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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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BBC’s Academy of Crime…

…Drama, that is. Hot off the press from Broadcast and as rumoured by various blogging attendants of various Q&As and courses at the moment:————————————————The BBC is extending its successful drama academy to serials, with a special focus on crime drama. Each year it will take on eight writers with experience on long-running dramas and develop their skills in more prestigious short-running series over a two-week course. Together, they will develop at least one new crime drama and graduates could work on Waking the Dead or Silent Witness. “It is a step up in that sense,” said Ceri Meryck, development producer,… Read More »BBC’s Academy of Crime…

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Q&A: Marc Pye, "Act Of Grace" Movie

Regular readers of this blog will no doubt recognise the name Marc Pye from this, this and this post. As he’s a prolific Bang2writer, I’ve read lots of Marc’s work now and as a veteran of UK TV drama, Marc has written on numerous shows like River City, The Street, Holby Blue and Echo Beach. In fact, he’s so busy all the time (damn him), it’s wonder Marc has time for anything but writing TV… But he manages it somehow and I’m pleased to announce that Marc, along with co-writers Max Kinnings and Alan Field, have managed to get their… Read More »Q&A: Marc Pye, "Act Of Grace" Movie

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10 on TV Drama: ITV’s New Drama

UPDATE: Friend of the blog Marc Pye wrote tonight’s episode I’ve just this minute found out, so watch it my friends!!!!!!! English Dave makes the very good point that ITV *might* just be the new BBC: the likes of Echo Beach etc marks a new era for the channel under the leadership of “Micky Grade” as ED likes to call him and I for one am well up for it. Man. Whilst many writers and would-be writers might say they “wouldn’t lower themselves” to write for the likes of Echo Beach, Moving Wallpaper, The Royal Today et al, the fact… Read More »10 on TV Drama: ITV’s New Drama

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10 On TV Drama: Soap, Flourescent TV

I love Soap Opera – oops, sorry: I mean “continuing drama”, foolish of me. Soap Opera is naturally a poor title, since it implies this kind of drama is melodramatic and somewhat, well, soapy which connotes the notion (to me at least) that whilst it might *seem* ordinary on the outside, if ingested it causes an unpleasant taste in the mouth and potential stomach upsets. Okay, that is not working at all. Let’s try again. I like Soap Opera because of this: That’s right, the scraps. Or fights, fisticuffs, rucks, rowdiness or whatever else you’d care to call them. A… Read More »10 On TV Drama: Soap, Flourescent TV

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