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Last year in a screenplay a woman I had expected to be a big supporting character through to the end was shot dead without warning twenty minutes in; no wonder Yeats was known for talking to himself.
If scripts were changed so little and yet could be so successful, then is my work really better now because, using a computer, I can change it all the time? Or do I keep changing it merely because I can?
Like many writers I write best when I care about my characters because if I don't care about them, how will the reader care about them?
I'd never been at ease with the chemistry of theatre. With a film it's a finished thing regardless of who's watching it, and I like that; thinking of it, I suppose, more as an artist does of their work.
After many years of scriptwriting, Kevin Clarke gave it up for history studies. The Tudor and Stuart courts, their murderous rivalries, lies, thefts and ruthless betrayals, were familiar territory to anyone who has carved a career path through the British television drama departments.
How far does the art of turning ‘true life’ into biography, film or television lead to a dilution of the facts, or a manipulation of the truth, asks Deborah Chancellor. Sometimes the more entertaining the story, the less truthful it may become.

Stephen Wyatt takes us to an unusual destination: the Gallifrey One convention, where participants are enthusiastic, oddly dressed, and gratifyingly appreciative of his own 30-year-old TV script.

Doug Johnstone reminds us that no completed novel lives up to what its creator initially imagined, and explains how a complete failure three books in led him to find his true writing voice.

If I see something amazing I get filled with self-doubt, thinking I myself will never be able to reach the same heights. However if I see something rubbish I don't then think writing is easy, I just think that maybe there's no niche in the market for me.