My Writing Goals for 2016

Although I’m always the person to set myself tasks on a frequent basis, this is the first time I’ve set myself writing goals for the New Year. In the following paragraphs, I’ve gone through the different writing projects I’m currently working, stated where I’m at with the project and set my aims for 2016 on where I hope to progress with the potential calling cards.

Firstly, I’m currently three quarters through the scene outline of my tennis biopic, which I started working on December 2014 after going to the Royal Albert Hall to see the Tennis Masters. During the introduction of tennis player, Bahrami, I was very inspired by his story and thought it would make a fantastic feature film. Trick shots played by Bahrami and the session come to a close, I searched out Bahrami’s book, read it and now have a scene outline. In 2016, my aim will be to come up with the first draft of the feature long script.

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For my time travelling, crime mystery script ‘What If, Einstein?’, I’m in the process of working on the second draft. Thanks to the London Writer’s Circle, I’ve received over two rounds of feedback for the first two acts and the series outline. Therefore, my aim for 2016 will be to implement that feedback, complete the second draft and send it off for professional feedback.

In August 2015, inspired by a Christian talk show, Sound Words I’ve helped out on as cameraperson, I produced, hosted and edited a half hour writer’s talk show called Writer’s Block, which I release on a fortnightly basis on YouTube. Series 1 is going to finish at the beginning of 2016, after that, my target for 2016 will be to build up the audience to make it worth filming series 2, come up with content to fill the time between the two series and hopefully get industry recognized writer’s to fill up the guest list for series 2.

Following the Nickelodeon’s spec script competition deadline passing, I was motivated to be able to enter next year’s competition. I’ve now got a 15 page first draft Modern Family script and a scene outline and I’m really pleased with what I’ve come up with so far. Every time I come back to it and read to where I’ve got to, I still find myself laughing and intrigued with the story so far. Hopefully in 2016, I can at least finish the first draft. It maybe pushing it but it would be great to write a second draft and get professional feedback done.

After going to see Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time in the West End, I was inspired to do a fresh take on a zombie comic book series by doing it from the point of view of someone with autism. Having been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome since I was 11, I thought I could give it a very personal touch. The idea soon became a potential Arts Council funded project and I’m currently in the process of writing the application and getting the different elements together. My aim for 2016 will be to find the different people needed to make the project a reality; be designated assistance to help with the writing of the application; write the application; sendoff application and hopefully get funding. To achieve this, I will have to visit different comic industry events to find an artist and a potential publisher.

One more target for 2016, will be to attend the London Screenwriter’s Festival for the first time. I’ve been meaning to do so for a couple of years and having heard so many great reviews and even doing a talk show episode about it, I think this year I should really go.

Tune back next year to find out how well I’ve done achieving my targets for my range of projects.

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