Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Highs And Lows Of 2007

Back in January 2007 I made the following promises to myself:

  • To sell a script. FAILED
  • To get a script made. SUCCEEDED
  • To write a children's novel. FAILED
  • To rewrite all of my back catalogue. THREE QUARTERS COMPLETE
  • To write a lot more than I did last year. FAILED
  • To send out at least ten scripts a month. FAILED
HIGHS OF 2007

AGN, the first of my scripts to be filmed, was shot in October in Norway and was due to be released in Norwegian cinemas in 2008, as an appetiser to the main feature. AGN's future is now in doubt as TVVest, the TV station my friend works at, are making him redundant in March. I'm sure AGN will get finished and shown sometime in the future but it's more important that my friend gets another job first. I'm sure he will as he's a talented individual.

The first draft of my feature, Paper, Scissors, Stone was completed early in the year. I'm not entirely happy with the draft, but there is a good foundation and some excellent scenes.

The Dead Side Of Life made the quarter finals of the BSSC, in only my second year of entering.

The BBC Writersroom declaring me a 'writer of interest' and inviting me to submit more of my work.

Becoming a dad for the first time. My son is an absolute diamond and I love him loads.

Owning my own house for the first time.

LOWS OF 2007

I didn't send out anywhere near enough work, something I'm really annoyed about.

Cross The Rubicon still sits on the production company's shelf gathering dust. They might be interested in it but films take so long to get off the ground it's almost worth forgetting about. I've done three free rewrites for them and I'm now of the mind that if they want another one done they'll have to either option the script or pay me for the rewrite.

Being ill with a virus (a medical term for, "we don't know what's wrong with you") since July has pretty much stopped me doing any writing since then. I have done bits and bobs, but it's kind of hard to sit in front of a computer for more than a half an hour at a time when your chest feels like an elephant is sat on it. The last six months have been a complete write off writing wise.

Having to go through the house buying process.

Losing a friend who died of heart faliure aged 30 years.

THINGS I LEARNT IN 2007

Success has to be worked at. Being ill might be hard but it's no excuse. If you want to write, or you need to write, then you HAVE to write. I've said this several times over the last few years, but it needs repeating. A writer writes. If you don't write you're not a writer.

A second point needs to be made. If you've written stuff then send it out. It's not going to get sold sitting on your computer hard drive.

Networking is important and something I'm rubbish at. My networking skills need a lot of work.

Solicitors are from hell and will fuck you over every chance they get. They speak only lies and deliver disappointment at every turn. They should all be hung, drawn and quartered...then burnt...then stamped on...then hung, drawn and quartered just to make sure.

To believe in myself and not to listen to the idiot warblings of small minded people with nothing better to do.

HOPES FOR 2008

Finish Paper, Scissors, Stone.

Write a pilot for Second Skin, my TV comedy drama series idea.

To sell something...anything...this year...for definite!!!!

To get into TV.

To write, write and write some more... and send it all out.

To meet more people in the industry and make more contacts.

Happy New Year, people. I hope you everything you want in 2008.

2 comments:

Lianne said...

Happy New Year!

SHEIKSPEAR said...

Happy New Year Dom!
Hope the writing goes well this year and you get those script sales.
A while back you told me "A writer writes. If you don't write you're not a writer". Good mantra, you say it again here on this post.
Well, I took it on board and now have 3 scripts finished. I am, like you, in the process of rewriting them. I've started a blog now to help me keep up the momentum. So thanks for that, and next time your surfing pop by and take a peek.
Regards, Sheikspear