September 16, 2019

Having seen Mindwarp remastered and resplendent at the BFI recently, I thought I'd jot down why I think it's great.

And bear in mind that it hadn't really stayed in my mind since the first time I watched it a couple of years ago. So why did Mindwarp – or The Trial of a...

May 14, 2019

Everyone loves a story. That truism has been reported so often that it’s easy to miss the inherent opportunity within its four words for writers and other creatives.

Everyone loves a story.

So why are you concentrating your scriptwriting efforts solely on the UK or the U...

May 14, 2018

Why is the Second World War still such a big draw for romance writers and book readers?

Stolen kisses in Anderson shelters. Girls drawing pen lines on the backs of their legs before going to dances. The cheeky grin of a GI as he waves goodbye from the train pulling out...

January 31, 2018

When to resist connecting things in your script

Warning: I mention Arrival, The Sixth Sense, and The Last Jedi, but I’ll try to skirt around any major or explicit spoilers…

Now, in this blog I thought I’d share a few thoughts on connections in scripts. By this I don’t me...

November 11, 2017

Pitching is a fundamental part of any writer’s life, and there are countless books and articles about how to prepare the perfect pitch.

But, let’s assume that you’ve prepared a pitch and, in the words of Simon Harwood from W1A it’s “very strong”. You’re confident that i...

October 16, 2017

(Originally published by Harper Collins for their Professional Writer Day (Romance Festival)

When I was a troubled teenager with a fringe, I fulfilled one of the unwritten remits of being a troubled teenager by writing a troubled teenage novel. My inexperience showed an...

May 27, 2016

"Just because you're my sister, it doesn't give you a right to lecture me about mum's deteriorating health conditions that have become worse following that ill-advised break in Corfu that you took her on with your husband and kids."

"I'm going to the lab, where I'll per...

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