My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
I ultimately came to writing through directing. As a director I was finding it hard to source short-form material that I really wanted to direct and as a result I started writing my own scripts after spending some time studying the craft. I’d always had a huge respect for the craft of screenwriting and in a way I’d held myself back in terms of writing due to the reverence I had for it.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
The writers I most admire are the ones that aren’t afraid to convey bold messages that question the system, whether it be political or philosophical.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
My short film drama, Blood Steel was my first work to be screened by the BFI. They chose the film amongst four others to be screened at cinemas across the north of England.
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
My recent short film Blood Steel.
Who or what inspires you to write?
The voiceless, the burning question, ‘who are we?’
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Live and breathe your characters and listen to your heart and not the million books out there telling you how to do it.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
I’m passionate about writing.
Tim Goodill is a director and screenwriter. Read more about him on IMDb.