Is research necessary for a writer?

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do?

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do? How in-depth does a writer need to go to research a story? This is fiction, after all. Isn’t it best if I just make things up? I don’t feel very creative when I’m researching – it just seems like I’m stealing things. I should be more inventive shouldn’t I? Garrick Screenwriter   I’m actually passionate about research. Not research via the internet, or sitting in a chair reading. That’s no good …

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ATQ0014 How to fix a passive protagonist

ATQ14: How to fix a passive protagonist?

How to fix a passive protagonist? I find my protagonists are often too passive; things happen to them rather than them making things happen. I hear this is a common pitfall for inexperienced writers: do you agree and do you have any tips for making characters active, yet believable? Tim Screenwriter   Hi Tim, Thanks for your question. It’s a fundamental one. But, for once, there is a simple fix. You’re right to be worried – a passive protagonist is …

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soho at night

How do you attract attention from a top agent?

I spent last night in the heart of London, on a screenwriting panel at Soho House. Organised and hosted by the brilliant Paul Molloy, there were four guests: Matthew Bates, from Sayle Screen Literary Agents, Jonathan Kinnersley from The Agency, Philip Shelley, from Channel 4 Screenwriting, and myself…