Thursday, October 09, 2008

Use It or Lose It

Got a good solid block of writing in today, polishing off a couple of thousand words for a short story I've had on hold since before the move. It's the first time in weeks that I've been able to sit in one place and work undisturbed for a few hours.

Unfortunately it seems my body's got out of the writing habit: my back's just started to seize up from sitting and typing on the laptop. Which confirms (albeit for different reasons) that the best thing you can do if you want to be a writer is to keep on writing.

I'm off now. Going to lay flat on the floor for a bit.

2 Comments:

Anonymous adrian said...

Sympathies with the bad back. I've found that if I stick to a 45 min routine of stretching every morning (whilst watching a movie) I have no trouble. Skip it and I'm soon forking out to the chiropractor

Anyway, I've also got in touch as I was looking for an OZ based writer in order to ask a tiny favour, if I may?

I'm donating all monies raised from my E Book "Making It As A Screenwriter" to CHILDLINE, the UK's free and confidential, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger. We are relying on the kindness of folk in the industry to spread the word.

More than a third of the children who attempt to call ChildLine are unable to get through and the centres around the UK receive more than 2,500 calls a day.

Sales of "Making It As A Screenwriter" have generated £1,000 for ChildLine in less than a week. With your help we can do even better. Would you be so kind as to forward the info pasted at the bottom of this message to your mailing list, OZ writer groups etc

No child's call should go unanswered. You can help make that a reality.

Adrian Mead - info below

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I pressed the button on the phone and the first sound I heard in the headset was a child sobbing. She was barely able to speak, kept saying the same thing over and over…”I just want it to stop.” It was Monday morning 7.30 am. My very first call as a ChildLine volunteer counselor.

When I first heard that ChildLine were opening a new office in Edinburgh I started to think about volunteering. Their website stated, “ChildLine is the UK's free and confidential, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger”. What would I be letting myself in for? I mean, play me the scene where the mother elephant reaches her trunk through the bars to caress Dumbo and I’m bawling like a baby. How would I cope?

The interview process and training was fascinating. Yes there are calls about abuse, however children also call to talk about bullying, family break ups, exam pressures, homework, puberty, and pretty much anything they feel unable to discuss with parents, teachers or friends.

The fantastic training and the short time I have experienced as a counselor so far has definitely given me new skills and an insight into my own psyche. I’m convinced it’s also made me a better writer and director.

Okay, at this point you may be thinking, “What’s all this to do with me? Well, here’s where you come in. Apart from a tiny admin cost, all proceeds from sales of MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER will go to ChildLine. By making it exclusively available as a download we can maximize the funds the charity will receive.

Here’s a few more professionals who think you should get hold of a copy.

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Publicity & The Printed Word (Publicist and Project Manager)

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Andy Conway
Shooting People Screenwriters Network'

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Marc Pye Screenwriter
Credits include The Street, Eastenders, The Bill

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Geoff Thompson
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Scriptwriter

MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER is now available for the price of £7.79. You can download your copy from our site www.meadkerr.com

Your purchase will enable ChildLine to continue to offer support and help to children throughout the UK.

Best Wishes
Adrian Mead
Writer, Director and ChildLine volunteer telephone counselor

8:23 PM  
Blogger Pete Kempshall said...

No problem, happy to do it!

I've added it on the Darklands writers community with an open invitation for people to pass the word along to any other lists they may be on.

12:09 PM  

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