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Daniella Tully tips Middlesex University students on writing
By Raghib Hassan February 09, 2018
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SHARJAH: The atmosphere at Middlesex University Dubai’s Oasis Theatre was warm on Wednesday evening. Students, faculties and guests were waiting with great excitement to witness an evening with a celebrated storyteller.

They were waiting to listen to Daniela Tully, who has been writing scripts for more than a decade and has also been associated with the art of filmmaking.

She has worked in critically-acclaimed films like “Fair Game,” box-office hits “Contagion” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” as well as the Oscar-winning “The Help.” Tully, who was born in Germany and lived in places like New York and Mexico, penned her first novel, “Hotel on Shadow Lake,” which has received impressive response from New Year Times bestselling novelist Lee Goldberg and Academy-nominated director Uli Edel.

During her book signing event, she interacted, inspired, and guided students. Commenting about the event, she said, “It was indeed a great session. I read the first chapter of the book and then we had a Q and A session.”

When asked to compare writing a novel with writing a script, she said, “Writing a script is more challenging than writing a book.”

She added, “Your vision is less compromised while working on a script. And you have to slow down at times.”

Talking about her debut novel, she said, “The first chapter of the book is based on a true story. I have got it from the life of my grandmother.”

Daniela is also an Adjunct Faculty in Media at Middlesex University Dubai. When asked to give tips to aspiring writers, she said, “There are two types of writers. One who knows the full story before they even start writing their story and the other, who goes with the flow without having an end in their mind, so keep going with the flow. The process of writing is very organic. So you should keep on writing,” she added. When asked how long it took her to come up with this novel, she said, “The concept of the book was born in my mind in 2012 and but I completed it in 2016. It took 6 months to write this book.”

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