Monday 21 February 2011
How to write well
A very well-written piece about writing well from Robert McCrum. I share his agnosticism about the teaching of creative writing.
Not a day goes by without my inbox filling with junkmail about screenwriting courses. If they were all so brilliant imagine what Hollywood or even TV would be like? Of course -- with some honourable exceptions -- they are not good. These courses tend to perpetuate the hackneyed old formulae which blight 99% of film and TV. Particularly TV. Recently a well-know someone was unfortunate enough to have to work on a series with a TV commissioning editor "graduate" of this type of course . After a barrage of inane edicts from TV exec, my man remarked : "If he mentions F***ing "jeopardy" or C***ing "discovery" one more time, he is going to discover his jeopardy rammed up his S***ing arse."
McCrum's list of examples may challenge my library but I think they are well worth seeking out. Tonight's task.