Given what I do, it’s no surprise that I take more than a passing interest in the avalanche of writerly advice available online. And nestled in amongst all the apps, infographics, gimmicky utensils and blogs there’s occasionally some really useful advice.
But there’s something I hardly ever see – and that’s articles extolling the virtues of talking through your ideas with a buddy.
I understand why some people rear back in horror at the thought of sharing their ideas or exposing half formed pieces. But as you know from my musings on Writing Groups, I’m a big fan of seeking constructive feedback from a like-minded chum. It’s a no-brainer to have your completed work objectively assessed, edited and critiqued before you publish or send out into the world – but what about while you’re stuck in the thick of it?
Continue reading The Benefits of Bouncing
Wish you could find more time to write? Join the very large club.
And have you noticed the very moment you try to find more time for writing projects, non-writing items suddenly quadruple in size and urgency?
I’ve realised that trying to “find time” is precisely where we’re going wrong. We need to take it.
We need to grab it, carve off a chunk and protect it from all invaders. Sound a bit too Game of Throne-sy?
Bang on, dear reader. We need to get brutal. There’s only one person on the planet interested in protecting your writing time and that’s you. It’s time to pull up the drawbridge and fill the moat with piranha.
Want to get that project finished this year?
Continue reading Can’t Find Time to Write? Get Carving
So you’ve nailed your kick-ass idea. You’ve spent long hours grinding out that first screenplay and you’re ready to send your baby into the world – or are you?
After reading hundreds of screenplays by new writers, I’ve seen a bunch of flaws that will almost certainly ensure your screenplay gets the thumbs down – even if the idea is fab.
Receiving the “great idea, badly executed” response won’t make the rejection any sweeter – so give your baby a better chance by ensuring you’re not guilty of these mistakes…
Continue reading 8 Ways New Screenwriters Undermine Their Screenplay