Interview: Steve Willis tells us what it’s like to take part in #loglinechallenge…


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Hello, my name is Steve Willis. I am an Engineering Project Manager in the Rail Industry which involves meetings all over the UK with clients such as Network Rail and subcontractors.

I am a divorced dad with 3 wonderful girls aged 18, 11 and 9 with my oldest at Durham University. I am originally from the North East and now live in Beverley East Yorkshire. I run a non-profit website called www.weekendatdads.co.uk to help single dads and mums find cheap or free days out for the family and offer other tips. I have a twitter and Facebook page to complement it.

I have recently been involved in my first acting role – a pilot sitcom called Passion Fruit in which I play a ruthless businessman and have been asked to act in another 5 episodes to be filmed next year. I also had my live stage début this year – when the whole cast performed a stage version of the final pilot scene after the showing – in front of family and friends as part of the Hull Comedy Festival in November.

I am trying to write screenplays in what’s left of my spare time and I hope to complete at least two of them by spring next year.

Hi Steve! So you’re new to screenwriting and logline-writing… How did you get into it?

I answered an advert on facebook to audition for a part in a pilot sitcom in Hull and actually got the part. It was my first acting role and I met some lovely people including writers and directors. After chatting with them in-between filming they encouraged me to start writing… so I did.

What do you write?

I would like to say comedy but most things I write are drama. I wrote a science fiction once for a radio competition and quite enjoyed that.

How have you learned about writing? Any books/websites/course recommendations?

I have joined lots of groups on Facebook which give great tips and have bought an online writing course from Groupon which I haven’t had time to do yet.

How did you find out about the #loglinechallenge?

I found it on Facebook when I was browsing one day and didn’t realise what it was at first.

What made you decide to take part in the #loglinechallenge?

I saw some of the other loglines and thought, why not?

Have you found it easy, so far, to come up with an idea/logline every day?

Im usually a few days behind and log on and do two or three at once with the first thoughts that come into my head. It seems to work for me!

In what ways has the process of working from a prompt challenged you?

I find it really useful and didn’t realise my Facebook friends could see my loglines on their news feed. As a result I’ve had several requests to make them into a script; The chimney Sweeper being the most popular one.

Have you found working from prompts to be a good way of exercising creativity?

Yes, it helps so much and inspires my mind into overdrive!

Have you enjoyed the interaction with other group members?

Yes, great feedback and it feels like a family. We need to meet at a spar and drinks session retreat! Haha!

Has the #loglinechallenge inspired you to embark on any new projects?

Yes, as I said I didn’t know my friends could see my logline challenge entries and they have begged me to finish some of them as a script.

Do you feel you’ve improved your logline-writing as a result of taking part?

Very much so. If I’m honest I didn’t know how to go about it but I’m learning fast.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give others who are just starting out (writing/logline-writing)?

Observe, don’t be afraid to ask, and write what you feel; it’s your mind and any words is a start!

What is your favourite entry so far and why?

Vera Mark’s ‪#‎loglinechallenge‬ 27 – “abandoned car”. Out of my ones, I like “busted”: Two con artists who trick people into thinking they are homeless are caught and sentenced to spend 30 days living on the streets of London with limited money as punsishment.

Would you recommend the #loglinechallenge to other writers? Why?

Yes! It’s a great tool for thinking up storylines and its fun.

Thanks so much for taking part! I’ve loved reading the entries so far :) Here are January’s prompts:

loglinesjan14

Find out more HERE!

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