Account Login

Blog Archives

Flip the Scene

We’ve all got one in our distant past: the great love that got away because we were too tongue-tied, or clumsy or didn’t even cross the room to engage in conversation. Get it out of your system once and for all by writing the might have been. How should you have acted? What should you have said?

But once you’ve sketched that out, I want you to flip the scene on its head and write it from the great love’s point of view making yourself just a character, not a person we get inside at all.

And once you’ve done that – and the romantic or antiromantic conclusion is neither here nor there by this stage – have a go at playing around with the genders. If you’re both women trying making the two of you men. Or one of you trans. Or not even human.

See the fun you’re having now?

Find out more

6 Tips on Writing Queer Fiction

If you’re describing a same sex relationship or one involving someone who is trans or intersex or in…

Find out more

Inside the Shed

Sometimes we are really keen to tell our readers everything, to make sure that they understand what it…

Find out more

You don’t have to tell young readers as much as you think

There is sometimes an assumption that younger readers won’t understand what’s going on unless the plot and the…

Find out more

The sounds of your world

Writing audio drama is about identifying significant sound. You need to identify and create the sound world that…

Find out more

It is all about the sound

Radio drama is all about the sound. Think sound before you think dialogue – the two are not…

Find out more

Exaggerate to accumulate

This is an exercise in what the comedian Stewart Lee calls “exaggerating for comic effect.” He was being…

Find out more

Drawing out the comedy

Somebody famously said that writing comedy is harder than writing drama because in comedy you have to do…

Find out more

Planning a film script

‘To make a great movie, you need just three things: a great script, a great script, and a…

Find out more

Research and screen outline exercises

PART ONE: Documentary or Research Exercise for Screenwriters Using a still camera and or a tape recorder (or…

Find out more

Archive