All items: scriptwriting

As a teenager I could really identify with Billy's feelings of being stifled and trapped by his environment and his family, and the need to get away and lead a more exciting, fulfilling and creative life.

Susan Fletcher explores the experience of outsiderhood, both physical and social, and its influence on her writing, and wonders whether readers, too, are increasingly recognising themselves in outsider protagonists.

Lucy Flannery describes how an idle moment on twitter led to her accidentally writing a novel, and how the process of doing so raised old demons about her right to be an author.

At awards season, scripts of newly-released films find their way online as studios and agents quietly upload PDFs of screenplays as part of their Oscars' push. Reading these scripts offers a window into the writing process.
I write because I can make a world in my head come alive on the stage or screen. I get to see the people who rattled around in my imagination eventually move out into a home of their own.
Nicola Baldwin describes her first forays into writing about medical science, and how this became a major theme in her playwriting.
Quality TV drama writers inspire me to script scenes exactly as they happen in my head and to learn from the way people speak in real life... at the most dramatic moments of our lives, we rarely channel Shakespeare.
Listening to the radio as a child sparked Martin Sketchley’s lifelong love of the medium, and inspired his early writing of radio drama.

Rukhsana Ahmad speaks with John Siddique about her peripatetic childhood in Pakistan, how her concern for other people motivates her to keep writing across years and genres, and how she’s avoided the constraints of the ‘post-colonial’.