Wannabe Writers on TV
Heard from two bloggers – Catherine Ryan Howard and Kathleen McGurl – about a pilot for a new reality television staring real wannabe writers trying to get publishing deals and receiving advice from professionals alone the way.
It’s the baby of Jane Wenham-Jones, novelist and author of Wannabe a Writer, a practical no-nonsense guide written in a humorous, conversational style that makes you feel you’re in a wine bar together rather than receiving pearls of wisdom from on high.
I must admit I have a bit of a problem with reality shows. I watch The Apprentice every series along with 98% of the country but I’ve weaned myself off Big Brother and the more ‘respectable’ ones like Embarrassing Bodies because there’s seems to be such a big freak show element and I feel uneasy being a voyeur.
So, does WAW TV fall into the same category?
Yes, it does in part – I suspect because it doesn’t stand a chance of being taken on by a production company unless it is seen to follow the tried and tested method of attracting large viewing figures. And that means setting someone up to fail.
No way is Delphine ready to talk to top literary agent Carole Blake (author of the mother of all how-to guides From Pitch to Publication). Delphine needs the kind of thick skin that comes from having her writing under a spotlight in a writers’ workshop and to develop a feeling for a plot that works, characters that live on the page and cliche-free language through critiquing the work of other emerging writers.
She needs to write more herself and read more contemporary commercially successful novels of the kind she would like to write. She needs to talk about her discoveries with other wannabe writers and draw strength and confidence from feeling part of a writing community.
I’m in danger of saying she needs to come to one of my classes, but what I really feel more than anything is that there’s a craft to learn. Delphine has just started her apprenticeship and it’s too soon to see someone like Carole Blake. I’d love to see her get this wonderful chance in a year’s time…
You can see the first part of Wannabe a Writer TV. The second part will be available from September 15th.
What do you think?
When Delphine says Yes, I understand in response to one of Carole’s insightful comments, I don’t think Carole was being rude when she relied: No, I’m afraid you don’t. She was just being accurate.
Would I watch it if was on TV? Of course – even though I have all these reservations about reality TV. Carole Blake is a star and this would be unmissable.
Jane is looking for more wannabe writers. Click HERE for the application form. It might be the right time for you….
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