J B Priestley wrote An Inspector Calls in ten days. "All plays should be written in a burst of explosive energy." Noel Coward wrote Private Lives in four days. Neil Simon wrote Come Blow Your Horn in three weeks. At 39,000 words, Hamlet could have been written in four and a half hours.
SCRIPTWRITING AND SCRIPT ANALYSIS
The script analysis is an important part of my critique service and the same T&Cs and instructions for sending off book manuscripts are applicable. Scripts are normally about 250 words per page in length.
I've spent many years as a scriptwriting tutor on The Writers' News Home Education Division, The Writers' Bureau, The Open College of the Arts' scriptwriting distant learning courses and privately.
I also tutored for a newly-launched scriptwriting course - Narrative and Dialogue - with the Open College of the Arts. This is a core requirement for their BA Hons in Creative Writing and an introduction to narrative and dialogue. It focuses on scriptwriting as a vehicle to help students learn to write in any form requiring plot, structure, dialogue and character and that can 'tell a story'.
I did my MA in scriptwriting at the University of Salford and, as a writer-in-education and member of NAWE, I've led several script writing workshops for schools and writers' circles.
My work has been shortlisted for the Paines Plough Ticket to Write theatre tour and workshopped at Bolton Octagon Theatre and by the BBC Women's Comedy Writing Group.
My short film script, Rabbit Run, due to go into production this summer, is once more up for option.
Currently working on Connections, a film script about a tragic Viennese family, based on a true story.
My article, 'First Person Singular', published by Mslexia Magazine is reproduced here and can be seen by pressing the button on the right. Enjoy!
Diane Paul is a member of The Society of Authors.