I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are now looking forward to celebrating the New Year.
I have been making the most of the lull that occurs between the 26th and 30th December so far, no that does not mean I have been stuffing myself with cheese….okay maybe I have a little. Aside from all the extra eating that has taken place I have been busy finding other opportunities to improve my writing and get my work published.
One of these opportunities was through the BBC Writers Room who have just created a ‘Script Gym’.
The purpose of the ‘Script Gym’ is to have an area where people can write, share and support each other by completing set script challenges to help strengthen writing skills.
This seemed like a great chance to improve my skills and to try out a variety of different writing styles whilst getting feedback from a writing community. The first challenge set by the Gym was to write an opening scene for a TV or Film show and make something dramatic happen in the first six seconds of screen time to grab the viewer’s attention.
I decided to call my opening the ‘Monday Massacre’ and base it on a character called ‘Andy’ who has spent all his life being the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ until one day he decides to take a very different approach to life…
The opening scene can be viewed here: https://www.mixital.co.uk/digitalmake/k8e1sejf1c
( When signing up to the site you had to create a username as a way of identifying yourself which is why the piece has ‘ by Opal’ I can assure you that it is me who has written the piece and Opal is just a pseudonym I have used to use the site! Besides every writer needs to have a pen name. 😉 )
I am looking forward to see what the next challenge is and to use the ‘Script Gym’ as a tool to work on my fiction writing skills whilst also continuing with my non- fiction projects such as magazine articles.
I shall endeavour to keep you updated as to when the next challenge arises and whether I am able to complete the task!
Blog soon and very best wishes for 2017.