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15,February
2017

Working For Free?

Much as it angers and frustrates writers, agents and the Writers’ Guild, there simply is no getting around the fact that, at some stage, you’re going to have to work for free. This especially applies if you’re starting out as a screenwriter but even if you’re a seasoned scribe, sometimes you just have to pucker…... Read more
09,February
2017

Working From Home

Get up when you want. Wear what you want. Do what you want. Working from home is awesome, right?! Well yeah, it is, especially if your normal working day is an office job, and you get to spend the occasional day at home privately reading/researching/catching up with stuff. That’s quite nice. But on a full-time…... Read more
25,January
2017

The 6 Stages of Feedback

Re-posting this from my old blog as it’s one of my favourites, thanks largely to the photo poses of messrs Arnopp & Moran. Enjoy! Feedback is a bitch, isn’t it? Not feedback from your peers, although than can be quite thorny at times, but actual official notes about a commissioned piece of work. That’s the…... Read more
13,January
2017

Group Character Dynamics

Something’s been gnawing at me since I saw Rogue One. And then it furthered festered over Christmas as I saw a couple of ensemble films like Sing Street (and on TV, the great baseball film A League of Their Own). What’s on my mind exactly? The importance of group character dynamics. Let’s talk it out.…... Read more
04,January
2017

Screenwriting Goldmine Awards 2017

Happy New Writing 2017! If you’ve made some writing resolutions then January’s already lining up with some exciting possibilities. There are 14 opportunities alone on the BBC writersroom page at the moment, check them out here. Screenwriter Kulvinder Gill compiles a regular 1-page PDF to highlight various schemes and competitions, currently 60+, check them out…... Read more
31,December
2016

2016 Blog Review

The end is nigh. Thankfully, it’s just the end of 2016 but this year has felt pretty bleak with its constant doom and gloom. Luckily, on the work side of things for me, this year has been a lot more positive. Let me pick out some highlights, I won’t keep you long. This was the…... Read more
19,December
2016

Happy Christmas!

Here’s a cheeky little ‘Christmas card’ short from me & Tim, and our friends at Treehouse Digital and Divercol Productions. Shot in one take! Not so bad for us, bit more challenging for Izzy the actor. But she nails it, check it out. For behind the scenes info & photos, click here. Have a great…... Read more
01,November
2016

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Mental Health For Writers

If you subscribe to this blog (thank you), you’ll have seen my recent personal post (as a subscriber exclusive) about the challenges of mental health as a writer. This is an important topic, so I brought it up with Tim for the latest edition of the podcast, click here or listen below. Further down is…... Read more
18,October
2016

Finding Your Original Voice

As a new writer, how do you know what your original voice is? And once you get it, will it stay consistent, or will your voice break and develop into something else? In some of the scripts I read, they come across as an imitation of someone else’s voice. This is not to say that…... Read more
03,October
2016

Frolleague Inspiration

Every now and then it’s good to stop and look around you, and check out what your friends/colleagues are doing the utter bastards for inspiration. Or ‘frolleagues’, as I like to call them. First up, Jason Arnopp has written a fiendishly entertaining book called The Last Days of Jack Sparks about a celebrity journo who…... Read more
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