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Coping Ugly - Christina Bevan - Playwright - Screenwriter - Scriptwriting - TV Writer - Producer - Christina Louise Bevan - Writer
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Welcome to the inner workings of Christina Bevan’s mind.

Christina Bevan is a writer of many trades, who spends her days arranging international shoots for a small start-up production company in London and her nights frantically writing lyrics or scenes.

Her first TV script, 31-10, was long-listed by the BBC Writersroom in 2014. Having completed a degree in Applied Languages and Translation, working in the creative industries became Christina’s top priority.

Since graduating from Heriot-Watt University, Christina has restructured 31-10 and developed numerous film, radio and theatre projects including a TV adaptation of the Little Mermaid through the eyes of the Sea Witch.

2018 Writing Goals

I had many plans for how 2018 would start. I was going to finally get back to writing my novel
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2018 Writing Goals

BOOK REVIEW: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter's world-building in 'Firstlife' is exquisite. Two sides of the afterlife, or Secondlife, light and dark warring with each
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BOOK REVIEW: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

BOOK REVIEW: Boys by Ella Hickson

'Boys' by Ella Hickson is about accepting change and taking the next step in life. Boys uses a cast of characters graduating
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BOOK REVIEW: Boys by Ella Hickson

TBR Challenge 2018

The TBR Challenge is hosted by Wendy at The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The goal of the TBR Challenge is rather
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TBR Challenge 2018

2018 Reading Challenges

Usually, my yearly reading challenges extend no further than the GoodReads Reading Challenge, which until now had been enough for
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2018 Reading Challenges

Mount TBR Challenge 2018

The Mount TBR Challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. The goal of the Mount TBR Challenge is to
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Mount TBR Challenge 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Star Witch by Helen Harper

Star Witch is the second book in Helen Harper’s The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic series. Still confused and missing her
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BOOK REVIEW: Star Witch by Helen Harper

BOOK REVIEW: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Grave Visions is the fourth book in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series. Originally published in 2010, I discovered this
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BOOK REVIEW: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

BOOK REVIEW: The Gift by Nikki Landis

There were moments in 'The Gift' that just swept me up. Similarly, there were moments of implausibility that ripped me
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BOOK REVIEW: The Gift by Nikki Landis

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Neil Gaiman

The Art of Neil Gaiman is a biography charting Neil Gaiman's conquests, from that failed Duran Duran biography to his
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BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Neil Gaiman

Book Adaptations: How To Cope With Adaptations

As avid readers know, book adaptations spark a myriad of emotions, from joy to excitement and from mild annoyance to
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Book Adaptations: How To Cope With Adaptations

Cycles: A Short Story

Cycles: A Short Story by Christina Bevan She stumbled. The scene surrounding her came as a shock. She hadn't expected this
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Cycles: A Short Story

Getting Over Writer Burn Out

My last blog post was about refocusing my plans for a book I had started in 2010 called The Return of
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Getting Over Writer Burn Out

New Chapter, New Novel

It's been nearly two years since I finished my first novel and I still hate it and the characters. I've
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New Chapter, New Novel

10 Minute Musical: Rehearsal

On the 29th January, Better Than New: A Ten Minute Musical was performed, script in hand, in front of a
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10 Minute Musical: Rehearsal

10-Minute Musical Project

2017 started off slowly on the writing front. That thankfully resolved itself quickly and all because Angharad from Leeway Productions
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10-Minute Musical Project

November Challenge

2016 was supposed to be a year of getting things done. Projects were to be finished, pieces were to be
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November Challenge

New Year, New Plan

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS Every year I make a resolution of some sort and I don't think I've ever actually seen any
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New Year, New Plan

The Verdict

Last week our degree classifications were finally released. A Merit in MA Scriptwriting is definitely a good place to start my writing
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The Verdict

Too much of a perfectionist….

3 Am and I'm still sat here.... ...tweaking Coping Ugly while my eye swells up thanks to some unknown allergic reaction.
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Too much of a perfectionist….

Reflections

So yesterday I finally finished the third draft of Coping Ugly. I was optimistic for the first time since the
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Reflections

Strong characters and distinctive dialogue – Coping Ugly

Last Tuesday, I bit the bullet and handed the first 10 pages of Coping Ugly over to my writing group
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Strong characters and distinctive dialogue – Coping Ugly

The Pros and Cons of Playwriting Residencies with Ideastap and Papatango

Meeting Papatango At the end of July, I went up to London for a workshop with Papatango. The long bus ride
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The Pros and Cons of Playwriting Residencies with Ideastap and Papatango

Updated To Read List

So it's been eight months since I posted anything on my reading habits. Well, there's no time like the present.
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Updated To Read List

Neil Gaiman quotes that strike a cord in my life right now

I seem to be in one of those moods where all I can do is relate everything I see back
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Neil Gaiman quotes that strike a cord in my life right now

Who said unpaid work doesn’t pay off?

