Thursday, March 01, 2012


How many of you have pictures of locations pinned around your wall when you sit down to write? No neither do I, but when I was sent some photos of possible locations by a director recently it got me to thinking.

As writers it's our job to write visually - show, don't tell after all - so why shouldn't we use visual references to help ignite our imagination? I usually have a script preparation book (A4 sheets of notes bound like a screenplay) beside me, which usually includes character bios, a treatment, a beat sheet, research, my forty key scenes and any other notes I think I might need when I sit down to actually write. It would be quite easy to add a few visual references to the book, as an aid to help visualise locations for my screenplay.

When I come up with my characters I sometimes visualise a certain actor in the role to help me write them, so it would make sense to do the same with locations. Yet I don't do this... but I certainly will from now on.

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