The Writing Journal #48

Honey, I’m home! After a mini-break away from the Writing Journal last week, this Monday I return full of vim and vigour, ready to throw myself back into fray with gusto (and a new thesaurus, apparently…) Last week’s London trip was a lovely refresher, and it was great to spend time catching up with the … Continue reading The Writing Journal #48

The Writing Journal #47

Wise people often say that practice makes perfect. Since I’ve always believed that there’s no such thing as perfect in screenwriting/filmmaking (despite Richard Curtis’ best efforts), it might be wiser to revise it down to the slightly less catchy “practice makes better” when referring to screenplays; something I discovered quite plainly in my own work … Continue reading The Writing Journal #47

The Writing Journal #33

It seems there is a glut of phenomenal TV on our screens at the moment.  The Virtues, Years and Years, Ghosts and What We Do in the Shadows to name but a few (before you even begin to add in Big Little Lies, Killing Eve and The Handmaid’s Tale starting back up again the weekend … Continue reading The Writing Journal #33

The Writing Journal #31

A very interesting script crossed my desk this week, which provided a fascinating reminder to me of the importance of an active protagonist in a story. So fascinating, in fact, that I thought it a reminder worth sharing (although, of course, with the details removed for the sake of privacy). The first half of this … Continue reading The Writing Journal #31

The Writing Journal #30

“Just when they think they have all the answers, I change the questions.” Not only is this one of my favourite quotes from the incomparable “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, but it is also a sound piece of writing advice for anyone crafting a serial narrative. Jed Mercurio knows this, as do David Benioff and D.B.Weiss. Line … Continue reading The Writing Journal #30

The Writing Journal #29

What a weekend it’s been for 21st Century pop culture! Avengers Endgame has brought ten years and 21 films of planning, plotting and story-telling to an epic and magnificent conclusion (along with a “decent” $1.2billion at the global box office in 5 days…), whilst the Battle of Winterfell in Game of Thrones continued to redefine … Continue reading The Writing Journal #29

The Writing Journal #28

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating it this weekend. For me personally it’s been a great weekend of unwinding and relaxing in the glorious sunshine we’ve been enjoying. In fact, I’m so keen to get back out into the sunshine again before it inevitably disappears until August, that this is going to be a very short … Continue reading The Writing Journal #28