Back in April, I started a three week internship for Boomerang, a production company based in Gloworks in Cardiff Bay.
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Who said unpaid work doesn’t pay off?

Character Images for 31-10

Working in a partnership as much as I do, Rhia and I find that "casting" our characters early on helps
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Character Images for 31-10

MA Scriptwriting Residential – Gregynog

My last post on Gregynog was a little short to say the least. The trip felt far too brief and I
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MA Scriptwriting Residential – Gregynog

Scriptwriting Residential

Unfortunately, the scriptwriting weekend has almost come to an end.  I think I could happily spend a week in Gregynog Hall
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Scriptwriting Residential

HighTide Playwright Workshop with Jack Lowe

Back in February, I won a brief with Ideastap to attend a playwriting workshop led by Jack Lowe on behalf
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HighTide Playwright Workshop with Jack Lowe

Next Steps

With the adaptation treatment for 'Amfia' finished at last, I'm feeling a little lost - I have spent the last
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Next Steps

What I learnt from Rob Gittins…

Back in December, Rob Gittins - writer of EastEnders and Stella to name but a few - spent a day
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What I learnt from Rob Gittins…

Too much to do, too little time

I've had an extremely busy start to the year....and it's only just turned February!  In just one month and eleven
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Too much to do, too little time

What I learnt from Manon Eames…

It has been suggested that, as new writers, it is highly likely that our first commission will come in the form of an adaptation. Thankfully, at the last Scriptwriting Weekend in December, we were fortunate enough to be visited by Manon Eames, an experienced freelance writer who's adaptations of work into Welsh from English and French have gained her critical acclaim....
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What I learnt from Manon Eames…

Sanctuary: A Short Play

In November, Jill, an MA Drama student, asked me to come up with a short play dealing with the idea of sanctuary. She wanted something scripted to use for her assessment. Jill just forgot to mention that she needed it before the semester ended. Panicked, I set to work on the first short play I've ever written. The first draft apparently made no sense so back to the drawing board I went and Sanctuary was born...
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Sanctuary: A Short Play

My 2015 Reading List

My list of books to read just seems to keep growing. In order to keep all the piles of books straight in my head, I'm creating this list as a checklist for myself. I'll cross them out as I get through them and maybe add a review later on. Although, it'll probably be twice the size before the course is even finished...
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My 2015 Reading List

Flat 666 Production Update

For a month of new starts, January has been rather unkind to our production plans but it has taught me
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Flat 666 Production Update

What I learnt from the first Scriptwriting Weekend with Rebecca Gould…

I’ve been meaning to get around to writing all my notes up for months now. In typical writer fashion, I’m
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What I learnt from the first Scriptwriting Weekend with Rebecca Gould…

10 things I learnt from Save The Cat

I've been meaning to get around to writing posts summarising the key aspects of the things I've been reading for
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10 things I learnt from Save The Cat

Ideas for Adaptation

So I should be focusing on my Entrepreneurship essay right now but procrastination is a writer's greatest alley... I just put
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Ideas for Adaptation

Writing New Years Resolutions

Well in the spirit of New Years Resolutions, here are my resolutions for 2015... More like my New Years Resolution to
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Writing New Years Resolutions

Research for the development of ‘Coping Ugly’

My play, 'Coping Ugly,' began it's life as a need to write something, anything about grief and it's effect on
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Research for the development of ‘Coping Ugly’

I’ve been reading…

As some people have remarked numerous times in the last few months, I'm extremely ambitious. Or alternatively, I'm not normal.
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I’ve been reading…

To Read…

I'm not sure when my list of things to read got so out of control. Didn't even think I'd been
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To Read…

What I learnt from ‘Showrunners: The Art of Running a Tv Show’

A documentary about showrunners? I think I'm in heaven. Last night, or the early hours of this morning, I discovered a
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What I learnt from ‘Showrunners: The Art of Running a Tv Show’

Web Series Project

After a month of meeting with writers and discussing what will be, tomorrow's the day. The day that will jump
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Web Series Project

Neil Gaiman: “I didn’t have a career; I just did the next thing on the list.”

Looking back, I've had a remarkable ride. I'm not sure I can call it a career because a career implies that
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Neil Gaiman: “I didn’t have a career; I just did the next thing on the list.”

Is this writers’ block?

I keep feeling the need to write. Something. Anything. And I've stopped myself every time. Why?  Have I been so
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Is this writers’ block?

And it begins…

I've been a USW student for thee weeks now and I'm still finding it odd. It's hard not to draw
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And it begins…