Saturday, 24 May 2008

Finding the Writer's Voice

About a hundred years ago, I applied for this. On Friday, I got the following letter from TAPS:

Thank you very much for your submission for the above course. Due to the sheer volume of submissions received the shortlisting process has taken longer than we anticipated and we thank you for your patience.

The standard of the scripts we received was higher than ever and it was a genuine pleasure to see such quality work. The uniformly excellent writing made it a real challange to select the writers to proceed onto the next stage. It has been a long process and we have created a shortlist of the best scripts which will now be read by our Artistic Advisory Board before being considered for development.

I am please(d) to tell you that your script has made this shortlist. Once the Board have decided on the six they wish to develop we shall let you know their decision.

...which is nice.

The script I submitted for this script was demented (and I have that on good authority), so it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

8 comments:

Lucy said...

It was indeed demented young Chipster, go forth into development to further bamboozle readers everywhere!

Chip Smith said...

'Young' - that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me! I feel all teary and emotional now...

Robin Kelly said...

Congrats! Proves you don't have to play it safe.

Chip Smith said...

Thanks, Robin - I couldn't play it safe if I tried, I'm afraid! 'Demented' seems to be my default writing mode...

Jason Arnopp said...

Well done, sir! Clearly, dementosity does pay.

Chip Smith said...

Thank you kindly, Mr A. I always try and start with something that I think is relatively original, but usually get diverted down Demented Avenue fairly quickly - the difference being with this script I just didn't hold back!

Elinor said...

Ooh Chip, how exciting!

Chip Smith said...

Thanks, Elinor - be intyeresting to see what happens next, I think (as I get dumped unceremoniously off the shortlist!).