LSF have their guide for how to get the most out of the festival, but here are my preparations:
- Business cards. I already had some from the excellent Moo, but I’ve ordered an extra batch, just in case.
- And since branding is an important element, I may change the styling of Endless Realms to match the cards. Some might say this would be akin to procrastination, especially as what I should be working on is…
- Loglines. I think I’ll forever be tweaking those, making sure they’re not taglines, changing a word or re-writing them from scratch. They are tiny capsules of story, burdened with carrying the entire weight of the project. At their best they are like Three Sentence Stories or haiku, each word carefully weighed and chosen, each infinitesimal change bringing a shift of balance to the whole. And after the writing, the memorising. And after the memorising…
- The Pitch documents. A one-pager for each project (I have four), containing logline, synopsis and production specifics. Thankfully I have a pitch template that has served me well so far. A reminder not to hand these out willy-nilly, but only on request.
- The Writer’s CV. I don’t think I can tweak this any more, I don’t have anything to tweak it with. Maybe this time next year I’ll have some more content to add.
- Printouts. Ten one-pagers, ten writer’s CVs, each in individual folders. The four pages of script that will be workshopped during the Actors’ Table Read. The full schedule, annotated with notes and preferences. If I get the Pitch Fest slot I want, I’ll also be bringing notes on all of the producers, execs and agents present during that slot.
- To pack: Notepad, pens in different colours, index cards, phone, external battery charger for phone, laptop, laptop charger, snacks, water bottle.
- Reading the script and watching the movie of The Disappearance of Alice Creed for the Script to Screen session.
I think that’s about it! Have aI left anything out? Is there anything else you’re doing to prepare?
Script reader and London Screenwriter’s Festival luminary, Lucy V Hay on how to improve your writer’s blog. Follow her on Twitter!
10 Reasons Your Blog Sucks
I’ve been guilty of some of those points. And, in some cases, I’m still guilty of them.
I guess it was only a matter of time before the squeamishness of using my own name as the domain name for this site became too much to bear. And so, since I called the site Endless Realms, that’s what the domain name will be as well. EndlessRealms.org is up and running. Redirects are in place and all old links should still work once the name servers start doing the heavy lifting within the next 72 hours.
Themes are being fiddling with again…
I’d apologise, but I doubt it will be long before something else changes, though I’m much happier now with the readability of the text. This is supposed to be all about the words, after all. I’m not too enamoured with the menu at the bottom of the page and the banner image needs some work. But overall, it will do for now.
So that this update isn’t all dull near-apologies about the colours changing, I wanted to touch briefly on why I finally caved in and started a site using my real name, rather than the pseudo-anonymity of an alias. The short answer is that it’s the same reason that I removed the word “aspiring” that used to prefix the word “writer” on my Twitter bio. I decided to take the writing seriously and just because I’m not published or don’t have an agent or whatnot, doesn’t detract from the fact that I am writing every day. As J.C Hutchins writes, you’re either writing, or you’re aspiring to some day write. If you are writing, whether for fun or profit, you are not aspiring, you are a writer.
The other reason was that I realised that anonymity on the internet doesn’t mean much these days. It’s either paper-thin and hence redundant, or it is so impenetrable that it actually gets in the way of readers interacting with you. As I said above, I’m taking the writing seriously and I want this to happen under my real name.
I do still have an employer who pays me wages for things that have nothing to do with writing at all, but my extra-curricular activities don’t detract from my job and, as it says in my disclaimer, “the opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent anyone else’s view in any way, including those of my employer.”