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Yo it’s Alison Spittle and I’m picking the best people to have quick words with at the biggest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh fringe festival. First on my trails is TV writer and comedian, Bisha K. Ali.
Bisha co-presents GrownupLand (radio 4), Guilty Feminist and is one of the most prolific writers I know. She specialises in Sci-fi and comedy and her work has been recognised by BAFTA and Sky! She’s also been in writers rooms for netflix, I sat her down for a quick chat.
How much work goes into a spec script?
Anywhere from a week to a month to years. It’s dependent on the writer and the idea. In my case, sometimes I’ll have an idea that just arrives close to fully formed, and the first draft gets written in a snap. Right now I’m working on an idea that’s been bubbling away for years but hadn’t coalesced into something I wanted to say until very recently. The first draft is then the first of many, but it’s much easier to refine and sculpt something that exists than it is to tinker with a hypothetical idea of a story.