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Goldmine Newsletter 9th April 2014

This is an example of the free fortnightly Screenwriting Goldmine newsletter. If you’ve ever wondered what you’re missing, now’s your chance to find out.

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Call For Entries: 3rd Screenwriting Goldmine Competition

Call For Entries: 3rd Screenwriting Goldmine Competition

The 3rd Screenwriting Goldmine Competition is now open for entries. We want your scripts!

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2014 SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE AWARDS LAUNCHING THURS 6TH FEB

2014 SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE AWARDS LAUNCHING THURS 6TH FEB

I’ll be opening the doors for the third annual Screenwriting Goldmine screenplay contest next Thursday. Just to remind you why you should definitely enter, here’s a message from Jane Eden, who won the 2013 contest with her movie script “Gone Away”. A year ago, I finished my […]

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Three Months In, What Have I Learned From Script Editing “The Dumping Ground”?

It’s been a few months since I sat back and wrote a blog, mainly because I’ve been so busy. So I thought I’d reflect on the last few months. As I explained in a previous post, last September I was hired as Series Script Editor on the […]

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That Winning Feeling…

That Winning Feeling...

It’s one week since Jane Eden’s script was declared winner of the Screenwriting Goldmine contest. I emailed her and asked her to comment on what had been going on since then. This is what she said.

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Script Editing “The Dumping Ground”

Script Editing "The Dumping Ground"

Well, as predicted, starting as script editor in a show in pre-production has ramped my workload up by a colossal factor. (It’s series three of the BBC childrens’ show ‘The Dumping Ground‘ if you missed last week’s newsletter.) Last week I was in Newcastle for a day […]

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How To Develop Your Ear As A Writer

How To Develop Your Ear As A Writer

It’s very exciting when you realise how much control you have when you’re writing. Every single word you lay on the page is an active choice. When you start with a blank page the potential is limitless – and so getting the right word can mean everything. […]

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Daydreaming to Fix Story Problems

Daydreaming to Fix Story Problems

Using day-dreaming and free-association in order to fix story problems.

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New Goldmine Workshops In Brighton

New Goldmine Workshops In Brighton

You might be interested to know that I’m going to be running Goldmine story workshops here in Brighton most weekends in August. The seminars will give each writer who attends the chance to create a new idea, in tandem with myself and the other writers on the […]

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Eternal Story Beats and Superstar Screenwriters

Eternal Story Beats and Superstar Screenwriters

Some people get annoyed when I bang on about three act structure, lose all patience when I talk about an ancient toolchest of eternal story beats. Those people think it’s cheating to even talk about such a thing. To them writing a script is a creative act […]

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So What About Luther Then?

So What About Luther Then?

Series 3, Ep 2 screened last night, and it was a slightly calmer affair than last week’s opener, which was the first time a TV show has made me want to watch from behind the sofa since Doctor Who took on the Silurians in 1970. I actually, genuinely, love Luther. In fact I think it’s one of the best British TV dramas for years. There is a downside of course…

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Through the Maze – How Do You Write Your First Script?

Through the Maze - How Do You Write Your First Script?

After a week of weirdness the site should now be back up and running fine. (If anything looks unusual after today do let me know – battling these spammers has been a tricky procedure but I think we should be OK from now on.) How Do You […]

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The Channel 4 Writers Course Is A Very Good Thing

Last night I went to a Channel 4 drinks evening. The occasion was a get-together to mark the end of the 2013 Writers Scheme. The majority of the writers on the scheme were there, along with a host of producers, script execs and agents…

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Why Do You Want To Be A Screenwriter?

Why Do You Want To Be A Screenwriter?

Why do you want to be a writer? And new screenwriters courses from Screenwriting Goldmine

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How Important is Story for Screenwriters?

How Important is Story for Screenwriters?

I can’t remember the last time I read a novel. I read many factual books as background to my writing, but nowadays I read perhaps one or two novels a year. Shocking? Maybe. To give you some context, I started reading when I was four or five, […]

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Invest In Yourself

Invest In Yourself

Years ago I was convinced that I had an amazing super power. Sadly, even at its peak, it wasn’t actually very useful. My super power was that I could destroy computers – - but only at the point that I really, really needed them. Over a decade […]

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Project News

Project News

We’re in the very last week of the 2013 Screenwriting Goldmine Contest. Entries close completely next Thursday 9th May at 1.00pm London time. As well as the prizes of cash, general screenwriting software abundance, the many commemorative items, and the complete and eternal glory that blazes out […]

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“Iron Man 3″ Bores, “Place Beyond The Pines” Triumphs

"Iron Man 3" Bores, "Place Beyond The Pines" Triumphs

I was going to write an extended paean of praise for Iron Man 3 this week. I’m partial to this kind of thing. I’m a Marvel comics fan from the 1970′s. I loved the last Avengers movie. I think Robert Downey Jr and Ben Kingsley are great […]

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The Television Job Ladder

The Television Job Ladder

Among the myriad of career ladders in the UK TV industry there is one in particular that deserves your attention. If you manage to climb this particular (rickety, treacherous, windy) ladder you will find yourself getting an exceptional training on the mechanics of making a TV show […]

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13 STEPS TO YOUR SECOND DRAFT

Rewriting a script to get to second draft is a mysterious process. This clear, step by step guide shows you what to do.

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Don’t Be a Hack!

A good friend of mine premiered a new stage play last week. It was a very high profile launch, and was a tremendously interesting play, with pure maths forming a substantial part of the underlying concept, and actually much of the dialogue. Two characters locked in a […]

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Procrastination

This is mostly a letter to myself, as I’m more guilty than anyone, so please do forgive the slightly preachy tone. It’s been one of those weeks when the same message has reached me from a hundred different places. In the pub we got talking about how […]

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Fearless Pitching and David Mamet (Again!)

Fearless Pitching and David Mamet (Again!)

I’ve had some great feedback from my new book ‘The Fearless Pitcher’s Handbook’ that I let out the starting gates on Wednesday. (Get full details here.) …but I also had a couple of emails – complaints really I guess – that said, more or less: ‘Why would […]

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The Lazarus Machine

The Lazarus Machine

One script I read for the Screenwriting Goldmine competition last year was ‘Winter’, by a writer called Steve Turnbull. It was a terrific piece of writing, and it made it through to the semi-finals. Fed up with waiting for the gatekeepers to let him in, Steve decided […]

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Best Opening of a TV Series Ever?

Best Opening of a TV Series Ever?

Remember that question about TV opening episodes? (You remember – when I held up the opening 10 minutes of ‘The Sopranos’ as absolutely wonderful screenwriting, and asked for other examples that had touched other people.) I received some great replies, and the shows that had more than […]

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