Digital Video – the 21st Century Writer’s Typewriter

Yep, that's me looking through the viewfinder, filming a television series (The Wild Bunch)on endangered species in Madikwe, South Africa. With me, seated, is photographer and lodge manager, Deon de Villiers. These days, a writer's work is often accessed via video, and with the medium of written expression changing rapidly, it's almost essential for every writer … Continue reading Digital Video – the 21st Century Writer’s Typewriter

When the words, and the picture, are worth a thousand words.

Writing script to picture, and/or editing picture to script, to maximize meaning and power of the statement, is part of the twenty-first century non-fiction writer's skill. Writing for film , with the script widely acknowledged as 'the currency of film',is tough because it's not just the images in your head you're putting together, but the … Continue reading When the words, and the picture, are worth a thousand words.

Writing historical docu-drama

Research, research and research. If you're passionate about your subject, this will be a discovery filled part of the journey, before you write a word.If not, don't write the doc.Write something else that you love. The production still above is from my TV series 'Black, White & Khaki', and this particular scene deals with the … Continue reading Writing historical docu-drama

Writing what you love…

    Every now and then, I need to stretch my thoughts and tune out from the novel, or script project that is my main focus. It is at times like these that I might write a travel article about places I’ve been to and love, or a conservation issue I feel strongly about. Sometimes … Continue reading Writing what you love…

ON WRITING A NOVEL IN A MONTH…

  Entered the National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo) last year, quite reluctantly. I didn’t really believe in pumping a novel out in thirty days just because. But I did think, well, who the hell am I to criticize unless I try it? So I did. Did the novel got the T-shirt. It did help though, that … Continue reading ON WRITING A NOVEL IN A MONTH…

The thought gave her strength

...and she reached up towards the writhing, bouncing body that kept her under the water. She followed one of the legs, and found what she was looking for. A bulge at the apex of the legs. She gripped this bulge as hard as she could, and pulled down. The effect was immediate. The weight slid … Continue reading The thought gave her strength

Carl was taut with the intensity of what he saw…

'I see them now, Prof, I see them...'. Crichton turned and stared at the water. 'What is it..what do you see?'. Amanda's voice was trembling. But the two men ignored her, their eyes following some movement in the water. Alistair shook his head.'Prof's at it again – water wraiths or some-such...' But then Alistair tensed, and … Continue reading Carl was taut with the intensity of what he saw…

What the hell was that?Jenna gasped

...with alarm. They stopped, and looked at the ground, which was behaving like jelly under their feet. Then it came again, and they could see the pools of marsh water shaking. 'Let's get the hell out of here..!',Carl shouted, urging Jasper forward, as he was blocking the path. Jasper stood transfixed, staring at the shivering … Continue reading What the hell was that?Jenna gasped

‘Mutations?’, Tim queried.

' Certainly. A number of the bone and fossil finds here show mutated structures, between related species - we're trying to find out why it's endemic to this area'. Tim, if not the others, was fascinated. 'What do you think causes them?', he asked. Jussi laughed, a strange and almost warning laugh. 'If I knew, … Continue reading ‘Mutations?’, Tim queried.

Outside,a fractured and waxing moon slid up through the darkness

The eye of the spring that created the dank and spreading marshlands, was now troubled. Its waters heaved and bubbled, steaming their discontent over the low-lying restiads and peat bogs. A figure moved out in the clinging mist. It was a silhouette of tangled hair and fur, and it was crawling and standing alternately, as … Continue reading Outside,a fractured and waxing moon slid up through the darkness