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29,August
2017

12th Blogoversary

Well now, the blog’s 12 years old. But I’m still young of course, haven’t aged a day, ‘you look amazing, who does your hair’, I’ll never tell. A lot’s happened over the years, most of which I’ve chronicled on the blog, from an industry script reader making the transition as a new writer, to getting…... Read more
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
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
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
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
22,August
2016

Turning It Up To Eleven

The blog is eleven years old! I started way back in August 2005, and though blogging doesn’t seem as popular as it was in the heyday of the mid-late 00s, it’s still a meatier and more enjoyable way to pass the time online. Still, there seems to be a helluva lot more screenwriting noise demanding…... Read more
18,July
2016

Getting In The Tone Zone

When you get a chance to pitch or write for a TV show, one of the most important things (if not THE most important thing) is to get the tone right. This can be especially difficult if it’s a brand new show and the tone is still in flux (you may get general guides as…... Read more
06,April
2016

Starting A Screenwriting Career

It’s a whole new world out there. The entire screenwriting/filmmaking landscape has changed from when I was starting out back in the early 00s. There are more and more people bustling for producers’ inboxes than ever before. Plus, the competition is improving; good style and efficiency is now the prerequisite screenwriting standard. If I was…... Read more
03,February
2016

UK Scriptwriter’s Survival Handbook, Kindle version!

Tim Clague and I have written the UK Scriptwriter’s Survival Handbook, which has a load of practical tips on how you can get ahead in the world of scriptwriting (and the freelancing life in general). It’s all based on our experiences as writers/directors over the last 10 years. The book doesn’t tell you how to…... Read more
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