about starting again…
I first started blogging about screenwriting two or three years ago. I had it in my head that I could impart a little bit of knowledge and thought on how to construct a screenplay. I drew diagrams (too many diagrams). I made sincere exhortations about what a character should be and reams of verbiage of narrative structures. There was green advice about how to take a general meeting after I’d taken — I don’t know — maybe three of them.
Somewhere along the line I got busy (partly with writing, partly not). Blogging dropped off my list of priorities. It felt a bit, you know, 2005. And so I took the blog down.
In the last few months, though, I’ve been thinking about starting it all up again — and that’s why you’re reading this. I’m probably a bit more tentative now about whether or not I’ve got much expertise to impart to anyone out there reading, but I did realise I missed the benefits to me of writing about writing. I realised I used the blog to work through my practice, to understand a bit more about the writer I could and wanted to be.
So, I’m going to give it another go. Going to start again. To keep the momentum up, I’ll be publishing some of my old articles and will be writing new ones.
There’ll be fewer diagrams, this time around. Promise.
about “the process”
If I’m entirely honest with you – I’m a little bit hesitant about that “the” in the URL bar. It seems to imply that there is only one way of going about doing this thing we do, only one way of constructing that mystical, magical, infuriating document we call a screenplay.
I don’t believe that’s the case (and I’m a bit dubious of the so-called “experts” or “gurus” that say otherwise). The truth is that there are approximately 500 billion ways of slogging your way through to the few. Here, I’ve tried to capture mine.
In fact, even calling it a “process” is probably going a little bit too far. It’s really a series of tools, resources and random thoughts that – at least I hope – might help you out in putting the pictures in your head onto paper.
Probably like you, I’m a writer – early career. I’ve started in the business: I’ve got an agent, and had some minor successes – I’ve developed TV shows with Channel 4 and ITV studios and I’ve written and re-written features for some great companies. I’m still to be produced.
I’m no grizzled pro raking in a million a script. I suspect I’m pretty much like you, struggling through a few pages a day, still finding my feet in a sometimes cruel, sometimes kind business.