Let’s Talk: Overcoming Rejection

I love writing. I can’t think of anything else I’d want to spend the rest of my life doing. But sometimes rejection gets a bit too much. Rejection is something I’ve thought about a lot recently – as a student who is about to graduate and go into the real world I need to start…

Who Do You Write For?

At some point or another, every writer will be asked the dreaded question, “who do you write for?” Who is your audience? When we answer, no matter how long we decide on this answer, we are then told to “write toward that person, those people, or that age group.”* But should you only ever write…

Using Prompts To Overcome Writer’s Block

Writer’s block happens. It’s an inevitable thing and every writer will go through it at least once, probably more. When I am hit with writer’s block I like to go onto Pinterest, one of my favourite social platforms for sourcing inspiration, search writing prompts, find one that suits my mood and just write. Below are…

Is All Writing Creative?

A thought wandered into my mind the other day after reading a course mate’s blog. I have spoken about Jamie Andrews in my Define Success blogpost and it was a quote from his blog post Who is asking? – Part 3 that got me thinking: is all writing is creative? Andrews, who writes mainly nonsense and…

Beautifully Broken: Summaries

This week, in a tutorial, we were set the task of writing summaries. If you don’t know what a summary is, my tutor described it like the opening sequence to Up – it’s like a montage, it’s a way of showing someones life in a short space of time. Our tutor, Amy, set us the…

Define success

I was asked the other day: ‘what would make you a successful writer?’ I found this question slightly weird and it got me wondering, how do I define success? The dictionary defines success as: “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”* But what does success mean to individuals? In particular writers. Stephen King said “Writing…

The Me Who Writes

A couple of weeks ago I uploaded a post titled: The Me Who Doesn’t Write. If you haven’t read it I’ll (very) briefly explain. We had a seminar centred around the idea that writers have two parts to them which got me thinking about the me who doesn’t write. And just like that, the blog…

Being a (Female) Screenwriter in the Eye of the Storm

As today is International Women’s Day, I thought I would write a post that only seemed fit. It’s 2019 and the screenwriting world is still predominantly male. Why is that? This is a fact that barely crossed my mind in the past until this week when I began researching the marketplace for film and was…

The Me Who Doesn’t Write

A seminar last week was based around author personas or, more specifically, our personas as writers and authors. We read a very interesting chapter from Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating with the dead: a writer on writing. It spoke about the idea of writers having two parts to them and there was one part that resonated within me:…

A Fiction Manifesto

I have always despised writing manifestos. I remember being in a seminar in first year where we were told to write a manifesto on a topic of our choice. I don’t remember much else about that seminar other than how much I hated it and how much I hated forcing my opinions on to other…