20 Things From LCWF

Well, I'm back from the London Comedy Writers Festival, which was my first excursion as a writer. And I loved every second of it! Here are my festival highlights: The Twenty Best Pieces of Advice from the London Comedy Writers Festival 1) Find a collection of people with social problems and write comedy: THE GANG (Griff Rhys Jones) 2) Character notes should come through in the script, not an outline. If it isn't in the script, it isn't there. (David Tyler) 3) When broadcasters ask for a particular thing, it may be the perfect time to send in something completely different. (Paul Minett) 4) You must print a hard copy. You must have a readthrough. (Paul Minett) 5) When taking advice: Does it make it better or does it make it different? 6) Don't write down jokes while walking. Don't keep a notebook by your bed. If you can't remember it, it wasn't funny. (Brian Leveson) 7) Put as much detail as possible in a physical gag - assume...
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Good advice comes in threes

The blogosphere is driving me towards less whiny bitch and higher levels of productivity this past week, with three pieces of indispensable advice in as many days! Firstly, my friend shared with me Seanan McGuire's 'Do Research' (adapted from Mary Schmich's 'Wear Sunscreen', popularised by Mr Baz Luhrmann). Then, a list of fail by Phill Barron that proscribes against whinging on the internet, of which I am all in favour, and particularly for writers (ashamedly, like myself) who wait around for an opportunity to dance naked in front of them - and then ignore it anyway. And, finally, a pithy piece of advice from Michael Goldenberg (forwarded by John August) - The protagonist is the character that suffers most. So, I have taken from this these things three: 1) More suffering! 2) Stop complaining and 3) Wear sunscreen Do Research...
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