I’ve been asked to take part in a Blog Tour, by my friend, the playwright, Tom Wentworth. ‘A Blog Tour?’ I hear some of you ask? ‘What’s that? Allow me to enlighten you!

This blog tour quizzes writers about their work and practice, and it’s throwing up some interesting answers to four simple questions. You can read Tom’s brilliant answers  http://tomwentworth.wordpress.com/ and follow links to other writers who have taken part.

So now it’s my turn to answer the four searching questions…  

1)    What am I working on? I’m still recovering from a busy twelve months completing my MA in Scriptwriting, but I’ve recently started to develop an idea for a TV series about some young people working at a motorway service station. It’s useful having adolescents around my house, bouncing ideas off them and eavesdropping on conversations (the best part of being a writer!). So far they haven’t twigged what I’m up to. I seem to spend most of my time, rewriting. Last month, the Writers Guild of Great Britain invited several industry professionals to a rehearsed reading of my play ‘Guilt’. I received some very helpful feedback, which I’m working over. It’s taking me a while because some of it’s contradictory. It’s up to me, at the end of the day, to decide how best to improve and rewrite the script. It takes many, many mugs of coffee.

2)    How does my work differ from others in this genre?  I’ve noticed that many of the characters in my work are old. Maybe that’s because I feel that older folk have more interesting things to say. And they also represent a greater proportion of our population, so why shouldn’t they see themselves reflected on the stage or screen? There is a wealth of wonderful, mature actors who are desperate for gritty, interesting roles so it’s good to write something different which bucks the trend. Edgy writing doesn’t have to mean young characters.

3)    Why do I write what I do? I’ve always been a daydreamer and I love to escape to the imaginary worlds I create. I can lose hours writing my scripts, listening to the conversations of the characters I’ve created. I suppose writing helps me make sense of the voices which continuously chitchat in my head. Most of these voices have a northern dialect, and they are always concerned with the domestic issues of life. Perhaps I’m trying to make sense of that, too.

4)    How does your writing process work? I usually start with a trip in the car. Driving allows me to work through an idea, so a two hour trip is ideal. Then I spend days working on my characters, getting to know them intimately. It’s only then that I get an idea of how my story is going to develop and its a slow process getting it right. Getting to the end of a script is a huge achievement. When the rewriting begins, I feel as though I’m physically wrestling with the issues, mentally rolling around the floor. It can be exhausting. Thankfully, a little nap often helps me come up with the best solutions.

Thanks, Tom, for nominating me to take part. This exercise has helped me focus on the writing ‘process’. I’m going to pass the Blog Tour baton on to my friend, Cath Barton who is a wonderful writer and photographer who lives in my part of Wales. You’ll be able to read her response to the questions at  http://cathbarton.wordpress.com/  shortly.

Me on International Women's Day