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An Epic Rundown of the LSF365 Live Script Edit Pile

LSF365 Live Script Edit 2020 So, it was the B2W LSF365 Live Script Edit last night! I have been doing the Live Script Edit for the festival for years now. I’m never failed to be impressed by the plucky writers who offer up their pages for dissection in this session! Seriously, let’s all be upstanding for them … Round of applause! LSF365 is the first time I did the session virtually. This year, I got 52 submissions. This is not the most I’ve ever received for this session, but it’s definitely up there. This gave me a crazy idea … ‘What… Read More »An Epic Rundown of the LSF365 Live Script Edit Pile

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Malcolm Gladwell: ‘It Takes 10,000 Hours To Become A Writer’

All About Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell has a unique perspective on pretty much everything. His views on the world bring him fans and foes. Gladwell is a British-born Canadian journalist and academic. He is also a podcaster, public speaker and New York Times Bestselling author. But like most successful people, it didn’t just land in his lap, he worked hard for it, as anyone who has read his work would know. Gladwell spent his early career gaining recognition for his work via networking, shameless self-promotion and testing out his ideas on friends and family. But what can Malcolm Gladwell teach… Read More »Malcolm Gladwell: ‘It Takes 10,000 Hours To Become A Writer’

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5 Lessons From 50 Movie Reviews In 50 Days

All About Reviews Movie reviews: you can’t move for them online. So why on earth would I write fifty of the damn things? That’s right! FIFTY! It all started when I lost any motivation to write. I fell into a downward spiral of “I’m not a good writer… I wasn’t meant to write… it’s not for me… I’ll NEVER succeed in this industry”… I guess many of you have gone down that road, too. But how do we get out of those non-supportive thoughts?? We take ACTION. For me, I decided it was time to see how others did what… Read More »5 Lessons From 50 Movie Reviews In 50 Days

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Brit Marling Is Wrong On ‘Strong Female Characters’. Here’s Why

All About Brit Marling I’ll confess I hadn’t heard of Brit Marling before last weekend. Like a good portion of blogging writers, the first I knew of her was her opinion piece in the NY Times, ‘I Don’t Want To Be the Strong Female Lead’. It’s fair to say this article really lit up social media. Since B2W is known for its own commentary on female characterisation, I thought I’d throw my own thoughts out on it. But first, credit where it’s due. Brit Marling is an American actress and screenwriter. She’s starred in films such as Sound of My Voice (2011), Another… Read More »Brit Marling Is Wrong On ‘Strong Female Characters’. Here’s Why

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6 Crucial Storytelling Tips You Will Thank Me For

Every Bang2writer knows storytelling is not easy. But whether you’re writing a novel, screenplay or any other kind of writing (including sales copy, blogs and other content), incorporating storytelling in your writing is a MUST! Ready? Let’s go … 1) Show, don’t tell Yes, this line has become a bit of a cliché throughout the writing industry. However, that doesn’t make it any less true. As we rush to meet deadlines or to push out new content, it’s one of the easiest habits to forget. The concept seems straightforward, but the subtle difference between the two can trip up writers… Read More »6 Crucial Storytelling Tips You Will Thank Me For

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Want Your Script To Get F***ing Read? Do This

F***ing Learn From This Ten years ago, screenwriter Josh Olson wrote ‘I Will Not Read Your F***ing Script’. ​In it, he outlines being asked to read an acquaintance’s boyfriend’s synopsis and ‘be honest’ with him. To say the article lit up the blogosphere back then is an understatement. Seemingly EVERYONE had an opinion on whether Olson was right, wrong or just an asshole. B2W empathised with both sides of the debate at the time. After all, I work with writers and can see why they’d value an opinion like Olson’s. If you can include a pro writer in your beta… Read More »Want Your Script To Get F***ing Read? Do This

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‘Nobody Reads My Blog!’ 7 Top Tips To Fix Yours

I often hear this cry… NOBODY READS MY BLOG! Believe in the famous sentence from Fields of Dreams “Build it and they will come!”? Then you’re in for a BIG SURPRISE (and not a good one). Todays’ marketing is based on social media. This is like a long-term relationship, not a one-night-stand. If you want to get readers and build a community around your blog, there are certain things you need to watch out for. Here’s 7 reasons why nobody reads your Blog: 1) Your Blog is all about YOU Even though you might state you are about your community and helping other… Read More »‘Nobody Reads My Blog!’ 7 Top Tips To Fix Yours

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Top 9 Time Management Secrets To Help You Write More

Time Management Secrets There’s not a writer alive who feels they have all the time in the world to get their next piece written. It’s a constant battle between the need to put in the hours on the one hand, and the fact that you can only be creative for so long on the other. The secret is to really make the most of every single minute of the day and make the smart choices that allow the words to flow effortlessly onto the page. Let’s take a look at a few of the secrets the very best writers use… Read More »Top 9 Time Management Secrets To Help You Write More

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5 Simple Tips To Help You Break In As A Screenwriter

How To ‘Break In’ Every week, screenwriters email me about how to ‘break in’ as a writer. They will ask me what they should do next, or why it’s going wrong for them. Personally, I’ve always advocated creating one’s career, rather than focusing on how to ‘break in’. I feel the latter promotes the idea that the industry is a locked shop and writers are being kept ‘out’. This has never been my experience, because I’ve never believed that. I’ve also followed the 5 tips below. So if you are ready to ‘break in’ (or rather, create your career!), then… Read More »5 Simple Tips To Help You Break In As A Screenwriter

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3 Tech Clichés That Will Kill Your Writing DEAD

High Tech World We live in a high tech world, which means tech inevitably impacts on storytelling. Writers often have to find ways to ‘get rid’ of tech, but this can lead to a plethora of cheesy tropes and writing fails. But what if I told you tech was like anything else in storytelling? You CAN use it whenever you want, however want … You just have to make it authentic and twist it, so it works. Let’s go. 1) Facebook & Twitter In my other life as an author, I write crime fiction in the domestic noir subgenre. For… Read More »3 Tech Clichés That Will Kill Your Writing DEAD

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