I Can Write Better Than That….

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. I write every day. I even wrote this bit. At the age of eight I wrote a poem about an alien coming to Earth which won a competition and was printed in a newspaper. On the last day of secondary school there was a Revue Show for which I wrote most of the sketches and songs. (Unfortunately I was ill on the day and couldn’t attend but apparently it went very well; so much so that everyone else took credit for the writing). Over the past ten years I have had more than 40 scripts produced on TV and Radio and have written for, amongst others, Graham Norton and Jack Whitehall (I like to help keep both younger and older audiences entertained).

Now you might be thinking “well done for showing off but do you have a point?”  Well apart from getting that whole end-of-school-revue thing off my chest for the first time yes I do have a point. The point is, many times over the years, I’ve thought about giving up.

I once had a meeting with a very senior Multiple BAFTA Winning Television Producer. This was the conversation:

Int: Producer’s Office –  Day

Producer:         I’m a  big fan of your writing.

Me:                    Thank you

Producer:         So we wanted to tell you what we’re looking for at the moment

Me:                    Okay

Producer:        “We’re looking for the next Gavin and Stacey”.

Me:                   Great! I have something that’s based in London and Wales and…

Producer:        No we don’t want anything based in London and Wales.

Me:                    Okay, well I have a sitcom about a relationship that….

Producer:        No we don’t want anything about a relationship.

Me:                   So which part of Gavin and Stacey do you want?

Producer:       The success.

True story

I’ve also had a script meeting where the Comedy Commissioner said: “I don’t really like comedy can you write me a play about Opera instead?’

This is why I thought about giving up.

Years ago there was a sitcom with a well-known television celebrity. I was called into the studio at 11 o’clock in the morning to ask if I could script-edit it. Why so early? Because they were filming it that evening! The programme had been commissioned, the cast had been added and the studio had been booked. It was only whilst it was being rehearsed on the morning of the first day of filming that someone had suddenly said:  “Hang on, it’s not very funny is it?!”

This is why I thought about giving up.

But I know I won’t give up. I can’t. Writing is not only my desire but it’s my passion.

I not only enjoy writing my own scripts and script editing others. I also love teaching people how to write scripts even though, as I explain to them, there is more chance of them winning the Euromillions and having their prize handed to them by a talking unicorn than having their scripts produced. But these writers also have a passion and I enjoy helping to nurture that passion. And, against all the odds, some of them them do now have scripts in development with producers. So I must be doing something right.

If you are interested in learning how to write comedy from scratch or you are an established writer and just want to improve your current skills, my next two workshops are in London and Amsterdam. The link to the London one is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-writing-with-bennett-arron-tickets-37720650481 and the Amsterdam one is here: https://shop.ikbenaanwezig.nl/tickets/event/comedy-writing-workshop-with-bennett-arron

Remember, you could write the next Mrs Brown’s Boys. Or, even better, a comedy.





About Bennett Arron

Stand-Up Comedian, Award-Winning Writer, Presenter, BAFTA-Shortlisted Director, Identity Theft Expert, ex Disco Dancer. "Genuinely original and funny" The Times "Hilarious... clever wit... razor sharp" The Standard "A Welsh Seinfeld" The Guardian
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