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Lee Aubry, LISP Feature Screenplay FINALIST

LISP Feature Screenplay FINALIST, Lee Aubry by TIMBUKTU BLUES

- Can you please tell us about you and your daily life?

I lead a hectic life like most people these days: jobs, family, hobbies, and dogs!

- When and how did you get into writing?

My youngest daughter inspired my dramatic writing career. After decades of watching her performances, she gave me an appetite for writing. She surprised me with one-on-one lessons with a fabulous writing teacher.


Timbuktu Blues placed in the following contests:

  • ScreenCraft Drama Competition

  • New York City Screenplay Awards

  • Chicago Indie Film Awards

  • Toronto International Women Film Festival

  • Cannes International Cinema Festival

  • Page International Screenwriting Awards

  • Finish Line Script Competition

  • LA Independent Women Film Awards

  • London Independent Story Prize

- How often do you write? Do you have a writing routine? And what inspires you to write?

I write as often as I can, daily when a story in my head takes over my life (in a good way).

- How does it feel to have your work recognised?

As good as it gets!

- What's the best thing and the most challenging thing about writing a Screenplay?

Writing a screenplay is an exercise in determination and resilience. Believe in yourself and your story. You’ll learn amazing things about the world and yourself along the way. Use criticism constructively.

- How did you come up with the idea for your LISP selected story? Is there a story behind your story? And, how long have you been working on it?

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, an extraordinary country. After Boko Haram abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria, I believed a good character-driven story would build awareness and empathy for schoolchildren in conflict zones.

- Can you please give us a few tips about writing a Screenplay?

Write anything, then write more. Then edit, and edit, and edit, over and over again. Get feedback from trusted sources. Quiet the negatives voices in your head.

- What's the best thing and the most challenging thing about competitions?

Placing is glorious. Hearing and reading feedback, understanding how deeply my story touches readers, glorious. Don’t let competitions change how you feel about your story. Anyone's story is not for everyone.

- Lastly, do you recommend the writers give a go on LISP?

Absolutely!


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