A note on creating characters

I’m currently reading The Insider’s Guide to Writing for Television by Julian Friedmann and Christopher Walker.  On the whole it’s a very good book and although it has a few small things I didn’t like, the good parts far outweigh the few minor poor parts. I’m in a section on Character Building and the authors mention that Tony Jordan, who…

My Game Writing Lab at the London Screenwriters’ Festival

After an overview piece in my last post I thought I’d write something more about the game writing lab I conducted.  This was a workshop aimed at LSWF delegates who had an interest in discovering more about the details of game writing. After being invited to speak on the game writing panel at last year’s event I contacted the organisers…

London Screenwriters’ Festival

Having just spent a couple of very full and inspiring days at the London Screenwriters’ Festival (#londonswf on Twitter) I thought I would write a few words on the train back to York. As last year, an overwhelming sense of friendliness and helpfulness pervaded the whole event, particularly amongst fellow writers with whom I managed to spend plenty of time…

Game Writing Lab – an update

Because the London Screenwriters’ Festival is primarily a screenwriting event, we decided to make the game writing lab as inclusive as possible in order to be fair to everyone who wishes to take part.  We have therefore modified the submission requirements. Please check it out and note that there are still ten days to submit your entries. Good luck! Related…

A Script Lab on Game Writing

I’ve been asked to run a script lab on game writing at the London Screenwriters’ Festival.  I’m really pleased with this opportunity to connect with people who’d like a bit more insight into writing for video games. Although the lab will be of great interest to would-be game writers, you must be signed up as a delegate of LSFW in…

Agency representation

I now have an agent. It took a little while to finalise the contract details, but earlier today I signed the contract and am now represented by the SMART Talent agency.  From now on they will be negotiating my million dollar deals.  🙂  To contact them, please do so through the e-mail address, jd@smart-talent-group.co.uk If people ever ask me how…

London Screenwriters’ Festival

Having never been to a dedicated screenwriting festival before, attending the LSWF was a pleasure in itself, particularly being in the presence of so many talented and friendly people.  Because I’d been invited to speak as part of a panel on game writing, I felt doubly pleased to be there as I was able to impart some of my knowledge…

London Screenwriters’ Festival

I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at the London Screenwriters’ Festival at the end of this month.  The panel will be connected with writing for games, obviously, so if there are any of you who are planning to attend, please be sure to come over and say hello.  There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions through…

William Nicholson – Serious Screenwriting

Last night at BAFTA, William Nicholson gave a talk.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t there, but there is a summary of tweets about it here. Although it sounds like an excellent and useful talk in its own right, almost all of the tweet comments can be applied to gamewriting.  So, “if you possibly can, be a writer/director, that way you retain the…