Like and share:8Follow I read a lot of pitches and scripts for TV comedy, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of my most common observations and pieces of advice for you. Though I tried to keep it brief, it ended up being 16 […]

16 tips for writing TV comedy scripts – part one!

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Like and share:8Follow I’d like to share with you a simple concept that can really help you see your characters and plot differently and ultimately add valuable depth to them. MOTIVATIONS BEHIND MOTIVATIONS We’re all clear about motivations – characters gotta have them so that their actions are justified […]

How to add depth to your characters and plot using layers: motivations behind motivations

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Like and share:8Follow Last week we chatted about ways to work towards becoming a freelance script reader. Great! But how do you become a freelance script reader and how do you make it a success? NETWORK – always. Make friends and contacts at events and online. Be there for […]

10 top tips to be a successful freelance script reader (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)

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Like and share:8Follow My script reading colleagues and I get asked “how do I become a script reader?” a lot. There’s no particular rules as to how to go about it, and answers will vary from reader to reader depending upon their personal experiences. However, there are still universal […]

How do I become a script reader? 10 tips for breaking into scriptreading (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)

Like and share:8Follow a script reader I write a lot of reports. Naturally, the script notes/observations I make will be unique to the writer and their story, making it hard to give in-depth advice in a blog post, but there are definitely some common notes that appear time and […]

9 COMMON SCRIPT NOTES & HOW TO TACKLE THEM (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)

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Like and share:8Follow When I made my first film, THE CYCLIST, I made mistakes every step of the way, thus providing myself with valuable learning opportunities. The one aspect I would change that would have improved the film from start to finish, from casting to distribution, is the script. […]

6 screenwriting lessons I wish I understood before making my first film THE CYCLIST – guest post by filmmaker John ...

Like and share:8Follow the spring of 2011, myself and Ulrich Wehner (Co-Producer) had just wrapped on a shoot, another in a long line of productions. After producing a few of our own short films and working with other filmmakers in-between we discussed taking the leap; making that first feature […]

Six ways writers and filmmakers can make scripts ideal for guerilla filmmaking – guest post by Michael O’Connor

Like and share:8Follow years ago I attended the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass, 2013, and it opened up an amazing bank of knowledge to me as a script reader. Not only could I understand scripts from a story analysis perspective, but I could now analyse just how effective a script would […]

5 great reasons why the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass is worth every penny

Like and share:8Follow the weekend before last saw the hugely successful Breaking Into Script Reading class by Lucy V Hay, which generated over 1000 tweets using the hashtag #bang2write. Read on to see these tweets in a Storify thread! Why did you need to go to a script reading […]

1000 tips about script reading!

Like and share:8Follow’s that time of the month again when a new #loglinechallenge is set! Here are the prompts! Taking part is simple… Use the prompts to inspire story ideas and write them as loglines! Great way to practice writing concise loglines with which to pitch your ideas, come […]

June’s #loglinechallenge prompts – monthly writing challenge!

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Like and share:8Follow’s time for May’s #loglinechallenge! and this month we have something a bit fun going on. We have our very own exclusive hand-bound #loglinechallenge ideas notebook! Like it? Take part* in May’s #loglinechallenge and be in with a chance of winning it! *Must share at least 15 […]

May’s #loglinechallenge prompts – take part and be in with a chance of winning an exclusive story ideas notebook!

Like and share:8Follow’s time for CHOCOLATE… Ahem! I mean, April’s #loglinechallenge! The Facebook group is also now private, so you needn’t worry about all your Facebook contacts seeing your fun logline entries. This just makes it nicer because you can feel at ease participating in the group or asking […]

Easy way to come up with a bunch of story ideas… April’s #loglinechallenge!

Like and share:8Follow I love relaxing with a good book, just as much as I love watching films. Naturally, I read a fair bit of non-fiction to expand my industry knowledge; the reviews of which I post here on Writesofluid. But what do I read in my spare time, […]

What am I reading?

Like and share:8Follow I was really excited when Carolyn Goodyear, to whom I’ve given feedback on some short scripts, contacted me to share her wonderful news – that she’s been longlisted in the Reed short film competition with her entry ‘Sesquipedaliainst’! So I found out more… Carolyn, welcome to […]

Interview with a Reed short film competition longlist contender!

Like and share:8Follow often help writers enrich their scripts; thinking about ways they can make their action descriptions more interesting and dynamic. It’s one of those tricky areas – you want it to be engaging and help the reader enjoy progressing through your story, but at the same time […]

How can we bring colour into our scripts?

Like and share:8Follow Know what a sorocom, gerontocom and oddcom is? Know how ID, ego, superego, projection, denial, idealisation, displacement, regression, rationalism and intellectualism affect romcoms? Know how to use aspirations, interventions and lessons to enhance your romcom plots? No? Then you need this excellent addition to the Creative […]

Book Review: Writing & Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays by Helen Jacey & Craig Batty

Like and share:8Follow LOVE to learn, and am thus a big [geeky] fan of MOOCS – massive open online courses. I did one last year, called “The Future of Storytelling”, which was presented by It was fantastic! I believe you can still access the course material via the […]

Explore Filmmaking with a FREE course from the National Film and Television School

Like and share:8Follow Doug King approached me with his book on writing strong loglines, I was really pleased to have the opportunity to review it because – as you all know, I run the #loglinechallenge so am always glad to read about – and share advice on – loglines. […]

Book Review: The Long and Short on Writing Strong Loglines

Like and share:8Follow’s that time of the month again when a new #loglinechallenge is set! Here are the prompts! Taking part is simple… Use the prompts to inspire story ideas and write them as loglines! Great way to practice writing concise loglines with which to pitch your ideas, come […]

New #loglinechallenge starts today! Come up with a logline from a prompt each day this December!

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Like and share:8Follow Writing your first low budget feature? Wondering what the producer actually does? And why the hell they’re trying to butcher your script? In June 2014, screenwriter Tom Kerevan produced his first feature film, Tear Me Apart. Here he talks about his early beliefs about producers, and […]

6 myths about the role of a producer debunked! by Cannibal Films’ Tom Kerevan