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Published on March 17th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

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James Moran’s Writers FAQ

He won’t give you John Barrowman’s phone number, but Doctor Who (The Fires of Pompeii) and Torchwood (Sleeper) writer James Moran is quite happy to give any budding or struggling writers some valuable pointers based on his own experience in this blog post – one of the best blog posts I’ve read all year (and I read a lot…)

The FAQ is a superb journey through personal experience and opinion no to mention forthright answers to questions like:

  • If I send you my stuff, will you read it and give me feedback?

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  • Can we collaborate on a script? Or if I have an idea, do you want to write it?

There’s also answers to questions on getting an agent, whether it is who you know rather than what you know, how to write from day to day, that sort of thing – but loaded with the knowledge that this is a guy who has succeeded in many of the ways he talks about in the article.

From a Whoniverse point of view, you should probably read this:

You can’t break into the industry but *only* write for Doctor Who, you have to write other stuff along the way, gaining the skills and experience of a working writer.

It’s insightful and amusing, but most of all it’s useful, informative and unlike countless books (that I’ve read, certainly) it’s relevant.

And it’s free to read on James Moran’s blog!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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