Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Winning a BAFTA

It's only been two days since the release of the official announcement that I'm one of the winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum for comedy and already I've lost count of the times my family members have incorrectly boasted that their loved one has won a BAFTA.

So Mum - no, it's not quite a BAFTA... but as a writer at the beginning of her career, it's just as exciting.

In the agonising wait for the announcement to be made, I re-read Chris Sussman's top tips for comedy writing, available on the Rocliffe blog. Whilst they're all extremely useful things to bear in mind when writing comedy, it's the ninth point that rings true: don't give up. You'll be surprised how quickly you can go from receiving generic rejection letters and emails, to talking with all kinds of exciting people who want to know more about you and your script.

It's been a bit of a shock to the system how quick things are moving. Already I've found that my diary in the run-up to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) is filling up quicker than a Which? approved washing machine.

No doubt in the coming weeks I'll be blogging all about my exciting adventures into this uncharted territory, but until then all this talk of washing machines reminds me that I'd better go and put the Hotpoint on.

Well you've got to make the most of this weather, haven't you?

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