Tag Archives: Creative Writing

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – George Orwell, 1984

This month I’ve been getting more and more interested in understanding the process of writing and making art, in the hope of understanding myself and being more comfortable with how I work. When I moved from directing to playwriting I … Continue reading

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“January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.” – Sara Coleridge

I can’t remember why I stopped writing this blog. The Future is Mine was shortlisted for the Introduce Yourself Festival at Finborough Theatre in 2018, which was really exciting, but other projects seemed to fall away. Nothing really stuck. I … Continue reading

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The journey of a play

Each play I write takes me somewhere new. It takes me somewhere I hadn’t imagined I was going initially, and I usually end up with something that looks at the world in a way I hadn’t realised. I remembered this … Continue reading

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The future is mine

The more and more I write the more it feels like creating collage rather than writing a story. When I was first writing plays I wrote them from beginning to end, but now, yes, I start working on the central … Continue reading

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Getting a bit of fresh air to my brain…

I didn’t reach as many goals as I wanted to last year. As I mentioned in my last blog post I was stuck in the ice-lock for about 6 months unable to write anything. This year however I’m starting off … Continue reading

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Are all stories really the same? And does a female character have to be likeable? #NewYearNewPlay #WritingTips

Are you kick starting your year with a new creative project? I’m starting 2016 with rewriting. I’m taking a shorter project and making it longer, with the help of a director to make sure I’m making sense (and with the … Continue reading

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‘A play is a backward explosion’, That Face by Polly Stenham, December’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

Part of the Royal Court Young Writers Group, Stenham was 18 when she wrote That Face, the play she submitted at the end of the course that went on to be produced at the Royal Court and the West End. … Continue reading

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‘My first play, Foxfinder, was read, liked, but not produced by basically the theatres that accept scripts’ Dawn King, November’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

‘My first play, Foxfinder, was read, liked, but not produced by basically the theatres that accept scripts – and not just in London. I’d had lots of meetings with people who said they liked it, but that it was a … Continue reading

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Stef Smith looks at the ‘chaotic ways in which we continue’ in Swallow, October’s playwright #12newplaywrightsin12months

A friend of mine saw Stef Smith’s new play Swallow at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and said I just had to read it! Smith wasn’t a writer I’d heard of and when I discovered she’d won an Olivier … Continue reading

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David Mamet’s tips for playwrights, care of @parisreview #inspiration #learnfromthegreats

There are some great interviews in The Paris Review’s archives, free to read, if you want to hear how some of the great writers create their work. Here are some tips from American playwright David Mamet: ‘Well, you know, Hemingway said … Continue reading

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