Writers’ Rights

I'm not one for ranting, but there are a few things on which I feel strongly. One of those is respect. Lack of respect is the fundamental reason for prejudice and discrimination throughout the world. In filmmaking, a lack of respect between the people involved in making the film sours the experience for all involved. And it's just plain rude. A director recently told me they were planning to rewrite a script and wondered if I wanted to be involved. I then discovered this was a script they did not originally write. Where then, I asked, is the original writer? (It turned out to be all above board, so I was pacified). If I'd found out that someone - anyone - had rewritten my script without my knowledge, I would be livid. I'm not talking about the process by which a script becomes a film, where the odd word sits more naturally in the actor's mouth than the one you wrote or the sun...
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Mistaking busyness for productivity

Last week, I experienced the hardest week of work in my life. The day job, now, not the airy-fairy little writing hobby. My life consisted of eat, sleep and work. And has cemented my feelings that there is no way I am doing said day job for the rest of my life. Unsurprisingly, there wasn't a lot of writing done during that time. And what tidbits managed to escape were for fun not profit, an exercise in blowing off steam that could never be commercial. This week, however, I have a deadline. It's now my turn in Bitter Script Reader's Collaborative Writing Project. I just read through the draft so far and I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with it. There are asthmatic nerds and sexy lesbians (and damnit, I went and bought a new pair of glasses yesterday and I finally look like the geek I am). Also, it's American. Very American. So American that my tiny...
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Equal opportunity writing

I'm a fan of the BBC. I enjoy the principle that you pay up front and receive a rich bounty of content delivered to your door. For less than 40p per day. PER HOUSEHOLD. That's insane. For that, you get an international news website, with full sporting and political coverage. Also, food and drink, hobbycraft, children's entertainment, and, oh, commercial-quality video games. And that's just the website. Today, Michelle Lipton posted BBC drama stats (garnered from the WGGB/BBC podcasts). They provide a fascinating look at the scale of the BBC, and how much we creators bombard them with submissions! But this line in particular caught my eye: "At the moment there are 194 men and 136 women writing across CDS, series and serials" That would be 59% men and 41% women. I think it only fair, at this point, to give a comparison. According to UK Labour Force Survey (2009), employed women make up: 36% managers; 43% professionals; 79% administrative and secretarial staff; 8% skilled tradespeople, and: 84% personal service staff (including...
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