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Bomb Alley to Hellfire Corner

WW2. The skies are full of British pilots battling foreign warplanes. In Kent's "Bomb Alley," 5-year-old Ron, his gang of "ragamuffin" friends laugh and play, oblivious to the significance of the excitement in the skies.



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From a US Writer who read a piece on Bomb Alley
Even with some of the close calls I've been through in my time (military and civilian), I can't imagine what it's was like in wartime Britain.
It's good stuff for sure, but you might consider writing something from a different perspective. Granted, the dramatic elements are good for a screenplay, but historically, you stand a better chance of getting a screenplay written/accepted if you write the material as novel/short story first. That's what happened with "Dances with Wolves"; Costner saw the screenplay, suggested the screenwriter write it as a novel, then Costner picked up the rights to it. The rest is history, and many screenplays are adapted from novels/short stories. If you've got that many words into it, converting it to a short story or small novel shouldn't be a problem. One of my buddies when we were both in the Submarine Force wound up as a Chief Torpedo man on the Dallas when they filmed Red October, and he went on to write his own submarine novel

I think it would be important for others to hear your views on more of what it was like as a small kid in wartime Britain, the kind of hardships, sacrifices, and constant threats you and the British faced, but from a kid's perspective. What were your emotions as you heard the V2's approaching or flying over you? How did you feel when the bombs were dropping? What basics of life did you have to go without for years? How did your relatives, neighbours, friends feel and deal with the situation? While you may have been too young then to really grasp the gravity of the situation (maybe not), looking back on it now, remembering and knowing how others dealt with it is of great importance. People take their freedom and creature comforts for granted these days, 2 things that you and I know are costly and can disappear overnight if the world isn't vigilant, and all I see today are clueless idiots like there were prior to WWII that let the world get to that point. I hate to say it, but there are many days I actually miss the Soviet Union. It's been what, 20 years almost since the Berlin Wall came down, and the world has already forgotten how many people died trying to escape Communism? The world needs to know what it's like to fight off a threat that has only your extermination in mind, and I think a view from a child's perspective is more powerful.

I know you've included a lot of that here, but my point is that the world already knows a lot about the historical aspects of the weapons of the Nazis, the RAF pilots, and the British/German leaders during WWII, but not a lot about what it's like to live as a child in Britain under such conditions. At least I've not seen such stories here in the States, other than occasional references and films depicting children in Britain during, but not as a main focus.
Anyway, I could go on, but that's just my take on it.
Sincerely and Good luck with this

Submitted: September 22, 2020
Last Updated: January 20, 2021

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The Writer: Ron Shears

He was born in 1935 in Kent, England grew up in Bomb Alley during WW2. He served a 5-year apprenticeship as a Compositor Typographer. Met Patricia, an Art Student at age 17, married in 1957. They have a daughter, two son's eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He left a print after 11 years to start a roof tiling and slating business, eventually employing 52 trade's men. Nine years later, lost a fortune to bad debts when oil price increased 400% in four days. Builders large and small went broke, taking him with them. Some years later, he migrated to Australia. Broke, did building site laboring work to support the family., started writing to keep sane, never showed anyone for... Go to bio

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