And welcome to my blog.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be exploring the art and craft, and sheer struggle of writing. Together we will discover how we can support ourselves and the creative process. My aim being better writing through Zen, and with luck, better living too.
But, who am I to make so bold a claim?
My name is Jessica and I’m a writer, musician and sound engineer, astrologer and mystic. Based in Newcastle, born in Brighton, I studied music for 28 years, and it taught me everything I needed to know about life.
I’ve been studying Buddhism for 20 years and sometimes think it’s the only thing in my life that makes sense.
The writing thing is new. Can you tell?
I’m currently working on two screenplays and a novel. In 2008 I won the Euroscript Screen Story Competition with my script This Other Eden, working through many drafts in their excellent development programme with Fenella Greenfield. I’ll be writing about that process in a future post: Birth of a Calling Card Script.
I also run a writer’s group for graduates of the Tyneside Cinema’s Advanced Screenwriting course. We get together once a month to share our work, commiserate and celebrate, and generally egg each other on.
So what can we look forward to in the coming weeks?
There’ll be posts on writing practice, psychology and technique. Look out for my special ‘Playpen Technique’, and how to train the mind using the ‘Puppy Technique’. We’ll have a long hard look at procrastination (well it beats writing), and attempt to explain why normal people think writers are crazy.
We might even do some creative writing.
So I hope you’ll join me on my adventures into the wilds of my (and yours) imagination.
In the meantime, keep writing..