Unfilmable Books – and a Competition

As part of my forthcoming title, 'Off Script' (available early March) I take a couple of my previously published short stories and present them side by side with a shooting script version of the same material. In both cases, the original stories were written from a first-person perspective. I explain and illustrate alternative approaches that... Continue Reading →

Writing Competitions: Pay to Play?

I saw a competition advertised yesterday that actually looked as if it might be worth entering -the 16th Annual Screenwriting Challenge. It's a well-established event (in its 16th year), and is a time-based knock-out competition organised by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness with an interesting concept - write a short screenplay around a number of given subjects/ elements... Continue Reading →

Amazon Reviews

Do you know an author? I don't mean you live next door to one of the big guns like James Patterson, Lee Childs or Jordan. I mean a humble, self-publishing/ small press/ indie publisher author? Do you get sick of them: a) asking you to read their stuff (preferably by buying it...which you feel obliged... Continue Reading →

The Write Stuff: Notes from an Evening

On Wednesday night I did a two-hour session at Temperance, in Leamington Spa on publishing and writing. The session looked at the state of publishing today, different types of publishing opportunities, costs and opportunities, as well as some recommended resources, and some collected writing tips from the good and the great. While I continue to... Continue Reading →

The Write Stuff: An Evening of Writing Talk…

Just got home after giving a two hour presentation on 'Getting Published'...thanks to everyone who came along - I hope the evening was of some use. It's been a few months since my last public speaking engagement, but it was a fun evening where I presented about the current state of publishing, key characteristics of... Continue Reading →

A few short story openings…

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about opening lines and first impressions - looking at some of my favourite first sentences of literature. That got me to look at some of my own first lines, and then got me looking at some of the many many stories that I've started, either in... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 5/100: An Editor

Some writers see editors as an indispensable element of their writer's toolkit, others see them as a pain in the ass disrupting their beatiful ideas and creations. Those writer's is likey to remain magnificent in there own minds and with works sitting on their c:drive and nowhere else. (That was a non-to-subtle way of pointing... Continue Reading →

A couple of questions…

So today's 'real' post will be shorter for a couple of reasons: I'm working on the first longer length Author profile, hopefully coming out Monday (and when I say hopefully I mean that's when I promised the series would start...) I need to get on and do some 'proper' writing... I'm interested to know whether... Continue Reading →

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