My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
Two years ago, at the age of 32.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
Rob Gittins (EastEnders and many other things) ran a workshop for my MA in Scriptwriting course. Rob had loads of great advice, funny stories and was a good down-to-earth bloke.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
Following the completion of my MA in Scriptwriting (September 2016) I’ll be filming two short films I’ve written.
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
I am currently developing an idea for a TV series which I’m very excited by. It’s a classic tale told from a different perspective. It makes me smile every time I work on it.
Who or what inspires you to write?
I think the key to being happy is to do something you enjoy for a living. I’ve worked in McDonald’s, as a building labourer, data entry clerk, that guy who puts leaflets in boxes and a whole host of other things. Writing is by far the thing that makes me happiest so I want to do that now.
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
I can’t really remember the last time I switched off. When I’m not writing or developing things for the MA in Scriptwriting I’m working full-time, going to my Brazilian Jiu-jitsu club, playing with my kids (three and one years old), helping my mum and grandma out or just doing things around the house. Switching off sounds nice, I’ll try that one day.
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Get out there and do stuff. I find ideas come flooding in when I’m actually out there meeting people, going places, reading articles in the paper or just chatting with friends down the pub. I definitely don’t subscribe to the Apple-laptop-in-a cafe-all-day approach. I used to look back and regret the time I spent doing jobs I didn’t like but actually it’s provided me with some really great stories.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
I’m hoping to meet other writers and take advantage of some of the events the WGGB puts on. I’d also like advice on contracts, agents and rates.
Dave Morgan is a 34-year-old writer living in Swansea, South Wales. He is currently studying an MA in Scriptwriting at the University of South Wales, Cardiff. After having worked on ideas for stories for over 10 years, he has decided to pursue a career as a professional scriptwriter.