Simon Says » communiqué 025/November 2018

Simon Says: communiqué 025/November 2018

Hello everyone

Eek! November. Where did that come from? If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you got your heating serviced during the summer.

Last month I said I’d talk about Killing Eve, so let’s jump straight in…

Killing Eve

Over the last few months there seems to have been a lot on UK TV that people have talked about. First they talked about Bodyguard. Then they talked about The Cry.

Neither gripped me.

I watched the first episode of Bodyguard and was underwhelmed. I may go back at some point—a writer friend tells me I should watch it for the story-telling technique—but I have little appetite to do so. And as for The Cry… The first episode is a nightmare of cutting and while the jumping about slows down in later episodes it’s all over the place with the timeline. I prefer a simple linear story.

The performances in The Cry are worthy. They have the feeling of performances given with an eye to winning awards. And I’m sure they will win awards, but I still couldn’t engage with characters who make bad decisions and then keep compounding those bad decisions.

However, much more fun and much more engaging—but far less heavily advertised or talked about—was Killing Eve. And if you’re going to watch something, this is the one I think you should look out.

This is why I think you should watch Killing Eve.

The Physics of Story Telling

Sir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist who is reputed to have formulated his theory of gravity while watching the fall of an apple.

In 1687 he set out his laws of motion. While these laws may have originated from scientific research, did you know that they apply equally to storytelling?

Find out more about the physics of storytelling.

Never Do Today What You Can Put Off Until Tomorrow

The maxim never do today what you can put off until tomorrow probably sounds like the ultimate justification for laziness. In truth, it’s one of the best ways to focus and improve productivity.

This is the approach I adopt to prioritization and why I think it might work for more people.


I’ll be back in December for the last edition of Simon Says for this year.

Until then.

All the best