Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Wanting it all

Do or should us writers just want to write for one particular genre or is it OK to want to write for anything possible?
For me, I love writing and I want to make my words in to so much.

I want to write more theatre plays, I want to write more for kids, I want to write a film and I want to write for TV and not forgetting seeing my book in print.
Am I absolutely crazy wanting to do everything, and what makes me so sure I can do all of these things?
The only thing I have is my love for words and my love for entertaining. I'm working solidly on my writing, every spare second I get. I'm nowhere near where I want to be in my career, but I am progressing forward... baby steps, sometimes leaps - but always forwards.
That reminds me, must go - got a synopsis I need to complete and the first ten pages of my TV comedy to rewrite and send off...
Ah, life is never dull.


rikoneill said...

I reckon it's fine to write for different genres, but normal to have strength and weaknesses.

You say you love to "entertain". I think a lot of writers would say they love words, as you do, but not all would say "entertain". I'm psychoanalyzing you now, but maybe your choice of the word "entertain" is connected to your love of performing and of your feeling home on the stage?

If that's the case, it's probably no surprise the place you've found a toe-hold as a writer first - is theatre.

For me, being on stage is the last thing I want, and I even get nervous on behalf off the actors I've worked with! I don't know how they do it - but I'm glad they do, since it means I can concentrate on writing stuff for them.

I'm reading an Alan Akybourn biography at the minute and he was answering the accusation that he has written too much at times - but his response was to point out he only really writes theatre, and isn't doing a lot of the other TV, film or prose work other writers do - so he can afford to write more plays.

Anyway, I think it's almost expected that writers will work in various fields these days (and there's famously very little money in writing theatre as opposed to TV). So, I suspect it's to do with identifying where you feel most at home and confident (and what field of writing gives you the greatest sense of achievement).

frank said...

What about song lyrics?

On the commercial aspect of it all, I still believe a well written Christmas son will bring in royalties for years and years giving the writer the financial freedom to pursue whatever he/she wants to do in life.

Sally Lawton said...

Oooh, I loved your comment Rik. Thanks. I do agree, I think the entertaining thing is just me loving to entertain an audience in any way I can and that does stem from being and actor.
I'll have to get hold of a copy of Alan Akybourn's biography.
Thanks again for this post though Rik, hope you're well x

Hi Frank, song lyrics isn't something I've ever thought of writing. It may have something to do with my brother being the musical one, in a band. I don't know - but now you mention it...

rikoneill said...

I'm good thanks Sally. The Biography is by a chap called Paul Allen.

Do checkout Nova Star if you get chance! Oh, my blog address has changed also.

I dunno what I was up to with the other one really, I think it was just a test for the Nova Star Website (or the technology gubbins). Also, I reckon reviews and "punditry" really doesn't work for me - so it's just my musings now as a writer.

I dunno, writing reviews and stuff...there was something deep in my psyche nagging at me about it. It's a way to stay involved with what other people are doing and feedback, but I don't feel comfortable doing it, at the end of the day.

I just think I'm no cut out to be a critic!

Barrie said...

If anyone can accomplish all this, it's you!

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