Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Us writers are all one big family and we should always look out for each other.

I'm always grateful for the generosity of others and in turn I always try and pass on what I've learnt to those willing to listen, who wish to improve their writing and careers. I don't profess to know it all, or to have the right answer every time. I just give advice from my past experience, the things I've learnt by making mistakes. It's all I can do.

The last couple of weeks has been a shining example of this. I've been out for drinks with two pairs of new writers. They've bought me drinks and then picked my brains on writing and my career so far. They found it helpful and informative and I got drunk for free; fair swap I think.

Over the last fortnight I've also been advised, encouraged and complimented by professionals who have worked in the TV industry for many years. I emailed one to ask advice and he replied within twenty minutes with words of encouragement, excellent advice and a hearty 'Good Luck". He didn't have to do that, but he was gracious enough to spare me the time out of his busy day to answer my question. Then another writer I've been communicating with read one of my screenplays, complemented me on it, offered her help anytime I might need it and suggested we meet me for a cuppa the next time I'm in London.

There would have been a time a few years ago where I might have been amazed at this, but I've learnt since then that there are a lot of lovely people out there and if you're polite, don't bombard them with your work or questions, they are more than happy to give their advice and encouragement. It gives me a lovely warm feeling of togetherness when this happens, especially as writing is mostly a solitary experience.

That's why I reply to all of my emails, answer any questions I'm asked and give what time I have spare to those seeking advice. It's the least I can do to return the favour of all the advice and time given by those who are more advanced in their career than I am.

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