DREAM TEAM – the writer

A television comedy-drama mini-series – by Bob Denton

In writing Dream Team, I did know what I was writing about. I have been active in both trade and public event organisation with the Property Business Show, Top PA, LIVE! the Consumer Electronics Show, the Premier Fashion events and subsequently a number of smaller heavily-targeted IT events such as MacExpo (UK, Germany and Netherlands), Adobe Live, Nikon Live, the Quark 7 Launch/Roadshow across Europe…

Most of the situations encountered in DREAM TEAM are based upon actual incidents. However, the screenplay does not begin to scratch the surface of my first-hand experience in exhibition organising.

But there is not universal agreement:

Mark Twain said: Write what you know.
P D James agreed: You absolutely should write about what you know.
There are all sorts of small things that you should store up and use,
nothing is lost to a writer …
All experience, whether it is painful or whether it is happy is somehow stored up
and sooner or later it’s used.
Kazuo Ishiguro argued: ‘Write about what you know’ is the most stupid thing I’ve heard. It encourages people to write a dull autobiography.
It’s the reverse of firing the imagination and the potential of writers.
Dan Brown suggested instead: You should write something that
you need to go and learn about.
Lee Child stated: I think [write what you know] is very bad advice.
Very few people know enough to make an exciting story,
and very few people can escape the clotted and
overcrowded prose that usually results.
Ken Kesey agreed: One of the dumbest things you were ever taught
was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull.

As always, you can find every shade of opinion, on any subject!

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