Thanks to my friend Amy Dunne, I was able to attend a lecture I would likely never have considered, with friend and author Andrea Bramhall.
Put on by the BBC, it was part of their Writer’s Room program, where they work with aspiring screen writers. Now, I’m not a script writer in any sense. It’s a genre I’m unfamiliar with, so i thought id learn something new. and all knowledge is worth having, right?
For three hours, with only one fifteen minute break, Phil talked about the elements of story. Because, after all, it’s all about storytelling. He illustrated each of his ten points with a bevy of film and tv clips. (The clip for surprise was particularly surprising). Although I hadn’t expected some of it to apply to my work, nearly all of it did. Story elements of character, arcs, emotion, clarity, coherence and, of course, passion, are relatable no matter what type of storytelling you’re doing.
I always enjoy attending writing lectures and workshops. Not only was this no exception, but it was also incredibly gratifying to hear some of what I spout at the authors I work with. Attending these things ramps up my passion for both writing and editing, passion I can forget about when I’m buried beneath deadlines or have every excuse under the sun not to write.
In May next year, I’ll be leading a writing retreat in Spain, and this lecture was a perfect reminder of the passion I’ll need to bring to it.
So tell me: What is your passion? Why do you do it?
Book: The Dragon Legacy by Ali Vali
Song: Still Into You by Paramore