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10 Quick Tips From TV Showrunner Ashley Pharoah

About Ashley Pharoah  Ashley Pharoah is a British screenwriter and television producer. He is best known as the co-creator/writer of TV classic drama LIFE ON MARS and creator/writer of the family drama WILD AT HEART, BONEKICKERS and THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. He’s currently working on an adaptation of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS with David Tennant playing Phileas Fogg. Lots of you Bang2writers love genre and television, so I thought I’d ask Ashley for his top tips on getting ahead. Ready? Let’s go! 1) Concept is key This is a tip after B2W’s heart … After all, as… Read More »10 Quick Tips From TV Showrunner Ashley Pharoah

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6 Top Tips On Selling Your Screenplay

Selling Your Screenplay You have your finished (and edited!) screenplay in hand, so now it’s time to think about selling it. That’s the good news. The bad news: there’s a TON of other people thinking the same thing as you! While pitching a screenplay is as tough as writing a script, it’s not impossible. With the right tactics, it definitely can be achieved. However, most writers don’t know how to use these tactics. And they don’t know how to start selling their script … But that’s what this article is for! Check out my top 6 tips on selling your… Read More »6 Top Tips On Selling Your Screenplay

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10 Excruciating Mistakes Even Experienced Writers Make

Excruciating Mistakes So, you’ve been writing a while but there are still some excruciating mistakes you might make that could trip you up … Why ‘excruciating’? Because they’re SO EASY to avoid! 1) Weak Beginning First up, an obvious excruciating mistake … You need to START as you mean to go on! First impressions really count. If you’re a screenwriter, you may know you only have 10 pages maximum to pique a reader’s interest … What you may not know is you need to grab them from page 1, FIRST! This means you need a great opening image. Check out… Read More »10 Excruciating Mistakes Even Experienced Writers Make

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3 Top Tips From Tony Jordan on Writing Craft & Careers

All About Tony Tony Jordan is a screenwriter, showrunner and producer who surely needs no introduction … But if you’ve been in outer space, then Tony is the founder and executive chairman of Red Planet Pictures. Leaving school with no qualifications, Tony was a market trader for many years. Starting his writing career at the age of thirty-two on Eastenders, he ended up writing a whopping 250+ episodes of the iconic British soap opera. For his work on EastEnders, Tony is particularly known for creating the Slater family along with then producer, John Yorke (you can find out more from John on B2W,… Read More »3 Top Tips From Tony Jordan on Writing Craft & Careers

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What You Can Learn From These 4 Bestselling Authors

Advice From Bestselling Authors If you’re thinking of becoming an author, a screenwriter, a non fiction or ebook writer, or starting a side hustle doing some freelance work, there’s one thing you need to be good at … writing! It’s easier said than done, of course, because the one thing writing demands is discipline. If you aren’t dedicated to the craft, you can forget about writing the next great American novel or its equivalent. If you’re looking for some tips and guidance from bestselling authors, read on. 1) Hugh Howey Bestselling author Hugh Howey is no stranger to fame and… Read More »What You Can Learn From These 4 Bestselling Authors

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10 Quick Tips For Your Writer’s Resumé

All About The Resumé Most writing submissions require a writer’s resumé now. Bang2writers are always asking me what they should include in theirs, so I thought I would pull together my top tips for you. Ready? Let’s go … 1) Presentation is everything First impressions count. Make sure your resumé (aka your CV, if you’re a Brit like me) LOOKS professional. There’s no set way to do this, so don’t panic … It’s more a case of ‘you’ll know it when you see it’. Swapping with your writing peers is a great idea to see what works and what doesn’t… Read More »10 Quick Tips For Your Writer’s Resumé

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A Step By Step Guide To Get Started Making Money Writing Online

Getting Started Bang2writers often write to me, asking how they get started writing online articles for money. Such articles are often called ‘content writing’.  These can be a great way for writers to start their writing careers because … Writers have to pitch their ideas for articles (like they would screenplays & novels) They have to consider target audience (‘WHO is this for? WHAT am I trying to say?’) They make useful contacts who can connect them to other useful people Writers add to their online reach (so agents, producers and publishers will see their writing) It’s a good way… Read More »A Step By Step Guide To Get Started Making Money Writing Online

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The Uncomfortable Truth About #OwnVoices Stories

What are #OwnVoices Stories? For the uninitiated, #OwnVoices is a hashtag created by YA author Corinne Duyvis in 2015. The purpose of the hashtag is to highlight books that are written by an author that shares a marginalised identity with the protagonist. As time has gone on, the conversation around #OwnVoices has expanded informally to include TV and film too. If you are part of the underrepresented group like your main character, you’re writing an #OwnVoices story. For example, if you’re a BIPOC, neurodivergent or disabled writer writing a character or story about the challenges you have lived experience of,… Read More »The Uncomfortable Truth About #OwnVoices Stories

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A Writer’s Guide On Reaching Out To Industry Pros Authentically

Authentic Relationships Every writer needs to reach out to industry pros. As a professional writer, you probably already know that you often need to work as your own advocate. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a book, an online publication, or an editorial. You are the only one who can decide what your work looks like and how it flows. But, writers have to go through a specific process in order to get their work professionally published. That often involves working with editors, agents, script readers, publishers, producers and other industry pros. For many professional writers, that can be… Read More »A Writer’s Guide On Reaching Out To Industry Pros Authentically

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How To Banish Impostor Syndrome From Your Writing Life For Good

What Is Impostor Syndrome? Impostor Syndrome is defined in the dictionary as … ‘the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills.’ It’s not difficult to see why writers fall foul of impostor syndrome so much. When you are a creative, your efforts are frequently forgotten, underestimated or simply not acknowledged … Even by the people we care about! As a result we can internalise this invalidation and turn it on ourselves. Before we know it, even if we are successful we’re caught in the… Read More »How To Banish Impostor Syndrome From Your Writing Life For Good

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