The Writer on Holiday

If, like me, a week away from your laptop and constant access to Twitter fills you with dread, here are some tips to appease your creative sensibilities while still getting some much-needed downtime. 1) Scribble on paper and then lock your notes in the safe A paper note can be a refreshing way to examine your ideas and help you make connections you might not have otherwise grasped. As for the safe, this is not because some would-be plagiarist might steal them (see Lucy V's post here), but because the maid might be disturbed by the carefully planned murder laid out on hotel stationery. 2) Mobile apps are your friend I drafted this post in the bar with a cocktail. Evernote, Celtx, Dropbox - make sure they're synced and ready to go. Also, take advantage of any hotel wifi for a quick glance at email (though I dutifully set my auto-responder) - it's particularly good if there's a time limit to the thing, for those...
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Starting

So, I'm back from holiday and I haven't written a word. Well, that's a lie. I scribbled a couple of rewritten scenes in my notebook and wrote about two thousand words of something completely unpublishable. And then I just can't concentrate on one thing at a time (as you may have noticed). But maybe this is a good thing? Michelle Lipton quotes Adrian Mead on types of writer: - The Martyr - full time movie writer - The Optimist - full time movie and TV writer - The Realist - full time screenwriter: movies, TV, theatre, radio, online, multi-platform, games So...it's good that I'm like the Energizer bunny on speed? And, if you're a green newbie like me, Bitter's 'How do I get started?' is a good summary of the complexity of hard work and determination required for this business. Okay...going to stop procrastinating now and work on my short ...
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Hop across the Pond

I'm going on holiday to the States for a week. As you may recall, I absolutely love writing while travelling - could be very productive! I'd also like to boost the signal for Circalit's Screenplay competition (via Phill Baron): Get an Agent with Circalit and the London Screenwriters’ Festival! The London Screenwriters’ Festival have teamed up with Circalit to offer screenwriters a chance to get representation. Screenwriters are encouraged to enter the free competition at www.circalit.com. The winning writer will meet with a top London agent, get £100 and free tickets to the London Screenwriters’ Festival! The competition will be judged by the executive team at the London Screenwriters’ Festival and is free to enter. The deadline for submissions is October 15th. Creative director of the festival and Oscar shortlisted film director Chris Jones commented, “We’re very excited about this competition with Circalit. Circalit’s unique style of competitions don’t just give writers the chance to win prizes, but also to share their work,...
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Patchwork Post

I'm back from my holiday in sunny Italy - and it's raining and overcast and generally homely, which is nice. I do like it when the weather puts on a homecoming parade. However, this does mean I've been parted from my beloved laptop and my affair with Space Precinct for a week. This would mean a kick in the nads for my Red Planet Prize screenplay were it not for the fact that I boarded a train today - and therefore knocked out twelve pages. What is it about trains that makes me so productive? I need to build my own railway just to do some work. Projects are ticking over. Steampunk Assassins and Old!Robin Hood are with my director, poolside, and I'm musing over resurrecting a complicated novel with new people, culture and language that's been simmering on the hard drive for a couple of years. We'll call it Overambitious Island. In other news, Ada Lovelace is my heroine, being a queer Christian...
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All Hallows Eve

Tonight would see the perfect time to write about the Apocalypse. Alas, it is a better time to watch a scary movie and eat pumpkin pie. NaNoWriMo officially kicks off at midnight, and I still have another chapter of novel to write up before I can even start racing along apace. Somehow, I think that my dream of 100,000 words before January 1st may be a pipedream. However, if I refind the muse tomorrow morning, I may be in with a chance. Now, where did I put that scythe?...
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