Word Count 36: Writing habits webinar TONIGHT, scriptwriting comp deadline TOMORROW, Will Storr webinar next month, plus taking out your head trash and more!

by Suw on February 21, 2023

Hi there,

I sent my second submission of the year off yesterday, to the Edinburgh TV Festival’s script comp (see below). But I’m going to need to step up the pace if I want to reach my target of 100 rejections this year!

Event: TONIGHT! ‘Why productivity is personal’ webinar

I’ve seen a lot of good things said about Written: How to Keep Writing and Build a Habit That Lasts by Bec Evans and Chris Smith, although I’ve not read it yet.  It’s a book after my own heart, focused on how we can clamber over the barriers that stop us writing, whether that is a lack of time, focus or confidence.

Tonight, co-author Bec Evans is giving a free one-hour webinar at 18:00 GMT, so if you want learn how to develop a healthy writing habit, sign up now!

Opportunity: TOMORROW! Edinburgh TV Festival’s scriptwriting competition closes

The Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Writers Collective 2023 is closing to submissions tomorrow, Wednesday 22 February, so if you want to submit your script, get a wiggle on!

Ten winners will get the opportunity to develop their scripts at an ‘intensive residential retreat with professional guidance from The TV Foundation and from experienced executives and creatives from across the All3Media Group’ as well as getting access to ‘professional networking opportunities’. Entries cost £20.

Event: Will Storr masterclass, 22 March

I’m such a huge fan of Will Storr’s book, The Science of Storytelling. It’s one of the most insightful, most useful books on writing that I’ve ever read, and I’ve read quite a few. So I didn’t even have to think about it when I saw that he’s giving a three-hour masterclass on 22 March, I just booked.

Tickets are £39 for the first 50 people to book, £50 thereafter.

I’ve read The Science of Storytelling twice now and I’m eager for this seminar. I want to internalise as much of Storr’s work as I possibly can so that my subconscious can draw from it in the background as I write. Yes, it really is that good!

WAIW? Let’s take out some head trash

Over on Why Aren’t I Writing?, I wrote about why it’s so important to take out your ‘head trash’ – those negative stories and beliefs we tell ourselves are true, but which aren’t. Clearing out your head trash doesn’t just make you happier, it frees you up to focus on the things that are really important to you, like writing. Take a look!

Embroidered cat.Obligatory cat picture

In 1885, Elizabeth Wardle, owner of the Leek School of Art Embroidery, decided that the UK needed a full-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry (which is actually embroidery). She and 37 other women set to work and their work is now on display at Reading Museum.

I popped in to see it on Saturday and discovered this adorable cat embroidered in the border (as well as some other gems).

That’s it for this week!

All the best,


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