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HOST – How To Write, Make And Sell A Horror Movie

All About Host Host (2020) is a low budget British Horror movie that IMDB describes as, ‘Six friends hire a medium to hold a séance via Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong.’  Receiving rave reviews and a whopping 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, Host was conceived and shot in Lockdown! That’s right, Host did not exist even in its creators’ minds BEFORE March 23rd, 2020. In fact, had the pandemic not happened, this horror movie may never have been written and produced at all. So I met the… Read More »HOST – How To Write, Make And Sell A Horror Movie

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Top 5 Mistakes Mystery Writers Make

Whodunnit? Whether you’re writing a murder mystery or an action packed thrilller, mystery writers are masters of suspense. However, if you’re writing a murder mystery, these five mistakes could bring the investigation to a halt. Make sure you avoid these top mistakes when writing a mystery novel. 1) Deus Ex Machinas Deus Ex Machina (Latin: “god from the machine”) describes any sort of plot where the conflict is resolved from out-of-control events. The phrase “god from the machine” is a reference to ancient stage crafting: in many Roman plays, the plot is resolved by intervention from the gods, and a… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Mystery Writers Make

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10 Quick Tips About Writing TV From Gina Fattore

About Gina Fattore Gina Fattore is a television writer, showrunner and author. Gina’s credits include Dare Me, Better Things, UnREAL, Masters of Sex, Parenthood, Californication, Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek. Wow! That’s quite the resumé. Gina has also written a comic novel about her life as a TV writer, The Spinster Diaries, which is available now. Her TEDx talk, ‘Become What You Believe’ has had 16,000 views and you can watch it HERE. Since you Bangers love TV writing, I thought I’d ask Gina for her tips about it! Ready? Let’s go … 1) Write The Script Only YOU Can Write… Read More »10 Quick Tips About Writing TV From Gina Fattore

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3 Unusual Writing Tips From Quentin Tarantino

Uncommon Writing Advice Some love Quentin Tarantino’s movies and some hate them. But his results make Tarantino an interesting study material. Skipping the most common advice, we can take out of his work — like vast creative borrowing, heavy emphasis on dialogue, outrageous perfectionism, organic storytelling, and knowing your characters intimately — let us look at three not-so-common nuggets of wisdom from the Master. 1) Tell Old Stories In A New Way Tarantino often cites novelist Elmore Leonard as his single most important influence. One of the lessons that Tarantino learned from Leonard is to take old stories typical for… Read More »3 Unusual Writing Tips From Quentin Tarantino

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Why Things Haven’t Been Working Out For Your Writing

Writing Not Working Out? Join The Club If things haven’t been working out for you in your attempt to get your novel published or your screenplay produced yet, I completely understand. You see, things were like this for me as well. Thinking that working on my writing craft was the key to getting both done, I dived right into it. I devoured every resource and freebie I could find to write the BEST novel or screenplay. Well, my writing craft DID get better. But after a year of spinning my wheels, I was left feeling jaded, demoralised, and I didn’t… Read More »Why Things Haven’t Been Working Out For Your Writing

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9 Top Tips To Become An Organised Writer

Getting Organised Some of the things writers get stressed about are perfectly normal: plot, characters, conflict, resolution, backstory, timelines, world building, consistency, editors’ notes, cover art, titles, book blurbs, good reviews, bad reviews. That’s all fine, because it’s part of being a writer. But many of us also get stressed about missing deadlines, reaching the end of another day without having written anything, forgetting where we put our notes/contract/cat, drowning in paperwork, office admin piling up, not being able to relax with our family because we’re behind schedule… That’s not fine, and it doesn’t have to be that way. In… Read More »9 Top Tips To Become An Organised Writer

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1 Thing That Will Make All The Difference To Your Writing

Get Productive … But How?? What’s the difference between someone who gets their writing done and someone who doesn’t? Well we all know the drill. We need to … Get organised Set goals Smash targets Evaluate our progress Easy, right? AS IF!  Everyone knows the ‘secret’ is productivity, but very few agree what this looks like … But everyone agrees there never seems to be enough time. LE SIGH. Trying to be productive gets tiring after a while. It happens to the best of us. I get it. Things are stressful in our jobs, raising a family, dealing with the post-Covid… Read More »1 Thing That Will Make All The Difference To Your Writing

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Yes, Male Writers CAN Write Fantastic Female Characters

Not ALL Male Writers It’s true, male writers can get a bum rap when writing about female characters. As the headline of this article suggests, OF COURSE male writers can write great female characters. In fact, some of my all-time favourites have literally been written by male writers!!! From my time as a script reader, I’d venture there’s no correlation between gender and talent of writers. This obviously means there will be GREAT writers who happen to be female … But it ALSO means a female writer will not automatically write a great female character too. No one knows where talent comes… Read More »Yes, Male Writers CAN Write Fantastic Female Characters

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5 Expert Writers Share Their Awesome Short Story Tips

All About The Short Story There is magic in a great short story.  Short stories can capture your imaginary like nothing else, and in as short a time as your morning coffee break.  How do you write a great short story that moves someone in just a few pages?   We’ve gathered 5 world-famous authors on just that!  Here’s 5 authors on the craft of writing short stories. Enjoy!  1) Stephen King on Writing Short Stories ‘And the real short stories, that really good writers are able to do, are like an art of miniaturisation.’ ~ Stephen King Stephen King wrote his… Read More »5 Expert Writers Share Their Awesome Short Story Tips

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3 Quick Tips On Writing Diverse Characters

Want To Write Great Diverse Characters? Every day I hear from Bang2writers who want to write great female leads, characters of colour, or characters from the LGBT and disabled communities … but they’re scared of ‘getting it wrong’. If this is you as well, I have great news. It’s possible to write great diverse characters AND avoid the mistakes that worry you in advance. So let’s skip the fluff and go straight to those actionable quick tips that you can implement immediately. Quick Tip # 1: Avoid those ‘samey’ stories for diverse characters When writers want to attempt a diverse… Read More »3 Quick Tips On Writing Diverse Characters

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