As some of you may know I am currently completing a diploma in Freelance Travel Journalism at the London School of Journalism and this month my assignment is in Television and Radio. To be more specific – Script Writing.
Film history is littered with great manuscripts that never got made. So as you can imagine this is no easy feat. There are many different types such as TV Writing and feature assignment writing. And then, within these there are the small but vital elements of imagery, dialogue and plot etc.
The famous French film maker Jean Luc-Godard once said ‘all stories should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order”. Writing a documentary and a play for radio broadcast is, as you can imagine, an absolute pain the arse.
I love to write, and have been known to write for hours at a time. In saying this, writing about something I know nothing about or necessarily care about is a whole different ball game. “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works”… Virginia Wolfe. I believe this to be true when simply writing for the love of it.
In saying this I love what I do, and feel quite privileged to be able to write and publish on my blog. I am simple two lessons away from being a qualified travel journalist. So, in the words of the famous Ernest Hemingway “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way”.
I’ll have to man up, power on and take one for the team. Last night I watched the critically acclaimed The Theory of Everything and if that movie teaches us anything it is that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.