Happy Birthday, Dear Spike

This morning I realised that one of my comedy heroes, Spike Milligan, would have been a hundred years old today. There was nothing else for it but to write my own tribute to the man who, from beyond the grave, gave me permission to ‘Never lose the silly side of myself’. This is a direct quote …

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Conquering Writer’s Block (Without Your Head Falling Off)

One of the questions posed on my Goodreads author page, was ‘how do you conquer writer’s block?’ I said I didn’t believe in it. I said, ‘just push through. Keep writing. Write anything, even if it’s drivel.’ I think the best thing you can do is allow yourself to write nonsense and all of a …

Eulogy From A Passing Friend – RIP Charlie Adams

Just this morning I received the devastating news that a good pal and comedy writing  legend, Charlie Adams, passed away. When I say 'good pal', Charlie and I only met once in June of this year, but had the modern equivalent of a friendship - starting with a Tweet, moving on to a LinkedIn hello …

Top Tips For Comedy Writing: Take Your Partners!

As my little blog edges up to almost FIVE THOUSAND VIEWS (I know, can you believe it?) I’ve taken a tiny break from Mrs David Dando rewrites and studying to bring you another post in the spirit of Blod, Sweet & Tears - the story of my comedy writing & online networking journey. Although, I …

Top Tips For Comedy Writing: Don’t Make Waffles!

Yesterday was my birthday and I was 42... no really! And I spent it in the company of many other aspiring writers listening to an enlightening talk at The Scottish Writers' Centre on the submission process from Conville & Walsh agent Jo Unwin. I should point out I had not gone there to pitch - …

Top Tips For Comedy Writing – NEVER Give Up

Last year I wrote a sitcom pilot and sent it out to several producers. After seeing it returned with some encouraging comments but mostly a 'better luck next time,' I decided to do a little more reading on the subject, take some professional advice and then put it away for a time and write something …

Top Tips For Comedy Writing – And Dear Mum, I’m Not ACTUALLY Selling My Couch

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I have been sharing how I use LinkedIn for networking and asking great people in the TV/Radio comedy writing/producing world how they got to do what they do. If you missed the original post, please see HERE.I have had the happy privilege of receiving a wealth …

How To Be a Write Charlie – Top Tips For Comedy Writing

Keen to progress in the business of comedy writing, I have given away countless lines hoping to advertise my work and get what I believe is called, 'paid work.'  Thanks to a series of chats with my very first guest 'poster' Charlie Adams, I still tweet away jokes and random thoughts on Twitter throughout my …