"Old Man" For The BBC; Why It's Good To Start Out By Writing A Play
The first story I finished,
(and finishing is always the difficult part) was a play I submitted to the BBC.
It was about an
83-year-old man called Charlie,
who decides to confront some loose ends as he approaches death, with serious consequences for his estranged daughter.
It was accepted to
the second round,
and the detailed feedback I received, encouraged me to keep writing.
It’s good to start out
with a play,
because you can only write dialogue to drive the plot forward – you can’t add descriptions or tell people what’s happening – so it’s a great way to learn to be efficient and precise. To show, and not tell, the reader what’s going on.