So I was interested in what types of posts on this site, that I’ve written so far this year, are popular; to perhaps learn where to focus my efforts. So, a few minutes with Google Analytics and Excel and the results are in!
I think we can safely say that the ups and downs of the narrative world of Hellblazer and John Constantine are probably only interesting to me! This is, of course, terrible news, but I shall try to resist the temptation to try to convince the readers otherwise with blanket coverage.
My interests and articles in the world of digital media distribution certainly seems to attract some interest, the most successful of which being Comixology and Frictionless Digital Consumption. I’m also very pleased that the reviews I’ve been putting up are doing reasonably well, though perhaps by stuffing the ballot box. The review of the short film The Voorman Problem was the one that garnered most interest.
What seems to be of special interest though are articles about tools for writers, from writing software to script structure or questions of language. I can understand that, everyone is looking for a light in the darkness, that small nugget of assistance that will lend polish to their work.
So, next steps will be to perhaps provide more articles with some utility, and perhaps shelve that list of John Constantine crossover TV show ideas. But first, I’m working on another review…
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!
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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.