I’m on a roller coaster and it’s too late to get off

“I liken the lights going down as the play begins for the first time to being strapped into a roller coaster and just as it hits the first hill remembering that I hate roller coasters, but it’s too late to get off the ride.” I felt sick again. (more…)

May 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 4 comments.

What makes you buy a book?

What makes you buy a book? I thought this was a simple enough question. The cover! It’s colours! The title! It’s colours…The blurb. It’s colours…Duh! The text is usually black.

Ok, the first chapter! Who doesn’t stand in the book shop and read? The ones with cafes are great. You can finish the novel and quietly put it back on the shelf. They used to be called libraries. Some of them are still called book shops – if you’re lucky enough to have one of those in your town. (more…)

May 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 19 comments.

More shades of grey areas

Have you considered publishing your blog as a book? This is not something that had crossed my mind until now. This is a route that blogger/marketeer Seth Godin has taken. He regularly publishes content from his website in book form. People apparently want web content for free but are willing to pay for the same content in books.  (more…)

May 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 10 comments.

Shades of grey areas

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James started out as an e-book, a colleague told me recently. He knows this only too well. “Can you write female erotica,” his agent had just asked him. He can’t. He writes non-fiction. His wife would never speak to him again… (more…)

May 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 13 comments.

Empty nest syndrome

I’m at a loose end. The first readthrough with the entire cast and director went extremely well on Saturday. “You’ve sharpened up the script,” they said. They could only pick out one groan gag which I need to freshen up and add in a couple more gags elsewhere. Hahaha (me laughing at my own jokes), or was it more hehehair (evil Bond villain laugh).

Then I said: “So when do you want the final script by?” The response was not what I was expecting. (more…)

May 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 11 comments.

Find your voice

At last, I’m getting close to a final draft of my play Martini Bond. Thought I was there a few weeks ago but it transpired I was nowhere near the final chapter. This has been a long haul. Five months, five drafts and counting. But a writer/colleague reminded me that that was nothing. It can take him years to write a book – the research, the rewrites, the rejections… The hardest thing for me has been the comedy: the laughs, the cries (of the jokes are so bad) and the puns (they’ve had to go). (more…)

May 9, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 11 comments.

Writing lines

I’ve visited a very interesting blog, 4am writer, where there is a writing exercise that bloggers are taking part in. I loved it so much I wanted to join in. The rules on 4am writer’s website are as follows: Open your novel-in-progress at page 77, go to line 7 and copy the next 7 lines, sentences or paragraphs as they are written. Oh, and then tag 7 new writers. The problem for me is that my play-in-progress is only 41 pages. So I thought perhaps I could do 50-50. Halve 77, roughly page 38, go to line 3 or 4, write the next few lines. (more…)

May 3, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 7 comments.