If wishes were horses, we’d all ride straight to Hollywood and support our loved ones in a style last enjoyed by Russian royalty. Unfortunately, I live in England but am not Richard Curtis. I have, however, been fortunate to find a writing mentor with extensive experience in the film industry, and we read and provide critiques on each other’s drafts. My writing has improved immeasurably under his influence. I have written several comedies and a thriller, not necessarily because I see them being instantly translated into film (chance would be a fine thing!) but in order to build up a portfolio and to prove to interested parties that a) I can write a screenplay, and b) I am very serious about writing screenplays.