Author Archive > david

A short film: The Man with Snakes for Arms

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Rejection and why it’s good for you

By now I guess a standard joke about Fifty Shades of Grey must have emerged along the lines that none of the painful looking sexual practices shown in the film are half as painful as watching it.  Writing and submitting work is not quite the same as willingly being tied to a bedpost but in […]

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Don’t lie to yourself

Fiction, according to Stephen King*, is the truth inside the lie. Fiction – even comedy – while not factual, tells the truth about the world as the author sees it. So if you want to tell these lies well you have to be honest. Honest with your audience and honest with yourself. You have to […]

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Why it’s important that boys watch Frozen

As I mentioned last week, my four year old son loves Frozen. Which, given it’s primarily a film about Disney princesses would seem odd, if it wasn’t such a great kids story. Not all boys see it that way. My son has been having a debate with his best friend on exactly this heavyweight question. […]

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My not very original thoughts on Frozen

If, like me, you have a four year old child, then you will (unless you are some kind of survivalist living up a mountain powering your satellite internet connection by burning peat) have seen Frozen. Frozen (as the rest of us know) is the Disney hit that spawned that earworm “Let it go” and a […]

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Characters aren’t bios

There is a lot of advice about writing out here on the internet and in books and magazines, or even passed about by word of mouth on the rare occaisions writers leave the house. And some of that advice is excellent. Some is, well… One popular piece of advice is that you have to “know […]

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Establish your stakes.

Why stakes are important even if you are not Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So let’s establish the stakes up front. For the writer it couldn’t be more important. Your audience is at stake. Unless they understand why the story matter to the characters, unless they understand the stakes, they will switch off the TV or […]

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And I’m back

It’s been a while. Sorry, faithful (and largely imaginary) reader who has been waiting with (entirely imaginary) bated breath. But I have been busy. Honest. Plenty of writing related things happened in 2014. A successful series of Damn the Torpedoes as part of the writing team (since you’re asking, I wrote all the bits you […]

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Understanding joke structure

I’ve been thinking rather hard about why some formulations of the same joke are funnier than others.  Then having worked through the steps myself I then realised, “oh yes, that’s what so and so was on about”. (For example Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves’ The Naked Jape, and The Serious Guide to Joke Writing by Sally […]