Discard What You Don’t Need.

This is an easy piece of advice to agree with. Until we open a drawer, or look in a cupboard, or try and find a file on our computers. There are lots of reasons and theories about how and why we accumulate so much stuff and our parents, spouses or partners, and professionals, telling us… Continue reading Discard What You Don’t Need.

Discard.

Having expectations and an overall aim are widely believed to be useful for success. Some suggest that to be truly successful you have to break everything down into stages and specific blocks of thought and action. Many people do achieve what they set out to using this style of methodology. Sometimes, however, we are not… Continue reading Discard.

I’ve Been Kondo’d!

Studying martial arts from a young age taught me not underestimate the small person - for most of the time I was that small person.  Lifestyle, tidying, de-cluttering guru, Marie Kondo is definitely one of those opponents you should be wary of. I was gentlemanly and didn’t look up her personal information but from watching… Continue reading I’ve Been Kondo’d!

Tips for Screenwriters from a Professional Story Analyst – Coverfly

Tips for Screenwriters from a Professional Story Analyst - Coverfly — Read on http://www.coverfly.com/tips-for-writers-from-a-professional-story-analyst/ Great pointers from story analyst , Micah Goldman. 'Your voice is the soul of the screenplay.' So what is your voice and how can you show that on the screen or the page?

Writing A Character Series.

Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/27/me-and-my-detective-by-lee-child-attica-locke-sara-paretsky-jo-nesb-and-more

The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter’s Journey – ScreenCraft

Applying the twelve stages of Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey to The Screenwriter's Journey. Source: The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter's Journey - ScreenCraft This a great article from Ken Miyamoto - no attempt to summarise this - you have to read the whole thing for yourselves. I hope you get as much from it… Continue reading The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter’s Journey – ScreenCraft

Embracing the Void.

Photo by Tania Malréchauffé on Unsplash This is another post from the Archive. I've hit a point in my current working project where I've had to take stock of what is there and what isn't there in the story so far. This post came to mind as a guide for me as I am reviewing… Continue reading Embracing the Void.

Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1

You know who Chase Jarvis is right? You've heard of CreativeLive? No? Then hit the links before reading any further. It's okay. I'll wait for you. Sorted? Great! Now we all are familiar with Chase and his amazing team in CreativeLive, then let's get into his book Creative Calling. This book is his blueprint and… Continue reading Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1

From the Archives – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

I was looking back through some of the older posts and I thought that this one was worthy of dusting off. I've altered a few little bits to update it, but it is mostly what I originally wrote. I hope you enjoy it. Recently I revisited one of my favourite Ray Bradbury novels in Fahrenheit… Continue reading From the Archives – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Lessons from Celine Sciamma’s Writing Process.

https://youtu.be/LeHhX0K1kkg This talk by French Screenwriter and Film Maker, Celine Sciamma, has challenged me in two ways. It has challenged my already challenged mind regarding the received 'this is the way you plot a story'.It has challenged me to think even more deeply about what the focus of my stories are. For Sciamma there is… Continue reading Lessons from Celine Sciamma’s Writing Process.