BONUS! Bonnie Macbird on Screenwriting – EPILOGUE#68

The Epilogue, our bonus inbetween episodes, are quick listens containing an extra question or topic not covered in the original interview. This week it’s the turn of Sherlock Holmes novelist and screenwriter, Bonnie Macbird. If you missed it, you can find her full interview here or, even better, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever else you get your podcasts to get a new episode downloaded automatically every week.

Bonnie was born and raised in San Francisco and attended Stanford University where she earned a BA in Music and an MA in Film.  Her long Hollywood career includes four years as a feature film development exec at Universal. She wrote the original screenplay for the movie TRON, and won three Emmy Awards for her documentary writing and producing. She’s produced numerous  plays and musicals, and has theatre credits as an actor and director. Art in the Blood, her  first  novel, written in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle and featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson,  was published in 2015 by HarperCollins and released in 14 languages worldwide to critical acclaim, with her latest, Unquiet Spirits released just last year.

Find out more about Bonnie over at and follow her on Twitter @Macbird

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About Wayne

Editor and Soundman for MGL Media (@mglmedia) and currently completing debut novel 'Safe Hands'. Love Writing and hosting The Joined Up Writing Podcast. Follow @MrKelly2u or @jupodcast on Twitter and say hello.
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3 Responses to BONUS! Bonnie Macbird on Screenwriting – EPILOGUE#68

  1. liamvictor says:

    I just wanted you let you know that I’ve been listening to your entire canon back from the beginning. I discovered the podcast a few months ago on Spotify, then went back to the first episodes and have been mostly listening in order. I’m leaving a message here as I’ve just listened to this one – finally up to 2018!

    As an aspiring 52 year old writer I’ve found it really useful. I don’t particularly follow the advice, but use it instead for support instead for the idea that it’s okay to devote time each day to writing. And that writing that’s objectively poor is okay too!

    As I can’t review on Spotify and don’t have an iTunes account I hope this little message of thanks goes some way to show my appreciation of the enormous effort you’ve put in for us all.

    Thank you very much Wayne.

    Kind regards,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Wayne says:

      Liam, thank you so much for taking the time to reply – it means a lot. Writing for the sake of writing is definitely a worthwhile pursuit, in and of itself. Morning Pages has been something that I’ve found useful from time to time too. What are you working on at the moment?


      • liamvictor says:

        I’ve written for many years but never got very far. I’d written a few thousand words here and there. Back in April a friend asked what had happened to a book she had seen, and so I began to look at it again.

        The book is contemporary fiction. Darkly humorous revenge story – I hope. The central idea is a failed writer steels the brilliant book of another writer and kills him.

        At the point my friend saw it I had 8,000 words – but it had been at that stage since 2013. I decided to record my word count each day in a spreadsheet and use a habit tracker. If I spent 10 minutes or 200 words then I considered it a success, and could give myself “a tick” in the habit tracker.

        Since then I’ve written everyday, and most days average 500 words. I’m now up to 65k words, which I think is about two thirds of the way to completing the book.

        I use something called the Pomodoro method while working (working in blocks of 25 minutes), so it’s become natural to set up a “pom” and work for 25 minutes on the book at the end of the day.

        I then give myself a tick in the habit tracker, update the spreadsheet with the word count in Scrivener and I’m done for the day.

        Although I know the trajectory or the book, I’m pantsing it. Somehow it seems to come out okay…

        Thanks again for the series, and I do look forward to the day when I can enjoy your safe cracker book!

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