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The London Book Fair, Monday Apr 19th – Notes

I attended the London Book Fair this Monday just past… Here’s what I learned in three seminars there. Enjoy!——————————Assess Your Manuscript – Rebecca Swift, The Literary Consultancy Several Bang2writers have used this service for their own novels and spoken highly of it, so I was keen to hear what Rebecca had to say. I was a little disappointed to hear what I felt was essentially a extended sales pitch for the full half hour: I’d have liked to hear about Rebecca’s own experiences with the slush pile and HOW she might assess a person’s manuscript (as the title of the… Read More »The London Book Fair, Monday Apr 19th – Notes

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#Scriptchat: Reader Panel, March 28th, 2010

Just a quick one today… I was on Euro #scriptchat last night with Script Angel’s Hayley McKenzie, answering tweeps’ questions about script reading and script editing. Couldn’t make it? Then check out the transcript here. #Scriptchat is a FAB resource for screenwriters: even if you hate the idea of Twitter, it really is worth getting an account just for this event – every sunday at 8pm (Euro) or 10pm (US). Check it out!

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A Twit’s Guide To Twitter

Some people believe absolutely the likes of Twitter are a WASTE OF TIME – it’s mere procrastination, indulgence, maybe even a bit unhealthy… And certainly if I was tweeting what my kids had for breakfast and the colour of their resulting bowel movements I’d agree. But like anything, it depends what you use it for. And though Twitter has meant a decline in quality “full-length” (oo er) blogging, it has OPENED UP THE FLOOR for all writers and those interested in writing, filmmaking and beyond, at ALL stages of their career. So if you’re already there – HELLO!!! – please… Read More »A Twit’s Guide To Twitter

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Character Types On Twitter

If you’re wondering how Twitter works or even if you’re there already, I thought I’d compose a (mostly) tongue in cheek about the types of characters you can find on there: The Dullard. We all know the one: s/he likes to tell us EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING at this given moment, all the time – whether it’s eating a sandwich, cooking or waiting for someone to pop round. Yawn. UNFOLLOW. The Oversharer. Whether it’s an anecdote about a urine infection, an ingrown toenail or the fact your dog is humping your leg RIGHT THIS MINUTE, we don’t want to hear… Read More »Character Types On Twitter

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Merry Christmas [or equivalent], Everyone

If you can’t do without me during the festive season, you’ll no doubt be able to find me on Twitter or Facebook. Have a good one… See you in 2010!

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Script Chat: Focus On Feedback

Writers, are you on Twitter? If you’re not, you can’t take part in Script Chat. Script Chat takes place on Twitter every sunday, at 8pm for us GMTers and 2pm for whatever the US peeps are (real stuff like time has never been my forte). All you need do is sign into your Twitter account and add the hashtag #scriptchat to dive straight in. Later the US moderator JeanneVB posts up a transcript of the chat up on the official blog. You really can’t afford to miss out… even if you HATE the idea of Twitter, get yourself an account… Read More »Script Chat: Focus On Feedback

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An Approach To Spec Writing

We all have our different approaches to spec writing: some believe “slow and steady wins the race” and write and rewrite over a large period of time; others “binge” on writing and editing, writing non-stop for a short period of time and then cogitating in-between bursts of activity. I wrote the following for a laugh on my Twitter account yesterday and by popular demand, am reproducing it here. Enjoy!————————————— 1) Tell everyone you’re writing a new spec. 2) Don’t do anything. 3) Write a pitch doc 4) Send it to friends, some producers, etc 5) Don’t do anything 6) Wait… Read More »An Approach To Spec Writing

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