Reading makes the best writing

I’m only now realising the importance, and the joy, of reading scripts.I did read some when I was ‘learning the craft’, but then I stopped. I didn’t want to pollute my own creativity. That stupid decision probably set my writing back a number of years. Reading scripts from good movies will help you to see …

Death and Taxes

It’s taken me a while to realise that writing is a business – a proper business. I’m not talking about all the guff to do with contracts, selling scripts, and attribution. I’m talking about claiming expenses. You are entitled to claim back some of the expenses from writing – even if you have not sold …

Write what you… No

“Write what you know” – have you ever been told that? Or read it in a book? When people say that I really feel like slapping them. It would be better to say “Know what you write.” You can have a fantastic idea for a comedy about people working on nuclear reactors. You don’t have …

Best time to write

Many people say that you should find the time of day that you are most creative. This is terrible advice. For a start, most of us have other jobs and responsibilities which take a large portion of our time. We only have a few hours in our busy day to get any writing done. So …

Software to use

I’ve used a few different software packages through the years. The main thing I’ve learned is that the software doesn’t make you a better writer. People have written some utter crap in Final Draft. Others have written works of genius using mechanical typewriters. Tarantino actually writes his scripts by hand.

Research the time hole

I love doing research. That was probably what lead to me doing screenwriting. Everything I read would turn into a story in my head and make me want to learn more. The problem is that I want to know absolutely everything about absolutely everything. When I start looking into a topic I don’t know when …