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The decision to Print-on-Demand

SELF-PUBLISHING- PRINT ON DEMAND I have recently made the move to make my Legacy series available for print on demand- this is a fantastic opportunity to see your work in the written form of a paperback rather than on E-book.

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Writing for Professionals

WRITING FOR PROFESSIONALS What entices someone to read your script? You’ve slaved for hours, days, hopefully longer over this piece of work and now you’re ready to send it out- so what entices people? There are a host of standard

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Constructive vs Deconstructive criticism

There is a skill to giving constructive feedback. A lot of people use the “heart beat” diagram method: start with a neutral opening, rise to give the “what you liked” about it, then face the “what you didn’t like about

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Do you need a dialogue edit?

Dialogue is a funny thing… You can take ten people from the same size family, same neighborhood, cultural background, education, social peers, influences and experiences, and ask them to write, separately, the same story. Even something as simple as “a

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Writing effective fight scenes

A friend of mine once submitted a detailed action screenplay with a blow by blow final fight between protagonist and antagonist only to be told “that’s great, but you’ve crossed into the department of the director and fight choreographer- all

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Creating a screenplay from a novel: character

As a script writer, how do you approach the creation of a character given that the character already exists in the source novel? Firstly, address the question from the original author’s point of view: what was the character intended to

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Creating a screenplay from a novel

In late 2012 I was approached by a client to create a screenplay from his novel. The challenges of such an enterprise are many, and I will begin to go through the process in the following posts. The first obstacle

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Nothing and Everywhere

Over a year ago I was approached by a wonderful gentleman to convert his novel into a screenplay. In March 2013 I completed a first draft which, after appraisal by Kathy Harty (Executive Producer at HBO) I worked with the

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the power of writing

We don’t realise how much writing plays a part in everything we read. From the poorly written reports from the committees of sports and social clubs that are so often laced with offensive self congratulatory tones to the text of

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Snake Charming

I take any excuse to examine human emotions- I suppose any writer does in their own way. I visited an outdoor conservation centre recently run by a charming couple with boundless patience. She was partially deaf, ran the kitchen and

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