Thursday, 9 August 2012

On writing screenplays: "I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses."

Thus said William Makepeace Thackeray, 19th Century English satirical novelist, most  famous for Vanity Fair

 Ha! Spot the deliberate mistake. Somehow, Hugh Jackman in a vest  is more appealing to look at than Thackeray. Just my opinion...


ANYWAY...here's how I've come to my senses. (Don't worry, I'm sure it will only be a temporary state of affairs.)

I've been trying to write my screenplay in my...


The trouble is, I don't HAVE any spare time, with all my various commitments with work, horses, family, visitors, coaching - listed in no particular order.

One of the things about working from home is that if you ARE at home then, effectively, you're AT WORK. Since I rarely go away on holiday that means I'm always on the end of a phone line or email-accessible. Great for my clients. I have lovely clients, without exception, and it's my pleasure to go the extra mile for each and every one of them.

HOWEVER...it means that my own writing time is always being eaten in to. Either that or I work such long hours that my brain has died before I start.

It was setting myself up to fail (thanks, John Bourne, for your insight) to think I could write three pages a day and achieve everything else.

SO - I declare that I AM TAKING A HOLIDAY from close of play this Friday, August 10th until Monday, August 20th.

In that time, I'm going to write my socks off!


I don't think I'm needing pity for coming to my senses!

Day 8 Update
Zero and utter exhaustion