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How To Choose An Idea To Write

Choices, Choices Very often writers will contact me asking how to choose ideas to write. They will say they have so many ideas, it feels impossible to pick one. I can relate to this problem. Back when I first started writing, I found it SO DIFFICULT to choose. I had notebooks and files full to the brim with ideas. I also loved all kinds of stories … from dramas and biopics and literary fiction, through to high octane thrillers and super-scary horrors. I also loved genre fiction, from crime through to feelgood women’s fiction. How did I begin?? What did… Read More »How To Choose An Idea To Write

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29 Ways To Stay Creative

Getting Creative It can be really difficult to stay creative at the best of times … and it’s safe to say these are NOT the best of times! After a year of the pandemic and multiple lockdowns all over the world, writers may be feeling burned out (I know I am). Of course, rest is important. If you feel you can’t go on, now is a great time to take stock and let the well replenish. I will be doing this over Easter, so the B2W site will be taking a short break. (Don’t panic though … You can still… Read More »29 Ways To Stay Creative

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Top 10 Iconic Villains from Movies & TV

Iconic Villains Just as no film is a hit without a hero, no hero is without an iconic villain. Iconic villains are the most evil, twisted, relentless and/or ambitious … In other words, they’re straight out of our worst nightmares! Bang2write loves powerful villains, so check out the worst of the cinema’s worst monsters who have wowed the watchers with their dark intensity. After you go through them all, don’t forget to turn on all the lights … Just in case! 1) Voldemort from HARRY POTTER ‘He Who Shall Not Be Named’ is an iconic supervillain. Voldemort’s desire for supremacy… Read More »Top 10 Iconic Villains from Movies & TV

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10 Quick Tips On Writing A Killer One Pager

All About The One Pager Whether you’re writing a screenplay or novel, a killer one pager can help you get read requests from industry pros. That’s why I’m delighted to welcome Bob Schultz to Bang2write today. There’s nothing this guy doesn’t know about one pagers! Be sure to check out his course HERE or at the bottom of this article. Also, don’t forget you can also download the B2W one page pitch reference guide from the resources page HERE. You can also grab it by clicking any of the pics in this article. Over to you, Bob! Writing A Great… Read More »10 Quick Tips On Writing A Killer One Pager

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15 Top Tips To Becoming A Faster Writer

How To Write Faster We probably have all thought we need to be faster writers … But how do we manage this? Imagine you have a deadline coming up (or maybe you already do!).  You have a big problem: you can’t figure out where to start researching; how to structure your novel or screenplay; or how to complete it in time. Eek! You’re not alone – most writers have faced this. But good news … Becoming a faster writer is possible and will definitely make a difference in your writing life. Top Tips ‘All’ you need to do is to… Read More »15 Top Tips To Becoming A Faster Writer

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How To Decide Between Past and Present Tense In Your Novel

Past Vs. Present Lots of Bang2writers are writing novels these days, meaning they ask me about past and present tense. But does tense really matter? To an extent, YES it does. Put simply, a story written in the past will turn out differently to one written in the present. It’s just the way of things. This leads to some writers believing choosing tense is all about gut instinct. If that works for you, go for it. However, for many writers, deciding between past and present tense in novels can be difficult. Lots of people have strong opinions on tenses, which… Read More »How To Decide Between Past and Present Tense In Your Novel

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Why GRACE Took 19 Years To Make It To Screen

The Grace TV Series Have you read the Roy Grace novels? Then you know the TV adaptation starts Sunday, March 14th on ITV. I can’t wait, plus I am a huge Peter Janes fan, so I am delighted to welcome him back to B2W. Over to you, Peter! On Adaptation One of the first question authors get asked when they meet someone for the first time … ‘Have you had anything on television I might have seen?’ ‘Yes,’ I told a builder at a party in Brighton, back in 1999, ‘in fact I had a miniseries of my novel, Host,… Read More »Why GRACE Took 19 Years To Make It To Screen

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Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make Writing Doctors

Writing A Doctor Character? Doctors are part of our everyday lives. Chances are all of us will need to see one at some point (even if we’re doctors ourselves). So it’s no accident these characters have made it into our screenplays and novels too! I’m delighted to welcome screenwriter, author and consult psychiatrist Rosie Claverton back to B2W, to share her first-hand knowledge with us. Over to you, Rosie! 1) Not All Doctors Are “Dr” Did you know? Before standardised medical training, back in the Middle Ages, the people who performed surgery were barbers. You’d go for your haircut, and… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make Writing Doctors

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10 Awesome Young Female Characters Recommended By My Kid

All About Young Characters Young characters are hard to write … Yet writers frequently under-research young people when it comes to characterisation. As I was a teen mum, I’ve been a parent for over half of my life now. It is often very clear to me which writers hang out with youngsters and which do not. As with all authentic characterisation, we need to do our research or get found out. If we want to write young characters, then it pays to find out what young people are actually interested in!! This might seem obvious – and it is! –… Read More »10 Awesome Young Female Characters Recommended By My Kid

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5 Ways To Create A Powerful Premise

What Is A Premise? ‘Premise’ comes from the Latin ‘premissa’, meaning to ‘set before’. It is also known as a central concept, controlling idea or even ‘seed of the story’. Whatever you call it, it is one of the foundations of writing craft for both screenplays and novels. A story is only ever as good as its premise, which is why we must work hard on ours. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t in good premises is really important. Otherwise we could end up with a draft built on a half-baked idea. So if you want to create a… Read More »5 Ways To Create A Powerful Premise

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