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Collated Answers from WW interviews

How did you feel when you first started sending your writing out into the world?
Emilia di Girolamo Hopeful and excited and fairly swiftly I felt bruised and battered! The one lesson I have really learned is to stick at it and never give up, that if one project doesn't work out just move onto the next one. I have been in so many situations where something was a dead cert and then it didn't happen so I never count on anything. The more projects you have on the go the more chance one of them will come off. My novel Freaky was optioned in 1999 within three weeks of coming out. It spent several months in development at Channel 4, then went to the BBC and was inches from a green light when suddenly, last year, it was dropped. The same week my agent told me that the novel I had been working on with him for 2 years just wasn't working for him and that he didn't feel he could sell it. I was completely devastated and really felt my career was pretty much over for the time being. It would take 2 or 3 years to write another novel, or get another TV project going. But I sat down and entered every poetry competition going, started a new play (as theatre wise things were going OK), applied for every opportunity on the Writewords website that I possibly could, applied to a TV writing course for professional writers who want to hone their TV writing skills, wrote a treatment for a TV series in two hours and emailed it to the production company I had worked with on Freaky. I just had a mad burst of activity in the hope something would pay off and it did - I came 3rd in the Poetry Life Competition, finished my play in a week, got onto the TV course and have now developed another TV series idea and the production company loved my first idea and took it into development and asked me to write a single drama for them! Almost everything paid off and it proved to me that its best to get up, dust yourself off and get on with it rather than sulk over rejections.
Zoe Fairbairns Determined.