It’s no secret that I’m a huge nerd. It’s even less of a secret that I love space opera. Someone asked me once if I liked Star Trek, Star Wars, or Stargate. My response was succinct:
“You had me at Star.”
Then there’s the part of me that’s a little bit Brit. I’ve always been a Doctor Who fan. The long-running BBC series was revived in 2005, and has been enjoying quite the revival in recent years. Especially from the perspective of a silly gay nerd here on this side of the pond. But it’s not just the consumption of sci-fi that I enjoy, it’s the back story that I look for. Who are the geniuses behind the universes that I love?
I’ve long been fascinated with the careers of some of my favorite writers (and disappointed by the anti-gay activism of Orson Scott Card). From the quirky lived-in insanity of the Joss Whedon universes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly series (and now The Avengers), to the Gene Roddenberry-inspired Trekiverse, the Lucasian universe that’s all about the Force, and the mad man behind the mad man with a blue box — Stephen Moffatt, they all make for fascinating reading.
Those of us who have been following Who for a while — the Whovians — we loved many of Moffatt’s finest episodes: “The Girl in the Fireplace” and “Blink.” Of course, he’s had a long history of great storytelling.
So why do I take a break from dealing with gay issues? One, because I do so love keeping my readers on their toes. Two, because I love breaking blogging rules. Three, because I really do have a point.
One of the reasons why I write (aside from the fact that I cannot stand idly by while surrounded by injustice) is the fact that I absolutely love writing. Whether I’m crafting a bit of dialogue for a story, bitching about the latest anti-gay nonsense, or gushing (or trashing) over a film, I just love writing.
Truth be told, I even get an Inherit the Wind type ofthrill of pushing a noun against a verb in an attempt to blow something up. That’s the thrill of writing — engaging your readers and their emotions and to entice them into action. Much of what I write here at Skipping to the Piccolo is intended for that purpose — to get my readers to stop reading and start doing.
My discussion of Stephen Moffatt isn’t in vain, either. Here’s a guy who’s been writing for TV for decades, and sometimes has people complain that his shows are too clever. He has a bit of writing advice for all of us — especially those of us who are working to make writing as a part of our careers. He offered some sage advice during an interview for Radio Times:
“Just write,” he said. “The big break is easy if you’re good enough. I hear people saying, ‘I’m desperate to write – I’ve written this script.’ And I want to say: ‘Why haven’t you written 50 scripts?’
“The first 50 will be s*** and so will the next 50 and probably the 50 after that. You have to write all the time and not worry so much about going to the right parties or the contacts you have in the business – they’re completely irrelevant.
“And stop badgering people for advice because there almost is none – if you write a truly brilliant script, it will get on the telly.”
I’m not so sure I want to get a script on the telly, but his advice is sound. Don’t badger (I’m guilty of this). Most of what you write WILL be shit. And most of all, write. Just write. The more you write, the better you’ll get.
So, with this little commercial break from the usual gay-themed Skipping to the Piccolo goodness, take this to heart: never give up on your message. If you love to write, write. And write like the wind.
We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging, already in progress.