How To Make Our Screen Stories Compelling Viewing

How To Make Our Screen Stories Compelling Viewing

Here in blighted Blighty we started a new lockdown. What to do? Many writers, being hermits, won’t notice until exasperated family or friend drags them outside when it’s all over. I thought I’d run through some of my favourite recent Netflix UK...
Art Is Never Finished…

Art Is Never Finished…

…only abandoned. When IS my screenplay finished? Every time I don’t finish a script, I think of this observation attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It’s partly the nature of the beast. You keep tweaking, until somebody takes it away from you. Should...
Cartography for Writers

Cartography for Writers

World building is a big thing for writers today. Readers and viewers like to escape to the familiar, fantasy or unknown worlds where our characters dwell. As we embark on designing our new world, we’re thinking landscape and orientation, key features and...
New Normal

New Normal

What is the New Normal? I cut my hair with kitchen scissors today. Some of you mutter, “That’s not normal.” Which was deliberate on my part, because now I can ask you, “What is normal?” The old one has gone and none of us has any idea...
Format Matters

Format Matters

I Hear You, I See You To begin a discussion about why format matters in screenwriting, I’m going to start with an amazing story. In 1977, NASA launched two exploration vehicles into space, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. They were programmed to explore around Jupiter and the...
How To Survive the NaNoWriMo Quicksand

How To Survive the NaNoWriMo Quicksand

NaNoWriMo is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a 30-day write-fest in which you write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. It happens every November. Breaking this down, you have to nail 1667 words a day, on average, for each day of the month....