Category Archives: blogging

>writernet and more bicycles

>The writernet journal arrived today (are you a member? I think you should be). There are articles on funding issues, The Miniaturists, Tickle Theatre’s unique fund raising methodology, The Verity Bargate Award, the Arvon Foundation and a page on playwriting blogs. And this blog is one of several included. Which is both flattering and worrying. There is no quality control here, there is no manifesto – I’m not sure what the blog is for or even whether it will continue. I’m not that interested in consistency of content or tone in the blog – it’s just stuff. I do wish the writing was better and funnier, the thoughts more relevant and profound and the politics more sophisticated and engaged, but it’s not. The effort needed to achieve all of that needs to be expended elsewhere (playwriting, teaching, DIY). If you’re new here, I hope you enjoy it as it is.

Yesterday was spent waiting for trains, eating baguettes and teaching. Today I’m going to read the latest draft of the radio play and transform it into a masterpiece. Maybe.

You know that film you made about bicycles? Why not submit it to The Bicycle Film Festival!

>The elephant in the blog

>I realise that I don’t say much about playwriting in this playwright’s blog. I don’t think I will either (beyond saying ‘good day’ or ‘bad day’, and even then I’ll probably be lying). The other writers in the ‘sphere seem to be the same. And it’s understandable – who wants to talk about the work so close to its creation. Instead we talk about our pets, holidays, evenings out, books we’ve read (see ‘pets’), teaching, shed building – anything but the matter in hand.

When I read other writers’ blog, however, I imagine that I detect the writing process, never mind how removed from the subject they might seem. I see obsessions developing and being worked through, sense influences being assimilated, and watch research being transformed into something more personal.

I’m fascinated by this tangential view of others at work. I suppose that this is what makes writers’ notebooks and diaries potentially insteresting. The difference being that the interWeb gives you the chance to see the process as it happens (or not – ‘bad day’ today).

>An accidental blog

>I just wanted to leave a comment on someone else’s page and now I have my own blog. This sounds like a recipe for tales of missed writing deadlines, DIY disasters and excessive tradesmen’s bills.

So that’s all right then.