Thursday, December 04, 2008

A merciful break from the awful puns of recent days

Anyone with any curiosity about the writing process, and TV writing in particular, could do worse than have a look at this week's Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe (or track it down on YouTube, TV Links, etc., if you're reading this in a week's time). It's always worth a look anyway, of course - unless you don't like Charlie Brooker. But for this week at least a liking of the grumpy one isn't even a pre-requisite: for 50 minutes it's all about the people being interviewed - Paul Abbott, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, etc.

Overall, lots of useful stuff, but most reassuring was finding out that even the likes of Tony Jordan, Graham Linehan and Russell T Davies are hopeless procrastinators/fastidious researchers (depending on your point of view/level of self-delusion) who hate writing, but love 'having written'. Paul Abbott even employs people to force him to write - which is just brilliant. Made me feel much better.

Anyway, must go. Lots of research to do, and all that...

(Wonder if the Inland Revenue might accept that my over-priced coffee consumption should count as research? Hmm...)

5 comments:

patroclus said...

Ooh, you see, I thought I was procrastinating by visiting your blog, but it turns out I was doing research into the writing process. Woo!

Smat said...

appears I'm doing work by being here as well - no, sorry, Inland Revenue have odd ideas about what's business expenditure and what's not, and sadly they don't recongnise the value of coffee, pizza or wine. Very shortsighted of them really.

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

But procrastination's *clearly* a vital part of the writing process - Russell T Davies say so!

Actually, I nearly wrote "Smat?" at the end of that post :) But then I figured the whole procrastination argument, even backed up by the big guns of TV writing, was probably no better than my original suggestion that giving money to Costa is basically just renting office space, but with an iced caramel latte, harbour view and newspaper thrown in. Which it is. Obviously.

Sigh...

Very short sighted indeed.

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procrastination's are the root off all evil

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