Project Wilson Phillips – Team Chynna

The results are in! As mentioned previously, I was involved in The Bitter Script Reader's Collaborative Writing Project - Project Wilson Phillips. Now, the Team Chynna script is available for download and the first writers' explanations and thought processes (including mine) can be found here. You can also read the Team Carnie script and the Team Wendy script should be up next week. It's amazing how different they're turning out and how different writers brought different styles and agendas to the table. Enjoy!...
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Passive present

Set to editing Steampunk Assassins this weekend - actually overhauling the whole thing instead of tweaking the bits I hated most. And I realised that I'd written most of the thing in present progressive e.g. Edward is writing a load of nonsense at his desk. When I did use a simple present, I usually followed it with a 'then': Edward runs to the mast, then climbs it. Also, a lot of things happened simultaneously: Edward turns, as the wind catches his coat and billows it behind him like a big black cloud. Irritatingly, Act One took about two hours to trawl through and getting to the midpoint took another two hours. I'm not convinced some of these scenes took this long to write in the first place! Editing sucks. In other news, The Bitter Script Reader has collected the final scripts from the Round Robin writing project. He will be showcasing them on his blog in the coming days - my segment is in the...
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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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Everything old is new again

I have successfully moved across Wales - go me! New job officially gets going next week, and while it's going to seriously cut into my writing time, it also pays pretty well. Still, like all amateurs, one day I dream of going pro. However, I take Michelle Lipton's caution that it might not all be hearts and roses when I get there. I signed up to The Bitter Script Reader's collaborative writing project. I think the last time I did something like this was at a sleepover when I was a teenager and we were trying to plan a rom-com-esque date for two oddly-named characters on a concertina piece of paper. I'm the third writer in Team Chynna, so I should receive my portion of the assignment mid-late August. In another piece of nostalgia, I completely agree with Laurence's ravings about Sherlock. I want to be that writer. I'm going to pick up some of my old projects now that the Red Planet Prize...
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