Dark Night of the Soul · Mythology

The Handless Maiden (complete story)

There are many versions of The Handless Maiden from around the world. It’s a fairy tale that was collected by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, but its roots are much older. This telling is my adaptation of the tale with gratitude to Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Read the introduction to this series here or follow the… Continue reading The Handless Maiden (complete story)

Writing

Writing Conference Notes: Part 2 – Pitching

The Newcastle Writing Conference included various break-out sessions, such as websites and blogging, how to edit your work, vlogging, and meet the agent with Mark Stanton. But I chose the pitching session, because I already have a blog, I didn’t have a piece of work I was willing to share in the editing session, I… Continue reading Writing Conference Notes: Part 2 – Pitching

Mythology · Psychology

Going Dark: Stalking the Predator

“One does not become conscious by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – CG Jung There’s a demonic creature that stalks us through our nightmares. He targets the innocent and the hopeful. He squats in the dark, hidden until he attacks. He wants to destroy us, to stop us from growing… Continue reading Going Dark: Stalking the Predator

Screenwriting

How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 4 – Final Notes

The Euroscript development process was coming to an end and I received my final report from Fenella Greenfield in March 2009. So far in this series I’ve been focusing on the problems I had with the screenplay, but it’s important to mention the positive feedback too. Alongside the notes written into the script were brief… Continue reading How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 4 – Final Notes

Screenwriting

How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 3 – Tone and Theme

The Euroscript development process was going well and the second report from Fenella Greenfield arrived in November 2008. This was when things started to get tricky. Second Rewrite Many of the problems of the previous draft had been addressed. Calum’s character arc was now clearer, well written and more intriguing; the central relationship between the… Continue reading How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 3 – Tone and Theme

Screenwriting

How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 2 – Deconstruction

Winning the Euroscript Competition was the easy part. Next came a string of rewrites and learning how to deal with an intensive development process which made me feel challenged, elated, baffled, and conflicted by turns. The first script report from Fenella Greenfield arrived in August 2008 and was a shattering experience. It consisted of a… Continue reading How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 2 – Deconstruction

Screenwriting

How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 1 – Idea

In 2008 I had a stroke of beginner’s luck when I won a screenwriting competition. The prize involved developing three drafts with a script editor, and this short series explores that process. First posted on my old blog in 2010, this rewritten version now includes extracts to illustrate the development of the script as I… Continue reading How to Develop a Screenplay: Part 1 – Idea