Saturday, 29 May 2010
Taking a leaf out of my-friend-the-screenwriter's script, I am going to tackle my next short story in a scene by scene fashion. I never plan out my stories. I begin 50% with a full start-to-finish outline in my head. In the case of the other 50%, I know where to start and hope that an ending will emerge during the writing. It's the latter variety that end up with 7 or 8 versions before I'm happy. What a waste of time and I ain't gettin' no younger.
So, I'm going to experiment with a scene by scene treatment for the next story. The scene synopses will set out the action against what I need to convey about the characters and the theme. Only when I've worked out the story will I decide how to tell it i.e. tense, perspective, scene order.
I am also going to attempt character profiles before I get stuck in too. Not all of this information will make it in but I want to see if having fully rounded characters from the start helps the story-telling process or restricts it.
At the moment, per story I spend about 40% of my time in production and 60% knocking what I've written into shape in post-production. If this experiment pays off I'll be spending perhaps 40% in pre-production planning, 40% in production and 20% in post. And, with luck, the overall schedule will be shortened so I up my productivity overall. I'll let you know how it goes...
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
...since my last post, I've found out that the initial number of entries has been whittled down to 150-200 per category (about 1000 overall). So, I'm up against up to 199 others. Not bad! But hardly a done deal. Final shortlist announcement will come on June 14th...
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
I'm pretty excited. I received an email today informing me that I am through to the third round of judging for the BritWriters' Awards! I'll be going into the final round to choose the finalists for the Awards in July but all I know is there were 21,000 entries. I don't know what the second round was whittled down to or, indeed, how many competitors I have in the third. I don't even know which of my three stories is in the running - although I did get the same email twice so maybe there are two?? All I do know is I am pretty excited.
Just to be a finalist would be brilliant - I don't necessarily want to win. But there'll be agents and publishers at the awards and so just being on the programme would be a huge benefit.
So, at this time, Elevenses, Skin Deep and Boxed In are shelved until early June when I'll find out if I've made it to the final and if i'll be invited to the Awards at the O2 in London. Fingers, toes and all other appendages crossed.