Method Writing

I practice something that I pretentiously call “method writing”.
If I know I’m going to write an action sequence, I’ll excite myself (no sniggering at the back). If I’m writing something filled with pathos and poignancy, as I currently am, I get myself in that mood.

The way I do that is my iPod. If I’m going to be writing an action sequence, it’s Rage Against The Machine or Nirvana through the day until I’m “in the zone”. You get the idea.

So, I’m sat at work listening to “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” by Tom Waits and “Verdi Cries” by 10,000 Maniacs. This, unfortunately, also means that I’m reducing myself to a gibbering wreck, surrounded by blokes. I hope they don’t notice.

But, personally, getting myself in this kind of state means that I produce thoughts and ideas that I wouldn’t have if I was just sat at the laptop thinking “Right, I need to make this scene touching”. I’m starting to feel the melancholy that my characters are feeling. And that’s going to produce a more realistic scene, I think.

It also means that I’m going to be wistfully drifting around the house, full of ennui, all weekend and annoying the Better Half.

Does anyone else do this, or am I odd?

A Glimpse of the Future?

I had a dream of my perfect life last night. Just a glimpse. In it, I woke, had breakfast with my kids and took them to school/playgroup. I then stopped off at a small non-corporate coffee shop by my house and then went to a small office where I spent the morning writing. Bliss.

Then a 100 foot high Dr. Zoidberg from “Futurama” ate my car.

Bloody subconscious.

Our Survey Says…?

You’ll continue to be pleased, I hope, that the pilot episode of “Four Horsemen” is progressing along nicely. I’m working on the beat sheet and it has a beginning, a middle and an end. There are character and story arcs forming and quite a good joke about V.D. in the Middle Ages.

But, the real reason for this post is to gauge opinion. As we know, I’m a stats-whore and people who find their way over here (and thank you, one and all for taking the time) are looking for the contests and opportunities.

So, I’m going to suggest this. Those who sign up for the RSS and email updates, I’ll compile a weekly newsletter that will plop warmly into your inbox on a Monday morning? It’ll give a list of all the items added to the Screenwriters’ Diary within the last 7 days and a reminder for those opportunities with a deadline that week?

Whaddya think? I’d be very interested to know.

Screenwriters’ Diary Update

You’ll be pleased to know that I sat down last night and wrote the first scene of “Four Horsemen”. Then watched “Battlestar Galactica”, sulked over how my writing isn’t as good and then re-wrote it.

But, anyway, like the fabled Ferrero Rocher ambassador (which country was he actually ambassador for?), the screen agencies are spoiling you Northern writers with the launch of Northern Laughs. The deadline is 18th March 2009 and prizes include mentoring from Jeremy Dyson and Armstrong & Miller. Brap!

But us soft southerners shouldn’t feel left out with the 2 Days Laughter short comedy film competition. You have 48 hours to go out and shoot and edit a comedy or the D.A. takes your badge. Or something. Then sit back and watch the commissions from Channel 4 roll in…

UPDATE: As Piers has very kindly pointed out, Jeremy Dyson is the only confirmed mentor so far. Neither Armstrong nor Miller are involved and I obviously can’t read properly….

Best. Letter. Ever.

Is It Just Me…

…Or is this the most niche episode of “Jeremy Kyle” ever?

Previously on "The Procrastination Station"…

…I mentioned that I believed the quality of a Bond theme tune was inversely proportional to the quality of the actual film. 
As you can see,  I have displayed this theory in a graph and so it is now a FACT. 
In order to compile these results, I listened to every Bond theme and watched all the films. I then ignored all the ones that didn’t apply. I think my research methods will stand up to scrutiny.
Jesus, I’ll REALLY have to do some work…