Blog authored by Norfolk actress and playwright – Page 3 – Marie Cooper

February Playwriting Retreat for 28 Plays Later

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I’m trying to get organised for the month ahead for 28 Plays Later. I’m writing this blog post now because I know what’s coming. Oh, my God! That sounds like something out of a horror novel. My time is short, so I write this to you now. Knowing that soon it will be too late.

I titled this ‘Playwriting Retreat’, but it is more of a self-imposed playwriting lockdown to be precise. I’m not going anywhere. No villa overlooking an olive grove in Italy. No sitting on a balcony overlooking a coastal town in Portugal. Not that I ever do, but one can dream.

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Playwriting Impostor!

Imposter Syndrome
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People tend to put their best selves on the internet. Their positives. Their achievements. All the things that are going well in life. And I am no exception. I do not like to dwell on the negative as a rule. I tend to brush the bad aside as soon as I can and move forwards. Looking backwards only tells me where I have been and prevents me from seeing where I am going.

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Scriptly Writing – Challenge Complete

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What the Scriptly Writing Challenge Taught Me

I did it. I made it. I got to the end of The Literal Challenge‘s ‘Scriptly Writing’ challenge. That felt both the shortest, and yet longest, two weeks of my life. Scriptly Writing. Writing fourteen screenplays in fourteen days. So what have I learned during this gruelling two weeks of being blasted, naked and spinning cartwheels out of my comfort zone?

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Scriptly Writing Challenge – Week 1, Day 2

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Writing 14 Screenplays in 14 days.

Day 2

11 October 2020

It is only the second day of TLC’s Scriptly Writing screenwriting Challenge. I can’t say it’s getting any easier as yet. Does it get easier? I looked at the brief last night, stunned with befuddlement. I let it sink slowly into my gelatinous jellyfish of a brain and went to bed. I did not want to get tempted to write, for fear I would either sit frustratedly looking at a blank screen for hours or sit up writing all night.

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