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05,April
2017

How To Get An Agent, 3 Key Tips!

(Psst: review/rate Nelson Nutmeg on Amazon, thanks!) The ultimate catch-22 of screenwriting: you want an agent. The agent’s not interested until you’ve got some work. But it’s incredibly difficult to get work without an agent. So what do you do? Here are 3 key tips (plus 2 podcasts and another blog link at the end!…... Read more
22,February
2017

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Treehouse Digital

In the latest UK Scriptwriters Podcast, we chat to writing duo (and married couple), Natalie Conway & Pete Stanley-Ward. They’re part of the Treehouse Digital team, and they share their unique and fascinating journey from making their own DIY shorts, to making their debut feature, to the Creative England funded short Litterbugs, and maintaining their…... 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
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
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
02,September
2016

Stranger Things: Characterisation & Structure

Stranger Things has happened. The eight-part supernatural thriller arrived on Netflix in July. In bingewatch terms, that’s like, 2 years ago now. The series – about a boy who mysteriously disappears in a small Indiana town – quickly established itself as a cult phenomenon thanks to its 80s homage aesthetic. The internet fanbase couldn’t get…... 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
02,March
2016

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: LIVE!

Last Monday, we did a live podcast! This new internet thing is amazing, it might just take off. The podcast was a lot of fun. We interacted with live questions about screenwriting and getting ahead in the biz, all with only minor technical hiccups. If you missed the whole shebang, you can listen to it…... Read more
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