Happy Easter

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Brain Exploding. BRB.

I think the PDF may just be the saviour of forests worldwide: I swear on all my cats’ and children’s lives, if the backlog of scripts I have were made of paper instead of megabytes (or whatever computer files are made of), I think I would have to resort to actually creating a NEW house made entirely of scripts, for there would be no way in hell I could get to anything useful or interesting in my real house. I always find January quite busy because of people’s new year resolutions to get writing finished and sent off to various… Read More »Brain Exploding. BRB.

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Hmmmmf

So I didn’t get an interview for The BBC Writers’ Academy. Again. So here goes: What do they want?? Blood?? First Born Son?? Etc?! That’s it, I’m finished. Aaaaah. Feel so much better. Beer time, methinks. Then: ONWARDS…

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10 On TV Drama: UK versus US

SPOILERS: CSI & WAKING THE DEAD Many thanks to the one person a week average who has emailed me over the last couple of months, telling me that my “10 on TV Drama” series has only 9 articles. I had noticed, ta: it was all part of a deliberate plan. Honest. Basically I wanted to see how the latest series of CSI and Waking The Dead would pan out before concluding this series in the hope that it would help me decide, once and for all, how I feel about the state of UK drama versus the US model. It’s… Read More »10 On TV Drama: UK versus US

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