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Great feedback and some helpful notes…

Every year I enter the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition (Television Drama) which involves a blind judging process, where selected script extracts are performed by a professional cast to an audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors, and literary agents. The aim of the competition is to emerging writing talent, like me, a chance to showcase their work.

It’s not free to enter, but one of the major benefits for writers who don’t get shortlisted for reading is the feedback and advice from experienced industry members.

This year’s feedback was very encouraging…

OUT OF THE BLUE…The script has vivid settings and uses strong visual storytelling. Each character has a distinct voice and the dialogue and interplay are often spiky and fun. Scenes flow together and advance the story which touches on interesting themes of loyalty, corruption, and betrayal, with hints of dark comedy. Overall the idea has been thought through in detail and has the potential to be a compelling series full of power plays….

I also received some great suggestions for improvements that would enhance the script. Thankfully, I had already identified and addressed most of these notes in my re-edited script that was submitted for this year’s BBC Writers Room Open Call earlier this month. So keep your fingers crossed for me…

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So I have been a bit quiet over the last couple of years, not surprising as most of us retreated from the real world during the pandemic. Unfortunately like a lot of other freelance writers I lost some of my regular contracts. But it’s not all doom and gloom and there was a BIG silver lining. Yes, I finally got my arse into gear and finished my first novel OWLS HEAD which is currently being sent out to competitions, publishers and agents! I also successfully adapted the book to a TV series script which has also been submitted to various competitions including the BAFTA Rocliffe Drama Comp and had some amazing feedback.

Not one to rest on my Laurels in the second three-month lockdown I wrote my second novel GAME ON and have since adapted it to a feature film script.  It’s an interesting process adapting for the screen and helps you tighten up the structure and identifies where all the holes are in the plot. Needless to say, the book needs tightening up and re-editing, so that’s next on the list! However the script has been doing well and reached the quarter-finals of the London International Screenwriting Competition, so I am super proud.

The biggest news of all though is that after finally having some success I am now on the radar and have been appointed a Screenskills Mentor to help me shape the GAME ON into something bigger and better. I’m sure to be posting a lot about this so keep your fingers crossed and follow my journey…

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