Archive for the 'Writing' Category

Writing with Actors

Monday, July 28th, 2014

I like working with actors when I write. It’s such a powerful experience. Actors love a script because they glean from it nuances that I, the writer, didn’t intuit or even intend. It’s like when you fall in love with someone and they start to notice little things about you that you didn’t even know […]

Balancing Teaching with Practicing your Craft

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Among many teachers I meet, I have noticed a trend that it has taken me a long time to realise applies equally to me. This trend is summed up by the phrase:

"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." 

(* There is also an addition to the phrase, most oft heard at teacher trainer schools:
"… and those who can't teach, teach teachers!!!”)

I have always disliked this ugly phrase since first hearing it as a child - after all how could you have teachers who were skilled at what they taught or skilled people who can pass on their skills? - but I’d also noticed that it was often somehow accurate. Capable people chose to teach what they chose not to do.  Teaching is all well and good - for how would anyone learn without teachers? - but should it be at the expense of doing?

Happy New Year! Now get up and write!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Happy new year to you all! I've been out of action a while after a spinal injury. I'm on the mend now and finally back to work. I'm not allowed to sit for long periods following surgery and this has been a major blow to my writing. It's been so frustrating not only being unable […]

Is the Crisis of Confidence Part of the Creative Process?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

It happened to me today. A project I’ve been working on for a long time no longer made sense. Suddenly my mind was deluged with questions. Am I spending too much time on it? Is it likely to see any return that equates to the investment of my time? And, er, what on earth were […]

Rant: High Concept Microbudget Feature Writing

Monday, July 8th, 2013

I hear it time and time again: it's all about the concept. And that concept is what everyone is chasing. It seems to me that all anyone wants is high concept. Something new. Yet not too new. In fact, if it could be very, very like a product that already exists, but yet is somehow […]

My Hero’s Journey to #GFilm

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I got asked a few times at the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass why I attend the class every year. And I can see why new delegates might ask this - surely you do it once and then “zoom!” you're off making films. That viewpoint makes sense - it's a class so why would you want or […]

Update … PHP, filmmaking, fun!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

I'm enjoying working with WordPress again and mucking about with PHP. It's been a while, so I'm more than a little rusty. It's like riding a bike though, right? You never really forget … :p I am finding coding a natural accompaniment to writing for me lately. It's good to have something 'doable' to focus […]

Let go of your dreams, girls! Goals are better!!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

As little girls - and boys - we are taught to dream and to dream big. Whether that's fairy castles or great sporting victories, dreams are something that is ingrained in our upbringing. Sometimes in life the hardest thing is letting go of the fantasy and letting go of the dream, but there are times […]

Shared pain? Good grist for the writing mill!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

My last post about writing through adversity covered how to use your own tough life experiences as a well-spring of new ideas for your writing. This post is about using those experiences that you share and that others share in return to inspire your writing. One thing I have learned lately from my journey into […]

Between sleep and waking

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Between sleep and waking I hear you turn beside me and feel soft breath upon my neck. Life's overwhelming warmth envelopes me.  Greedy, I turn to face you, waking myself, destroying the dream, and, with my eyes open, I greet the empty mourning of another day.   by Kathie Kingsley-Hughes

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