Writing is 90% Thinking

Getting back on the writing horse after a long hiatus is every bit as difficult as one would expect. It would probably be easier without the tonsillitis and the feeling that my brain is talking a walk on a muggy day in June, but only marginally. I have a one-pager to write before the weekend. I thought it would be relatively simple, as I thought I had a comprehensive set of notes from which to work - but it turns out I thought wrong. It seems that I wrote some notes, and then I wrote a second set of notes, in which I made several leaps of logic, merged two characters and invented a few bits of backstory. Without writing down the intermediate stages of that thought process. But this afternoon, I just about picked up the thrust of my argument and set to work. It was about half an hour later that I zoned back into the room and realised that my cursor...
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The Inaugural Realm Pictures Script Retreat

Anyone who thinks writing is a sedentary occupation should try a script retreat to Dartmoor. While on a quest to the pub, this writer got stuck in a thorn bush, dropped her handbag in a ditch and was unceremoniously fireman's lifted across the marshland by her director. Not my finest hour. In my defence, there had been afternoon wine. So, apart from ill-advised marsh treks, what happened on our script retreat? (For "what's this script retreat business?", check out my previous blog post. For "the story so far", check out The Underwater Realm blog) We had a trilogy of movies to plan based on some rough mythology and a few ideas from our production meeting in May. Also, we had done our homework, as laid out by the producer - protagonists, set pieces, secondary characters, settings and goal/task had all been brainstormed prior to our arrival in our luxury holiday cottage. As an opening gambit, we discussed our favourite movies, with particular attention to...
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