Wednesday, 29 August 2007
State of Play
Down from the cave, and back to work. I’ve been working at this writing lark for about two years now, so I had a little anniversary think about where I need to improve, my goals, and what to write next
The provisional results are just in, so…
Where I need to Improve…
I need to work on premise more, to make sure my ideas are fully developed, and as original as possible.
I need to plan more.
I need to pay more attention to story, and work on credibility and flow.
I need to focus on character more.
I need to work on making my characters more vivid and rounded (and keep an eye on how the audience see them.)
I need to visualise not verbalise.
I need to make sure my dialogue is not too on the nose.
I need to rewrite, not just polish.
Basically, I need to improve in just about every area! But at least I know that I do…
Getting a short film made is still my short term goal, so I’m working on my Digital Shorts proposals at the moment.
I’ve decided to try to get into fun-packed world of script reading in the medium term, as a way of making money within the industry. So I’m going on The Script Factory reading course, and I'm going to (try to) read a script a day to develop my reading muscles before looking for gainful reading employment.
I also need to think about getting into TV long term. I probably prefer TV to film at the moment, and there’s more money in it"! But despite this, and despite having been on Adrian Mead’s course, I’ve been too film focused so far. I’m going to the WGGB BBC writersroom event on Sept 13th, which is a start - anyone else going?
What to write next
I’m working on shorts at the moment, but still not too sure what to do after that.
I need to look at writing something for TV, and I need to write a feature spec that producible (ie low budget) , but commercial. And it (obviously) needs to fire me up. Got a few ideas knocking around - one of which is a new take on the 1st script I ever seriously wrote, which may or may not be a good idea!
So that’s where I’m at. How y'all you doing?