Monday, 11 February 2013

Playing About

I've had a go at quite a few different forms of writing; short stories, novels, non fiction, poetry and flash.

I've never attempted script writing though (I did attend a script workshop along with JJ Cocker which was fun but also convinced me I preferred prose) So I won't be able to enter this competition and try for the £16,000 top prize (or one of the three £8,000 other awards)

Here's another one I can't try. Still the prize money there is only £6,000.

Do you prefer to stick to one form of writing or prefer reading and writing across a wide range?

(Yeah, I know the picture illustrates the wrong sort of playing, but all my famous actor friends are away on filmshoots so I had to use this rather wooden amateur)

I'll probably never make it onto stage or screen (though I'd love to see my name in the credits as author of the original idea) but I will be on BBC radio Solent tomorrow morning (probably just before seven)

39 comments:

  1. I've never thought of trying script writing but I've always assumed it wasn't for me. I really should give it a go though. I always felt like that about poetry too, but I did try it, and realised I was right - it wasn't for me.

    I do tend to stick to short stories and novels, with occasional flash fiction. And as much as I don't like writing poetry, I do find writing haikus can be useful for sparking creativity when I'm stuck!!

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    1. I think it's a good idea to try different things - even if all we learn is to avoid doing them in the future!

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  2. It's something I've never tried either - although I'd quite like to have a go. Good luck with the radio interview, Patsy.

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    1. The interview doesn't worry me too much, Wendy - it's just the getting out of bed at five in the morning to get to the studio that I'm not keen on.

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  3. Who needs famous actor friends when you have this stable wooden pal!!? Yay! LOL! Take care
    x

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    1. He's not likely to throw a luvvie hissy fit is he, Kitty?

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  4. I used to write short stories, but I stick mainly to novels these days. I do rather miss the shorter medium, though. May have dabble in it again. Oh, and I love the wooden guy. :)

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    1. I'm not sure if I prefer novels or short stories, Linda. Guess I'll just keep doing both.

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  5. I guess I've found my writing niche and I'm happy with it.

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    1. If you're happy with what you're doing, Alex then you're probably best to keep doing it - especially as you do it so well.

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  6. I focused on screenwriting for a while, but I prefer writing prose and working on both in the course of my MA confirmed that not only do I enjot prose more, but I'm better at it. Will I ever return to screenwriting? I've no idea, but suspect I'll probaby try it again at some point.

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    1. It's good that the thing you prefer doing is also the one you're best at. Or maybe you're best at prose because that's what you most enjoy?

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  7. I have written a couple short plays, but just for fun. One was for a local theater festival with all amateur playwrights and the other was for my daughter's second grade play. :)

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    1. They both sound like fun, Rachel. It must have been nice to see your work being performed.

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  8. Hi Patsy .. I must do a creative writing course sometime .. and see where I go - unless events overtake me in the meantime ..

    Good luck with all your entries and writings ... I must buy your book too ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I recommend doing a course of some kind if you can, Hilary. They're usually fun and inspiring. If you don't want to commit to something long term then a workshop might appeal. Della Galton runs some - I went to a couple and enjoyed them.

      Obviously I agree with you about buying my book!

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  9. Those are exciting competitions, Patsy - if I had a bit more fizz and a bit less zzzz, I'd have a go :-) Love the picture! x

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    1. They're tempting aren't they, Teresa. I'll have to track down some prose versions.

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  10. I did a script writing course once, and have totally forgotten it...

    Re short stories v novels, I can't do both at once. For a while I'm going to do the shorts. You get a quick response, and if it's a no, at least that's not a years work down the drain!

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    1. The relatively quick results from short stories are part of their appeal for me too, Frances.

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  11. Good luck with the radio interview - the trick is to ignore the mic and talk to the person.

    Get a recording too.

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    1. Thanks. It should be available on the radio equivalent of iPlayer, Mike.

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  12. I did write a radio play many years ago but when the BBC turned it down I turned it into a short story (I didn't know who else I could send a radio play to!) I mostly write fiction, all lengths, but I've also done quite a bit of non-fiction. I like to have several different projects on the go so if I get stuck with one I can switch to something else.

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    1. I like to have a couple of things on the go too, Linda - and for the same reason.

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  13. Wow - big prizes! I like to dabble in different forms of writing, but wouldn't know where to start with a script. So, sadly I guess even the mere £6,000 won't be coming my way!

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    1. The prizes are pretty good, aren't they? I could do with finding more like that but for short stories.

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  14. I promise the world I will never share my poetry! (I'll go further and promise I'll never write any more!)

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    1. I should probably make the same promise, Annalisa - but I'm not gonna!

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  15. We don't get BBC in Texas, but have fun! I think screenwriting would be what drove me around the bend.

    Thanks for commenting on my post today at Lynda Young's blog.

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    1. I think you could listen to the iPlayer thingy if you really wanted to, Carol. I'll post a link, but feel free to pretend you never saw it.

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  16. I've tried just about every type of writing but little in the way of drama, although I did win first prize in our writing group comp a few years ago - and I'd still like to do something with that short play! Don't know if I could ever write a full length drama.

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  17. Good luck on the radio honey! Don't forget to post a link :)

    Xx

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    1. It went OK I think, Vikki. I'll put the link up on my next post.

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  18. I write across a wide range. I LOVE script writing -- my plays have been produced in NY, London, Edinburgh, and Australia. I have two scripts going up this spring here on Cape Cod.

    But I also love prose.

    However, sometimes I'll do a first draft in script format, and then adapt it.

    I also do a lot of business writing, so pretty much -- if it needs writing, I can do it.

    Except poetry. I'm a lousy poet (although I enjoy reading poetry).

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    1. You're obviously very versatile, Devon!

      Congrats on all the script writing success - clearly you're very talented too.

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  20. That Lit Up event seems a long time ago, Patsy, and I seem to remember you did pretty well on both the scriptwriting and poetry sessions. I have entered a few short playwriting comps in the past, but never seem to get anywhere. There's a couple of radio opportunities open just now:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/the-show-what-you-wrote

    And Newsjack is open for submissions, too!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kvs8r

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    1. It was too long ago, JJ. Time we went to something else, I think.

      Thanks for those links!

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Thanks so much for commenting!