I’ve failed to ‘win’ Script Frenzy – but I have yet to fail at writing this script, so as you all return to your victorious lives… spare a thought for those of us still out here – blinking away in the dark like Vanguard 1 .

At the moment my script is running at just over 60 pages. I feel I’m on target plot wise, so I’ve still got another 40 pages to write. At the rate I’ve been going – that’s another ten days!

Historically, I seem to traverse an average of 3.5 script pages a day. Which means a script, on average, takes me about 28 days to write. I like to take weekends off – and took three during Script Frenzy – which meant I needed to pick up my page rate to 5 pages a day to meet the deadline.

I would have made it too – except that I twice became bogged in scenes that simply ground the script to a halt. (I would like to emphasise that word ground.) Maybe one day I’ll tell you which ones – if I remember which they were. Once the way is unblocked, it seems hard to remember the effort that went into clearing a path.

I’m not offering any of this as an excuse, but as an invitation to anyone else in the same boat : Join me either at www.scriptwhisperer.com, or on Twitter (I use the name 5oh19.) The Frenzy has been a great motivation to get started. The only waste now would be if I (we) give up.

In the meantime, I want to link to the Ted Talk which inspired me to start writing this script… not the subject – the way he ticked all my reasons for not starting – and then told me that I’d fail to have a great career unless…

…I finish what I begin.

Congratulations those who are rightfully watching telly with a glass of wine.  The rest of you.  Keep going. It’s not summer holidays yet.


As a note about deadlines: I try very hard to meet them. In production, a lot of people are waiting for a script. In development, delays can cost time and money if markets like the AFM, or Cannes are missed. Opportunities can vanish if your work is not ready to show to an available Director or star.

Punctuality matters.  On the other hand…

It is also true that most people won’t remember if a script was late, only if it was good or bad. Sometimes it’s a balancing act. One school of thought says ‘Good is the Enemy of Great’, another says ‘Good Now, is Better Than Great Too Late.’ Only you know which is true in any given situation. But a note of caution – the later it is, the better everyone expects it to be. If someone is expecting your script you owe it to them to show it to them in good time – regardless of what condition it’s in.