Good morning, darling reader. How goes the world with you?
My dear and hilarious friend Laura Lexx asked me to join in a “blog tour” where I talk about me and my writing stuff. Her blog can be read here. It’s being passed round bloggers who love each other. Lovely idea, no? There are 4 questions that need answering. Let’s do this.
What Am I Working On?
Er…that’s an awkward question. It brings out the Sunday evening, guilt-ridden “OH GOD I HAVE NOT DONE MY HOMEWORK” side of me that inevitably makes me feel slightly grumpy. In real terms, I am working on my film script for the Sky version of Chris is Dead, which is also a play which will be on in Edinburgh from 1st-9th August. Do come and see it.
How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
It doesn’t. My genre is a richly populated and well-fuelled arena that positively throngs with lively discussion and worthy conversation. The things I have to say are just louder and more grammatically correct, that’s all.
Why Do I Do What I Do?
I’ve always liked words as a means of connecting with people, and although I tried to be a “proper” grown up who works nine to five for a living, I discovered quite quickly that it doesn’t suit me. There are all manner of other complicated and boring reasons why I write, but at the heart of things I do it because it makes me happy, and because I want it to make YOU happy.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
I get up, I frown at the kettle, I sit at my desk and I write down the first thing that I have an opinion about.
No, really, I take ideas from television, conversations with friends, etc., and then I tend to scribble a load of nonsense onto whichever surface is nearest (up to and including my own arm). After that I try to make some sense out of the notion before I subject you, my lovely reader, to the inevitable nonsense. I like writing so much because it doesn’t really matter what my process is: the end result is that you laugh, smile, cry or get angry. I hope. I genuinely don’t care how you feel about what I say, as long as you feel something. Apathy is the enemy of everything we hold dear, including Crunch Corners and student discounts.
I will be recommending the marvellous Fran Paterson for taking this on next. Her blog is here.