Thursday, August 10, 2006

Guest Posts

This blog is all about sharing what it’s really like ‘scriptwriting and script reading in the UK’. You hear so many apocryphal stories about development, script editors, mad producers and obsessive directors, and they’re clearly not all true. This blog hopes to cut out all that maligned nonsense and get to the heart of what it’s really like to get on in this business.

Contacts, networks, options, development deals, TV work, rewrites, short films, directing, producing, script editing, script reading, producing, getting an agent, the BBC writers’ room. We want to know how hot it feels at the coal face of these activities; we’re not interested in the stereotypical impression.

By sharing this knowledge, it can only help those who are trying to make their voice heard in this saturated market of wannabe writers. If we’re more professional, dedicated and committed, with a shared wisdom of experience, then the more likely we can apply ourselves as a community of skilled scribes. This in turn will lead the UK film and TV industry into a financially and emotionally rewarding arena for all concerned.

If you haven’t got a blog but do have a voice, then I want to hear from you. If you have a funny, insightful or interesting experience about your latest script, short film, TV piece, scriptwriting course/book, whatever, then I’d like to know and publish it on the blog as a “guest post”.

Anyone out there get on the Writers’ Academy, or get an interview, how did it go? What’s your experience been like on Doctors? EastEnders? Any other show? What happened after you won that pitch event? Did it open any doors? What’s your development process been like? What’s the reality of a film deal: where and when does the money come in and is it as much as everyone thinks it is…? Are you a professional writer of well-known films or TV programmes? Would you like to share some horror or insightful stories?

Each article would get an intro on who you are and what you’re up to (or anonymous if you prefer) before leading into your story or advice. If this is of interest, then please email me with your post, anything between 400-800 words. Let’s spread the word, be professional, gather a supportive networking community and fight the good fight.


Lucy V said...

Damn it Danny, you always think of these things before I do. I will raise you your guest posts with etsablished and up-and-coming writers and include live video streaming from my little Devonian backwater of cheese rolling and beer festivals. What do you mean, no interest??? Fold!

PS. I got a place on the TAPS soap writing thing with ITV, so will let you know how it goes on my blog. There's an internship on an ITV soap up for grabs at the end of it, how cool is that.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to change the subject, but I've had some feedback saying my story is strong but my characters are superficial and shallow and need deepening in order for the story to effect the reader on an emotional level. How can I deepen my characters? I did backstory and biogs for them so I don't think it's that I don't know them very well.

if you have already touched on this topic could you please direct me to the relevant post.


Danny Stack said...

Hi Steph

Check out 'Step into Another Dimension', one of the recent posts below (or in Recent Post section). There's Writer Choice Vs Character Desire in the Popular Post section and also Character Vs Everything.

Any more q's after that, just holler.

Anonymous said...

Wicked, thanks Danny.

Tim Clague said...

You lazy git. Write your own blog!

Anonymous said...


How about telling us what you're up to with your own writing!

You haven't mentioned it for YONKS! What about the script you have in development with Parallel Films? What about your other stuff? Can we expect any more Doctors episodes?


James Henry said...

Steph - one quick and easy way to 'deepen your characters' is to insert the description '(frowns)' before each line of dialogue.

Also, stress that they are wearing 'dark clothing'.

Danny Stack said...

Tim: you've caught me out, goddammit.

Sarah-Jane: It's been a quiet and stressful summer. Lots of potential things about to kick off, or not. Will update when I know when.

James: Also, "looking off into the distance" is a good one!

Anonymous said...


I could always BURY my friggin characters underground - might give them a bit of depth!


James Henry said...

Or there's the Eastenders way of conveying emotional depth:

1: Character looks diagonally down and to the left.
2: Character looks diagonally up and to the right.

The barmaid one was great at this, but she's left now. Hope all this helps Steph...

Anonymous said...


It helps to make me laugh!