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…[read more]

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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…[read more]

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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…[read more]

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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.

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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…[read more]

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