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Top 10 Legal Questions For Writers

Legal Eagles I’ve had loads of legal questions lately from the Bang2writers, so I thought it would be a good idea to round them all up here for everyone. So if you have a burning legal question, check out the below! Before I begin though, a quick disclaimer … DO remember B2W is not a lawyer or legal expert!! The below is based only my own experiences and the various deals and situations I’ve seen going round the writing block. If you require legal advice, then speak to a real expert ASAP. Let’s go … 1) What is an option… Read More »Top 10 Legal Questions For Writers

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4 Things I Learned from SOLO! Screenwriter Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall is not only a member of the Bang2write community, but also a seasoned screenwriter with credits such as BBC’s Doctors, as well as award-winning short films In The Mood and Mr Thornton’s Change of Heart. Jonathan’s recent feature SOLO! is an inspiring story for all filmmakers – it’s the ultimate example of making it happen on your own. SOLO!  is a musical, romantic comedy and was shot over in Valencia, Spain and recently selected for the Marbella Film Festival.  If you’re struggling to imagine your ideas off the page, then Jonathan’s interview and tips are not to be missed!… Read More »4 Things I Learned from SOLO! Screenwriter Jonathan Hall

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The Important Advice Screenwriters NEED To Hear

Hear Ye, Hear Ye Look, I know you don’t want to hear this, but here’s a big fat truth bomb for you this morning: You’re wasting your time.  Some of you will be outraged to hear this; others will say, ‘I KNEW it!!’ Most of you will shrug and quote William Goldman, ‘Nobody knows anything.’  But trust me: I’m right. Just  probably not the way you think I mean. Let me explain. Build it & they will come? Imagine a person making something … Let’s say a house. S/he is a master (or mistress!) in their field. They’ve worked on… Read More »The Important Advice Screenwriters NEED To Hear

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15 Questions To Help You Network Like A Professional

With the new year on the horizon, it’s not surprising that that writers are dropping by B2W looking for networking tips … Going to events such as London Screenwriters’ Festival and London Book Fair  is bound to be on alot of your new year resolutions lists! But preparation is good practice when it comes to networking, so thinking ahead about how you’re going to ‘work the room’ in advance can really play dividends. This is why I love these questions from Nicole that can really help break the ice. Over to you, Nicole … Networking is the cornerstone of any… Read More »15 Questions To Help You Network Like A Professional

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The Ultimate Guide To Writing An Outstanding Query

My Number 1 Top Submission Tip? Bang2writers ask me all the time for my top submission tips … but the thing is, submissions ain’t rocket science! As long as you check and follow the submissions guidelines, you should be fine. (‘Well, DUH!’ you might say, but really, believe me when I say writers are STILL shooting themselves in the foot on this one!). But following the submissions guidelines is even EASIER in the digital age, since most agents, publishers, producers and filmmakers will have these guideline listed on their websites. Get Googling! Alternatively, check out the submission tip links below.… Read More »The Ultimate Guide To Writing An Outstanding Query

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Top 5 Screenwriting Contest Mistakes Writers Make

One of the remits of B2W is demystifying script reading, especially screenwriting contests, so I’m DELIGHTED to have Phil Gladwin of UK contest Screenwriting Goldmine back on the site. The contest is currently open for entries, so make sure you utilise Phil’s great insider info here before submitting your script. Don’t miss the extra links at the bottom, either. Good luck! 1) Miss the early bird entries A lot of contests, including Screenwriting Goldmine, reward early entries with a discount on entry fees. They do this because it helps them stagger the reading . If you miss out on these windows… Read More »Top 5 Screenwriting Contest Mistakes Writers Make

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12 Insider Tips If You Want A Writing Career

So, I’ve got Nelson Nutmeg‘s Jan Caston on B2W today … As well as being a producer, Jan’s also a screenwriter and a novelist, so be sure to listen to her GREAT advice! Enjoy … Are You Ready To Commit and Submit? WELL DONE! You’re trained, getting a name, have your script, and you’re ready to hustle for a sale that will earn you money. Stop right there! Your script may have been written with your heart, but it will always be sold by your head. Curb your excitement – you still need to eat – so don’t rush to… Read More »12 Insider Tips If You Want A Writing Career

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An Epic Rant On Why You NEED Writing Craft

Rules, Schmules Writing craft gets a bad rap. After all, it’s  just ‘rules’ right?? And rules are made to be broken! NO. A million times, multiplied by infinity crossed with eternity into Dante’s 7 circles of Hell — NO!! Writing craft is NOT about rules. Hell, writing craft is not even about guidelines. These things are non-negotiables and frankly, THE VERY LEAST YOU CAN DO. But do YOU know which parts of craft you’re missing, under-utilising or plain misunderstanding in terms of your writing craft? Do you know what to do about it? Do you understand how thee craft elements… Read More »An Epic Rant On Why You NEED Writing Craft

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It’s Time To Quit Stalling And Make That Jump

So, I’ve posited before that of ALL the people who might get in the way of their progress? It’s actual writers themselves. Many writers may go so far to express disbelief at this. It’s not hard to understand why. When they’re just beginning on their writing career path, they’ll say things to me like: ‘I can’t wait until I ‘make it’!’ ‘When I get my first opportunity, I’m going to grab it with BOTH HANDS!’ ‘I’m gonna do this, whatever it takes!’ I don’t mean these guys don’t mean the above. I believe absolutely they do. But they still get… Read More »It’s Time To Quit Stalling And Make That Jump

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Top 10 Things to Avoid as A New Writer

Are you wondering why your work isn’t getting the reaction you think it deserves? Then you may be making some simple but harmful errors as a new writer. New writers often make mistakes, and while some enable you to learn and grow, others will make your writing bad, or make you seem unprofessional. Here are some things that you should avoid when writing: 1) Complicated Language Many new writers think that in order to come across as professional, they need to use as many complex words as possible. This is far from the truth, in fact, you should use simple… Read More »Top 10 Things to Avoid as A New Writer

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