The most challenging thing about writing is finding the time to just sit down and actually write. There always seems to be a hundred other things demanding my attention first. I know from reading about and speaking to other writers that this will be a constant battle, particularly when starting out and juggling it all with another full-time career.
Despite this, I have now established a routine and it is surprising how much can be accomplished by finding a small amount of time within each day. It has been nearly two months since my last blog post but this is because I have been working on other projects behind the scenes. I have signed up to do an ‘Article Writing and Freelance Journalism’ course with ‘Writing Magazine’ so I am looking forward to getting into some non-fiction writing and learning the business side of things.
The main event most recently has been the completion of the script for my local drama group. I have written the opening play for the show which is taking place in October. During this last week, the script has been given out and we have had the first read through. I have enjoyed the collaborative process. The main benefit of writing with specific people in mind was that they could tell me what they would like to include. I came up with the initial idea for the story and we had some discussion about what type of characters they would like to portray and what aspects of plot to include. I was then able to take their ideas and create a full script. There have been a few tweaks along the way but now we are at the point where it has been handed over for rehearsals to begin.
I have always enjoyed writing scripts because I am fascinated by how dialogue works. I wrote my first play for a local pantomime society when I was still in primary school. At the time, a major television series was coming back into popularity for a new generation of children and the producer was looking for a way to work this into the show. I was asked to write a small section for the children to perform in front of the closed curtains while there was a major scenery change behind. There was a shipwreck in the main show and the sketch was based around the rescue of the main characters. As well as writing it, I took on one of the roles and I can still remember the excitement of performing it over six nights.
Writing for the stage runs in the family. My grandfather wrote scripts for the local pantomime shows. This was just for fun as he could include community things and save money for the local pantomime society. Writing about local things has been a significant part of the enjoyment in creating my most recent script. I usually write about fictional places but it has been fun to set a story in a place I know well. It certainly made visualising the setting far easier.
I am now looking forward to seeing how the drama group bring it to life for the audience. I cannot wait to see what they come up with!