There’s an old saying I took to heart at a very young age, “If you want something doing, ask a busy person”. As a result I’m perpetually busy, but crucially I also get things done as well. I never thought this was weird or unusual, until I became an adult, as others kept remarking on it. A common declaration is that I must be able to somehow “bend or stretch time” to get so much in. Others will ask how I manage it: after all, I’m not just a writer, I’m a script editor, a social marketer, a London Screenwriters’… Read More »10 Tips On Being A Productive Writer
Updated No Unsolicited Material? So Get It Solicited … I’m always hearing from Bang2writers bemoaning the number of prodcos and agents that tell them they’re not accepting new clients, or that they won’t consider unsolicited material. My answer? Get them to SOLICIT YOUR WORK. Le duh. After all, ‘no unsolicited material’ simply means ‘don’t send us still didn’t ask for’! So get them to ask for it!!! Get them to ask for your work You CAN do this. Anyone can, if they know the right approach. But first there’s a couple of things you need to understand about the industry… Read More »How To Get Past ‘No Unsolicited Material’
It’s been a tough week this week for various reasons and of course strike news has not been great with the insult offer and not much else going on, though it appears complete deadlock has been avoided as yet. Hang on in there guys… Easy for me to say of course, I’m not the one with zero money coming in. Still thinking of you though and wishing you the very best of luck. So, to keep you smiling, here is a completely unrelated video that is the daftest six minutes of dancing that I have ever seen… I’m in awe… Read More »A Little Something For The Weekend
Well, the Bournemouth rally came to nothing sadly but thanks to all the writers who took the time to email me and express their solidarity and best wishes for the WGA. I did have a picture of me and the wee girl demonstrating our solidarity but sadly the bloody lead thingy that will send it from my hubby’s phone to the PC has gone bloody AWOL! I blame the boy since he was seen with the lead last. I tortured him by tying him to a chair last night and putting his favourite jelly hamburger sweets just out of reach… Read More »Virtual Solidarity: Good Luck WGA
The lovely Jill Golick has information about six rallies planned as part of the International Day of Solidarity in support of the WGA strike. All of these events will take place on Wednesday November 28th, 2007. In London: 12 noon outside the Trades Union Congress HQ in Great Russell Street in Central London. Piers will be there.UPDATE: So will James! In Toronto: From 10am to 12pm, The Sony Centre (formerly the Hummingbird Centre)@ the corner of Yonge and Front Street. In Montreal: 10:30am to noon, meet at the SARTEC offices (1229, rue Panet in Montreal – between René-Lévesque and Ste-Catherine).… Read More »Coming To A Town Near You
As some of you may know, next Wednesday is the official day of solidarity for striking writers and the day we can demonstrate our support for the WGA. I’m hearing quite a lot from the Writers Guild of Canada courtesy of the marvellous Jill Golick over their plans to demonstrate in Montreal and Toronto, but ironically I have heard absolutely zilch about The WGGB’s plans to mark this day. Anyone heard anything? What are they doing? Presumably the day will be marked in London but sadly I will be unable to attend (if it is indeed going on) since I… Read More »Nov 28th: Day of Solidarity
Well done to Eleanor for spotting this blog promoting a letter writing campaign to help our American cousins in the current strike. The blog has a list of addresses for all the CEOs from major studios and/or programmes, so this is a great way to do your bit and express your disdain for the current situation. And please don’t tell me letters don’t make any difference… Apathy makes even LESS difference my friends. And don’t tell me either you don’t have time to write a letter… This blog has a handy template for you to use and even if you… Read More »Do Your Bit For The Strike: Letter Writing Campaign
For anyone who might have missed it over at James Moran’s site, check out this website which gives loads of info including how to donate money for the picketers’ food runs if you can’t make it. FYI, 1 GBP = 2.03150 USD today, meaning $10.00 is £4.93 to us Brits (not even two pints of beer where I live!) and could make their day. You know you want to.
Not in America so can’t picket? Don’t let a teensy thing like geography and a whacking great ocean stop you… If you’re a member of Facebook, you can show your solidarity with our American cousins by joining the virtual picket line here. It’s running between Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 10:55pm and ends on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 12:00am on “computers everywhere”. Nice one, guys. See you there.
Many thanks to Dublin Dave who sends in a link to a video today explaining why the WGA are fighting for writers’ rights. If you want further clarification of what is going on or why, please watch it so it can help inform your decision and stance on this important issue. Click here to watch. I’ve heard that there have been UK writers – though not Bang2writers and mainly through word-of-mouth – delighting in the idea of a strike because it means being native English Speakers, they may have a chance with US prodcos and studios they may not have… Read More »More On The Strike: Why Should UK Writers Care?