‘I’m NOT fearful of FAILURE – I REFUSE to ALLOW it’
She is the woman who created DCI Jane Tennison so, not surprisingly, author and screenwriter Lynda La Plante doesn’t let anything (or anyone) hold her back
The majority of fears are those from childhood that persist through as an adult. What happens as you get older is a different kind of fear. It’s the fear that you have learnt so much and have more to worry about.
I’m concerned that if I get a fact wrong in my script or my book, particularly in this day and age, the onslaught is really bad. People come at you at all levels, so I make sure that the forensics, police and everybody, help me get it right.
If you know you’re right and believe that it’s right, don’t shout, don’t scream, don’t cross your arms – just quietly say this is what I want. That’s what I’ve learnt to do. Even throughout my career, when there have been these moments when you could be scared. I’ve never been fearful of the failure of a show or of a script. If you have fear, then you’ll come up with writer’s block. Many writers do eventually admit to having this, and I think it’s fear that you can’t do it any more. I refuse to allow it. Someone once said to me, don’t get bitter, it’s a waste of your time. Just get more successful. That’s like a mantra now. I kept it in mind when I was writing my new book, Good Friday, about Jane Tennison’s early career.
My son is 14 and I try to be healthy. You have to be, but you do get worried. I monitor everything and I don’t drink to excess.