Something's been bothering me.
You might have noticed that I didn't have much to say about my EastEnders experiences. And that I got through an episode of Holby City with scarcely a single blog entry.
In fact, I've said nothing much of any interest for a while.
There is a reason for this.
It isn't that my experiences on those two shows were so awful that I couldn't write about them. Far from it.
It's because I'm beginning to think it's no longer appropriate. Maybe even that it's not very "professional". There, I said it.
This Blog has been all about me - my attempts to break into the industry. And hopefully it has been useful reading for others in the same boat.
But this isn't a private discussion over a beer in The Dover Castle. It's a public blog. And, increasingly, I'm finding that I have a wider readership than I ever expected to get. I'll introduce myself to someone in the industry and they'll say "Ah, Scriptuality". Or "I like your shed". Or "how are the kids?"
Well, I don't mind that. It's quite fun. And it raises my profile as a writer (though not always in a positive light).
But sometimes I put myself in the position of a script editor asked to work with a writer who's a blogger. How happy would I be at the idea that all the ups and downs in the relationship, all the inevitable frustrations of hammering out a TV script are put up on the web for all to see?
OK, so I don't name names. But everyone else who works with them knows who they are.
And, genuinely, I have been extremely lucky to have had a succession of lovely, wonderful script editors on the shows I've worked on so far. And not one of them has ever complained about my blogging. Thank you, one and all. From time to time I might have disagreed with a note or two, but you have taught me so much.
I don't know whether blogging about the work we've done together has always been entirely fair. If it ever felt awkward, thank you for hiding it so well. And, I'm sorry.
But one of these days I'm going to be unlucky. I'm going to get a script editor who I just don't get on with. Or someone who takes every comment I might make personally.
So, I have come to a decision - no more running commentary.
I'll still pop up from time to time to let anyone who's still interested know what I'm up to. And I might comment on general writing issues. But no more heart-on-my-sleeve descriptions of the inner workings of TV scriptwriting. Sorry.
It's been fun.
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