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New meeting, new script Tues 2nd November 2010

Been distracted onto other things this week, so I haven't had chance to open Anny's script until now - looking forward to reading it and critting it this weekend. Derbyshire Scriptwriters crit a script written by one of the members most months - it's good feedback for the writer, and a good reminder for the critter (never called myself a critter before- first time for everything...) about what's important for your story, and how it all needs to work together to reach a satisfying conclusion. For the writer, the collective crit is a good barometer of what's working and what needs work on a script - so we all learn something in the process- if you'd like to see how it all works, we'll be meeting up on Tuesday the 2nd of November at the reading rooms in Derby - or email us:

Welcome back! Next Meeting 7th Sep 7pm

Time to shake the sand out of your typewriters and word processors and put on your critique jumper and scarf - Summer break's over, and Derbyshire Scriptwriters will be meeting up again at Derby Library's meeting room on the Strand at 7pm, Tuesday 7th September - see you there!

The end of the beginning...

Just a quick note to thank the DSW members who were at the crit session for my short screenplay last night - lots of positives, lots of things to think over and rewrite, and a challenge I didn't expect... This is what it's all about - sharing your work with other writers to help you make it better - brilliant stuff. Have a great summer, and see you in September!

July Meeting; this Tuesday 6July, 7pm - 9pm

It's our last meeting before the summer break and we'll be critting Andy's short film screenplay 'Sweet Dreams' - if you're a member, the script is already in the members section of . If you're interested in coming along, drop us an email: or call in and see us on Tuesday at Derby Library's meeting room on The Strand - see how to get there on this post .

One egg or two?

Got back to the script, and changed... some of it. Actually, not as much as I thought; I'm pretty happy with the progress I've made - and any more tinkering could be overegging the pudding. And the point of having work critiqued by the rest of the group is to help you concentrate on the big stuff that you've not seen for whatever reason. So I could do more (you can always do more) but I won't. I've uploaded it to the members page of our website,, and I'll try not to think about adding another Zeppelin chase sequence until my crit session next Tuesday - Andy.

And rest...

Done the first draft - 20 pages of marvellous script. And now time to... leave it. I'd actually completed the draft a couple of days ago, and couldn't resist tinkering with little bits of dialogue, that kind of thing. But I know if I keep doing it, I'll start doing more harm than good - so, I'll give it a while to rest, and look at it with slightly more objective eyes in a few days - Andy.

Treatment done, dishes done.

It's a tough discipline, completing an treatment - you just want to get on with telling the brilliant story that's rolling through your head... But rolling up my sleeves and thoroughly planning the story means I don't get half way through and find out I've wandered off the point and started to write another story (I've got a notebook full of them- at some point they'll come in handy). It also means my brain can put all it's effort into telling the story, rather remembering how the plot unfolds after the butler walks in with the... well, that would be telling. Roll on completing first draft - Andy.


Thanks to everyone who came to the June meeting - next month, we're critting something I've written; or to tell the truth, am about to write... It's been an idea I've been thinking about for a few months now, but the novel I'm trying to rewrite, or doing the washing up, has taken up my time at the point at which I should have been bringing it to life on the page. So today, it may not have a structure, an ending, or even a title - but it now has a deadline - and an audience ready to read it. I'll keep you posted as I go along - the dishes will have to wait for a bit - Andy.

Take a seat

Just found out from Richard that our Guildhall plaque is up! We've sponsored seat E10, so if someone is inspired by what they see on stage, they can get scribing and join us - looking forward to settling back into the DSW seat for a Guildhall production soon!

Meeting Up

Derbyshire Scriptwriters is open to anyone with an active interest in scriptwriting for screen, stage or radio - most meetings involve a critique of a member's work, which may be brand new, or something that has been reviewed by ourselves in the past. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm in Derby Library's Reading Rooms on the Strand (which is around the back of the library building): View Larger Map There'll be a post on the blog to let you know what's coming up in the next meeting (Tuesday 1st June 2010), and members are always welcome. If you'd like to come along and say hello, get in touch by email:

Act One, Scene One...

First post. Hmm. For me, there's a strange commitment to the first words on the page; and the notion of changing them, or deleting them, or ignoring them completely in the future feels a bit like an act of betrayal to the story idea you first had. Of course by the time you reach the end, it's likely they're not the right first words any more. You've spent more time with the characters in the story; they're doing things you didn't expect they'd do at the start. In fact, the story might need to start from somewhere else entirely. It's a point that regularly comes up when members' scripts are reviewed in Derbyshire Scriptwriters' monthly crit sessions; and it's fantastic to see how the group's thoughts can help give you a fresh point of view on what really counts - getting your script to tell the heart of your story. So, here comes our next first post; if you feel something's missing, just wait 'til you see the rewrite...