Writing Course adventure

Adventure? Yes, I think so. Trying something new at 75 must be an adventure. Anyway I have been asked to do two things, consider a structure for my radio play and work out the main character. As usual with fiction one is asked to write a backstory so that you know how the person would react in any given circumstances. Age and occupation are a start but more is needed even if it is not required for purposes of the play.

I immediately made a mistake. I was keeping back an essential characteristic of my main protagonist and then put her into a situation she would never be in. When you give a publisher a synopsis of your book you are supposed to reveal everything and I guess the same applies here but I am very reluctant to reveal a surprise ending this early. I may even change the story as I go along!

As far as structure goes – I have absolutely no idea how long this will be! Knowing my writing style it is much more likely to be 15 minutes than 45. I don’t know whether to write the 15 minute one and add scenes or try to start the longer one.

You know when you write a novel and the editor says it would be better without the first chapter? I fear that might be the case with this and I’ll lose my audience after the first few minutes.

All good fun.

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Happenings

News about the panto and the poetry anthology yesterday. The anthology is with the printer and I should see a draft next week. I had great fun looking at potential borders on the computer but left it to him in the end as I could have been there for hours. He showed me how to drag and drop in windows. I wish I knew more about computers!

Then the technician at the talking newspaper gave me some advice about turning a panto into something for audio. I need to add a lot more that I assumed people would know was happening by putting it into the dialogue. It turned out that not everyone has seen the film ( a very common children’s story that I took from the book) I’ll let you know which one nearer the time. The film was a musical but I’m not having music – just sound effects!

Then, last night we were treated to a splendid evening with the Blue Coconut Orchestra at the Willows Folk Club. Brilliant musicians.We are singing again tonight with the surgery group – must be good for us!

The Play’s the Thing!

I gave my pantomime to someone to consider recording and she liked it! Now to cast, direct and produce it. The folk at the Voice of Progress are all used to recording and most have done pantomimes before so it’s just a case of getting us all together at the same time.

I need to find a wicked sounding witch and someone with an unusual voice and comic timing. This must be the most exciting thing I have attempted for some time. It has really cheered me up.

I also need to work out how to do links as I could be changing my website this summer.I’m going to check on Google now and see if I can learn it!

Converting a script

I haven’t been blogging much as I have a script to write for a recording. The essential thing is to get the timing right. I have been given three pages of text but I need to turn that into an interview so that the listeners do not have to listen to a monologue.

Then I have to time it and leave spaces for one or two songs and a few poems. This is the fourth magazine I have produced for the Voice of Progress, a newsletter for the blind and it gets harder each time.

This ┬áis probably the most fulfilling thing I do in my retirement. Writing is fine but readers can get the same pleasure from many other sources. There aren’t as many avenues of entertainment for the less able. I hope they like it when it’s finished.