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Personality Is Personality: Making Gender "Irrelevant" In Characterisation

Bang2write’s fab intern, the mighty Eleanor Ball has decided to tackle a BIG subject for her first official blog post – and why not? Please direct any questions, comments, etc to her here in the relevant section or over at Bang2writers. Enjoy! My script is about a group of girlies. People keep asking me if that would eliminate the male half of the audience. No, damnit! It’s an interesting challenge, trying to make a sitcom with mainly female characters appeal to all chromosomes, but it’s a shame I took it for granted that it would indeed BE a challenge. It… Read More »Personality Is Personality: Making Gender "Irrelevant" In Characterisation

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#scriptchat Meet the Lovely Eleanor Ball!

As you know, recently I advertised for the first official Bang2write social networking-style intern, so all you lovely Bang2writers won’t go without your scriptwriting, industry & novels bloggage and linky-goodness while I take a few weeks off to have baby number 3. I was stunned by the number of interested parties and would love to thank everyone who got in touch, all of whom were completely 100% delicious in their own right! I know people **always** say “it was a hard decision” but it REALLY WAS, it was agony choosing!!! Without further ado then, I’d like to introduce the marvellous… Read More »#scriptchat Meet the Lovely Eleanor Ball!

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Genre And Craft

I hear a lot from writers who say they *can’t* write a particular genre – or that two different genres are MILLIONS OF MILES APART from each other and are thus “different skills”. They’re not. Writing is the SKILL, genre is just a part of craft. Whilst we all probably agree talent cannot be taught – some have it, some don’t, some develop it themselves over time – craft definitely CAN be taught. For one thing, none of us suddenly wake up one day with a knowledge of all the elements of HOW to write a script. We may have… Read More »Genre And Craft

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London Comedy Writers’ Festival – More Great Speakers Added

As most of you know by now I’m involved in the faberoonie London Screenwriters Festival – and our latest venture involves a Comedy Writers Festival this April, 9-10th, 2011. I CAN’T WAIT for the event and can’t believe who the guys have already pulled in as speakers – squuuueeeeeeeeeeee is the only word available! Check them all out below. AND WE’RE NOT FINISHED YET!!! Plenty more announcements coming soon!!! Watch this space or follow Londonswf on Twitter or follow Londonswf on Facebook. See you there!————————————–GRIFF RHYS JONESGriff came to national attention in the 1980s in the BBC’s comedy sketch shows… Read More »London Comedy Writers’ Festival – More Great Speakers Added

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The London Comedy Writers’ Festival, Apr 9/10th, 2011

So all week on my social network I’ve been going on and on about The London Comedy Writers’ Genre Festival, which takes place at Regents’ College, London the weekend of April 9/10th, 2011. But if you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook (why not??), you may not know about it – so here are all the details. The London Comedy Writers Genre Festival came about directly from the feedback of London Screenwriters Festival delegates and a survey we conducted recently, where we asked YOU what you wanted next from Team LSF. A festival dedicated to the craft and production… Read More »The London Comedy Writers’ Festival, Apr 9/10th, 2011

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Welcome To Rom Com Hell: 8 Awful Ways To Write Romantic Comedy

Rom Com / Real Life Hell Rom Com was always one of those genres I avoided through my teens and early twenties. Being a Goth, I was way too cool for boy-meets-girl, obviously. Besides which, by 18 I was a total cynic … I had after all been the girl who’d met the boy, then got knocked up and ripped off by him! I’d been left with a broken heart, a wailing baby and a man-hating attitude problem for approximately five years.  I was also of the (not unreasonable) belief that post-FOUR WEDDINGS in the late 90’s/early noughties that all… Read More »Welcome To Rom Com Hell: 8 Awful Ways To Write Romantic Comedy

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How To Use Plot Devices – Voiceover, Flashback, Montage, Intercut and Dream Sequence

Plot Devices With A Bad Name … There are lots of plot devices in scriptwriting we hear are “frowned on”. We shouldn’t use voiceover or flashback is the usual (or voiceover WITH flashback!). I’ve also heard montage maligned in a similar fashion, as well as intercut and dream sequence. This is a load of rot as far as I’m concerned. You can use what you like. These accusations we see levied like “flashback is a lazy way of telling a story” is just another generalisation. Flashback can be an amazingly dramatic way to tell a story. … For A REASON!!… Read More »How To Use Plot Devices – Voiceover, Flashback, Montage, Intercut and Dream Sequence

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