Sunday, 28 June 2009

CBBC Script Finished & Ready To Go!!

All I can say is Phew!

I have to thank Michelle (Sofluid) MICHELLE'S BLOG and Paul PAUL's BLOG for crtiquing my first draft. The critiques were enormously helpful and I then embarked on a re-write. I ditched some of it, added to it and overhauled a lot of it.

I now think the script reads like an action packed, children's tv script, rather than a story that lacked oomph.

Anyway, it's bagged and tagged and ready to go to the BBC tomorrow morning. It's cutting it fine, but it should get there.

Hope one of us is successful.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Saturday, 20 June 2009

CBBC - First Draft Finished!

It's late, but I had to post that I've finished the first draft. It's been quite hard going today, but worth it.

I'm pleased with it, although it needs tweaking and a good going over, to check facts, and edit, edit, edit, then I may just have a decent script to send in to the comp.

Yowzers!

Friday, 19 June 2009

CBBC - Over Halfway There...ribbon in sight...

I'm feeling better about this project. I'm really into the flow now, and am over halfway there. More writing tonight, then once finished, tidy up and chip away at unnecessary evils.

Writing for children isn't as easy as it sounds. You have to first of all think about the budget, amount of lines children can cope with, fitting adult scenes in to break it all up, speak from a child's point of view, have plenty of action and less dialogue. Yes, it's not at all easy, but then, if it was, we wouldn't need to work on our scripts like we do, and really, that's half the fun, or angst, whichever way you look at it. Bit of both for me, actually.

I read some useful info from fellow Bloggers about the CBBC Q & A session held recently in London, so here are the links to those posts & those brilliant Blogs:

LINK TO SOFLUID (Michelle's) CBBC Q & A BLOG POST.

LINK TO NEIL BAKER'S CBBC Q & A BLOG POST

LINK TO KATIE MCCULLOUGH'S CBBC Q & A BLOG POST

Monday, 15 June 2009

CBBC - Deadline Looming

I really am trying, I am! I keep going off on tangents, creating new ideas, making things so much more difficult than they should be. Or am I? Isn't it meant to be difficult anyway, this process of putting ideas and characters into a readable, gripping format??

I'm nowhere near finished, but I do like working this way, with not much time left. It kind of forces me to keep on, to make sure I puff and pant my way to the winning post, break the ribbon, shout Hurrah!

Just letting you know, I am trying.

Monday, 8 June 2009

CCB Script - So Far So Good

Well, I've started proper. I scribbled an outline, filled it in a bit, then started thinking about characters - who they are, what they like etc. I've now started writing the body, and have been offered a script exchange with Sofluid, so that's given me the impetus to get it right, because somebody will be having a look at it. Yeah!

Friday, 5 June 2009

Brussels Film Festival - Film Story Competition

Well, I saw the link for this on BBC Writersroom, promptly posted it on Twitter, then somebody informed me that the deadline was next day (today - Friday). Must pay more attention in future. Of course, I didn't have time to write anything new, but seeing as they seemed to be looking for a story premise rather than a fully fledged script, I sorted through my story files and sent two to them last night.

The prize is a free place on a Script Factory course of your choice. That would be quite nice.

I don't think I'll have a chance, but hey, at least I sent something, and you never know.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Newsjack - BBC New Topical Sketch Show

It's open to everyone to write for. Newsjack takes a comical look at the week's news stories.

Check out the BBC Writersroom Link below

LINK TO THIS OPPORTUNITY AT BBC WRITERSROOM

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Meet Head of CBBC in London Re: CBBC Script Opportunity

To tie in with the launch of the CBBC New Writers competition to find exciting new writers for Children's Drama, BBC writersroom is proud to present the new head of CBBC Drama Steven Andrew in conversation with Kate Rowland.

BBC WRITERSROOM LINK

Monday, 1 June 2009

Know Any Young Fiction Writers?

Here's a fiction writing comp for ages eight to eighteen:


LINK TO YOUNG FICTION WRITER COMP


Credit to Womagwriter, on whose Blog I found the link: LINK TO WOMAGWRITER'S BLOG

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