It’s been a great year – London Screenwriters Festival was bigger and better than its first year; Deviation, the thriller I associate-produced, sold to Revolver Entertainment for distribution in the new year and BUT WHAT NEXT? my first YA novel, sold to Rowohlt Publishers in Berlin and continues to be considered by a number of prominent UK publishers. And of course there was the arrival of our beloved Wee Girl # 2, who has found her voice and makes her feelings known every chance she gets – just like her elder siblings, the Wee Girl and The Male Spawn, both… Read More »Happy New Year: Highs & Low
As anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter knows, this last week I have been imploring my friends and followers to email their MP regarding Nadine Dorries’ and Frank Field’s proposed amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill regarding abortion. For anyone who may have missed it, Dorries and Field believe women seeking abortions should be offered counselling “independently”, as they think charities who perform abortions such as Marie Stopes and BPAS, have a “financial conflict of interest” – in other words, those organisations are too “pro-abortion” to be “trusted” to give women impartial advice as those £s… Read More »BUT WHAT NEXT? My Novel & The Current Abortion Debate
Professional scribe, long time Bang2writer & mate David Bishop has blogged about his experience of becoming a screenwriter after publishing forty trillion novels (100% true factoid) and has challenged me to blog my experiences of doing the reverse, so here it is. I’ve written on here before about how, as a child and teen, I *really* wanted to be a novelist. That was my dream. I loved movies and I loved TV – especially continuing drama – but it was books that made me go WOW. I thought the people who wrote them were the cleverest people in the world… Read More »Novel Writing # 2: Moving From Screenwriting to Writing Novels
CitizenNate over at Twitter asked about Routine Vs Inspiration when I put a shout-out re: blog posts, so here are my thoughts. I’ve written before that time management is key when you’re a writer, be that professional or on spec. However, whilst paying or collaborative jobs will often dictate various things such as deadlines, schedules, when to get feedback, etc, solo spec jobs are a WHOLE different ball game. Just where does one start? Let’s fast-forward the brainstorming, outline and treatment process. I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly met a writer who does it the same as another. Myself, I… Read More »Routine Vs Inspiration
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook or have read my bio, then you know I’m writing a novel at the moment. I wrote an in-depth pitch at first – about ten pages, rather like a script treatment – so technically I know exactly how the plot is supposed to work out. I have a beginning, a middle and end. I have all the character bios. I have a “statement of intent” (or writers’ vision). So actually, I guess it’s more like a series bible. So I’ve done all the planning I usually do. But that’s where the similarity… Read More »Novel Writing # 1
With my own novel still underway, now seemed a great time to hear about Helen’s thoughts on novel writing. Enjoy!———————————-Are you a writer? You’ve got a brilliant idea for a film or a TV series? You’re wondering how to get it into the hands of Hollywood film producers or senior commissioning executives at the BBC or other TV networks? Well, keep reading because I may have a solution for you, my friend. Welcome to Lucy’s blog. I will be your guest blogger for today. I write novels, poetry, plays, screenplays and children’s books. I’m a member of the Writers’ Guild… Read More »Guest Post: Why Not Write A Novel? By Helen Smith
I’ve been saving this to post up when the wind went out of my sails on Nanowrimo – which is right now. If you are too, check out Julian’s thoughts below, might give you the push you need!———————————————-Novelists turn to screenwriting and vice versa, but this often fails. Why? We are all STORYTELLERS. But to write a 100,000 word novel typically takes 6 – 9 months, which can be very off-putting. Nevertheless, Julian believes writing prose is a very serious compliment to screenwriting. Six Reasons to Write Books As Well As Scripts: – You’ve probably read more novels than scripts… Read More »Nanowrimo Special: Julian Friedmann at the SWF 09 "A Novel Approach"
Hi. I know I haven’t posted for nearly a week, I can tell you: everything’s fine. Honest. (Well, fine apart from the fact Hub appears to have LOST the notebook with my SWF notes in!!!) Also: 1) I haven’t given up blogging 2) I am not ill – nor is anyone else 3) No humans or animals are being harmed at my house (Unless Hub can’t find said notebook) I’m just drowning in a quagmire of work, script reading – and because I haven’t enough to do, Nanowrimo too. In the meantime, please feel free to catch up with me… Read More »Please Hold… Yet Again
So one day a little girl saw a bookcase and decided to be a writer. Said bookcase was full of novels with titles like SHADOWFIRES, MIDNIGHT, CABAL, WEAVEWORLD, IMAJICA, CARRIE and FIRESTARTER. Later the little girl would discover her mother had got them via one of those book clubs where you get them by post whether you like it or not and can’t return them. Mother didn’t even like horror *that much*, yet entirely by accident would influence her daughter’s genre choice. But for the little girl, the paperbacks in that big bookcase in the spooky corridor near the bathroom… Read More »The Frustrated Novelist
I feel at the moment as if my head is beset with stories. On the one hand, I have my RPP entry. It’s going pretty well: I have a full draft, I’ve had lots of feedback and yesterday I had a read-through with some lovely actors. They offered me lots of great suggestions, thoughts and points of view for improving the script, though they did suggest I might need to re-align the beginning. I actually agree with them, but of course I’ve already sent my ten pages off. However I couldn’t have had this epiphany BEFORE this point and it’s… Read More »Head Exploding. Back… Later.
In a week where I found myself writing the term “spunk vampire” in a Bang2writer’s development notes (hi Allen), I have discovered my novel so far is full of profanity as well. That won’t come as a surprise to those who know me in real life. As my own mother points out, I have “a gob like a sewer”. She had hoped I was one of those teens who would grow out of it in time, but sadly she’s had to give up: f*** this s***! What did surprise me was the word that has popped up most consistently –… Read More »Novel Update # 1: Profanity, Character Creation & Baked Beans
Okay, so after many, many months of supposed research, general panic, swearing, avoiding phone calls from my agent about it, internet surfing and talking about starting I have, finally, started my novel. And when I say started, I mean I started yesterday. But I have actually written five thousand actual words. And they’re actually good. Alright, semi-good. I’m pretty certain I’ve ripped off my beginning by accident (don’t you just hate it when that happens?) and that my character is named after someone in a bloody band (I must figure out which one), but otherwise I think it might actually… Read More »Ready… Set …. Go!