The Writing Blog Tour

Writing is not a mystical process involving tea leaves and libraries of how-to books. At least, not in my (somewhat limited) experience. However, the choices individual writers make about what they write and how they write it can often seem inscrutable. I've always been interested in how other writers go about their business, mostly in the hope that their words of wisdom will somehow improve my own attempts. So, thank you, Mysterious Person Who Began "The Blog Tour". You are the reason why I am writing this post today. Because I am a glutton for punishment, I agreed to be tagged by Phill Barron, screenwriter extraordinary, and become part of The Blog Tour before passing the dubious honour of baring their writing souls to two more unfortunates - I mean highly-privileged writers. But first, let's talk about Phill. Phillip Barron is a UK scriptwriter who's had nine feature films produced. In addition to movies he's written for BBC3's BAFTA and Rose d'Or nominated sketch show,...
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NaNoWriMo 2013

This is the blog post in which I nail my colours to the mast: I am doing NaNoWriMo 2013. For those not in the know, National Novel Writing Month is where one can write a book in 30 days - 50,000 words at a pace of 1,667 per day. However, I am a masochist, so I am writing 80,000 words in November. I have tortured myself in this manner before. I participated (and won) in 2006, 2007 and 2011. It was in 2011 that I decided to go for an 80k target. And that novel will shortly be coming to an eReader near you, because it is being published by Carina Press in May 2014. My NaNoWriMo 2013 novel is its sequel, which has also been earmarked for publication. So, for any folks thinking that NaNoWriMo is just a fun thing to do when the nights are drawing in, remember that it can lead to a whole lot more. Happy Nano!...
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2012 in review

This time last year, I looked back at 2011 and made some resolutions: "So, in 2012, I will: - Final FINAL draft Steampunk Assassins and send it to producers - Edit my Cyber Crime Sleuth (NaNoWriMo) novel and send to publishers - Finish my Asylum pilot, enter it in Red Planet Prize, and send it to producers - Make a short film - Get an agent - See Realm Pictures take Raindance 2012 by storm - Get married XD" Let's see how I got on: In January, I was given the opportunity to write for Persona and started developing my story. In February, I started developing a short film (which unfortunately came to nothing) and learned that I can take notes. In April, I adapted a screenplay into a stage play with Jack Ayers for the Brighton Fringe Festival, and I signed my first professional contract (for a project that went nowhere). In May, Persona aired, Small Chances was performed in Brighton, and I heard that Bryn Celli Ddu was being made...
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