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6 Writing Prompt Tips To Help Get You Started

Writing prompts are words, ideas, phrases, topics, or images. Their main purpose is to give you, the writer, something to focus on to get your brain going in a certain direction. Think of it as a spark to kindling. It may take, or it may not. A good writing prompt should set off a chain reaction in your head. It may go precisely in the direction the prompt sends you, or your thoughts may wander off at a tangent. It doesn’t matter a whole lot as long as you get somewhere with it! Spanish philosopher Maimonides once said, “Give a… Read More »6 Writing Prompt Tips To Help Get You Started

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6 Writing Tips If You Have A Day Job

One of the questions I’m asked ALOT by Bang2writers is how to balance writing with a day job, so when Kenneth got in touch asking to write about his top tips on this subject, I jumped at the chance! Here’s Kenneth’s thoughts on the matter and look at my links at the end of each section for more. Good luck! Whether you just love to write for the fun of it, or you want to use it as an additional source of income that will boost your budget, finding the time to actually do so if you are working a… Read More »6 Writing Tips If You Have A Day Job

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The Novelist’s Toolbox

Looking for The Screenwriter’s Toolbox? FIND IT HERE November is officially the month of NaNoWrimo, also known as National Novel Writing Month! It’s an exciting challenge where you aim to write a 50, 000 word novel by November 30th. In honour of this special month, we’ve decided to compile The Novelist’s Toolbox – 20 links full of helpful tips and hints to help you on your way to literary greatness! For those of you that would like to join the NaNoWrimo Challenge – it’s NOT too late!! Head over to the site, RIGHT NOW and good luck! 1) Getting Ready… Read More »The Novelist’s Toolbox

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Top 10 Tips For Finding Writing Inspiration

Even in this age of social media, link sharing and shout outs, Google and other search engines are STILL the biggest bringer of Bang2writers to this blog! “Writing inspiration” and “writing success” are key searchwords that generate traffic to B2W, so I love  Stephanie’s fab, informative and frank post on finding one’s way out of the writing doldrums. Enjoy! Writers never expect to face lack of inspiration. Unfortunately, the reality is harsh. No matter how enthusiastic you are about the new project, you’ll inevitably come to a point where you struggle. That’s just the way it is! Every writer needs… Read More »Top 10 Tips For Finding Writing Inspiration

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7 Ways To Find More Time To Write

No writer leads a charmed life, especially when it comes to time. There’s NEVER enough time in the day! We all have commitments: day jobs, families, lifestuff. So I’m a big believer in MAKING time to write – but lots of writers wonder HOW we can do this … So here’s Diane’s words of wisdom on the matter. Enjoy! There isn’t just one way of doing anything, including being a writer. Life is a custom experience, and our writing habits are too. What are your writing habits? Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to write more than… Read More »7 Ways To Find More Time To Write

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Course Success! All About My Script Reading Class

Script reading course success ‘Lucy is a total rock star, down to earth, fun but highly knowledgeable.’ Philip Lawrence, Writer Delighted to say my recent workshop for LondonSWF, BREAKING INTO SCRIPT READING was a huuuuge success! Unbelievably, 100+ delegates turned up and I had a blast teaching the course. Everyone was so switched on, asking brilliant questions and taking to the exercises with such enthusiasm, sharing their insights and POVs with the class. More new script readers already ‘Potential Script Readers can’t afford to not attend this course. Lucy gives a great but realistic view of the script reading/editing world… Read More »Course Success! All About My Script Reading Class

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How to Deal With Writers’ Block: Top 6 DON’Ts

Creative block – we’ve all been there. It can be a total nightmare for a professional writer who relies on their creativity for their bread and butter. The big question is how do we recognise if it’s really creative block and how do we overcome it, so that we can get our creative ideas flowing freely again? 1) DON’T think there’s only one right answer Do you ever stop to consider that there might be more than just one right answer? This is one of the biggest flaws in our rigid education system, they suppress our creative thinking by making… Read More »How to Deal With Writers’ Block: Top 6 DON’Ts

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5 Top Tips For Making The Leap From Short Stories To Novels

So, you’ve had an idea? You woke up in the middle of the night with a title that just screams to be the name of the next bestselling novel, or a plot line that is leaping around your head with such fervour that it just has to hit the bookshelves. You’ve already written short stories, but a novel- that’s a hell of a lot of words! 1) Think of short story writing as your novel writing apprenticeship Short stories are a brilliant way for any writer to learn their craft. By learning to write to a word limit you can… Read More »5 Top Tips For Making The Leap From Short Stories To Novels

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4 Lessons On Writing A Killer Logline

You have just completed writing the world’s greatest screenplay. Congrats! Now it’s time to show it to the world and prepare to cash that million dollar check that assuredly is coming your way. Hold on tiger. Before any production company, or producer, is going to read your unsolicited script, you are going to have to entice them with a little literary foreplay. We call this a logline. A logline is defined as one sentence that provides enough information about the protagonist, antagonist, setting, genre, and story that the reader can fully grasp what the film will be. The logline must… Read More »4 Lessons On Writing A Killer Logline

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What Script Editors Do AKA 5 Tips To Edit Your Own Screenplay

So, I’m in/famous for insisting there’s too much dialogue in *most* spec screenplays AND that scene description AND format can be a major issue in a huge proportion of them, too — yet many of my Bang2writers confess they’re not really sure what to do about the first two issues in making their screenplays’ stories “flow” better for the reader. So major kudos to plucky Bang2writer Kym Wimbus who has very kindly stepped in and provided me with a scene from his Thriller screenplay, MAINTAIN THE RAGE which I will duly script edit for you*, right on this blog, so writers can… Read More »What Script Editors Do AKA 5 Tips To Edit Your Own Screenplay

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5 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Character

Many thanks to novelist Mya Kay, who provides us with our second Bang On post on the theme of “Love”. Mya offers up some GREAT writing exercises for those of us who need to get to know our characters better and I ESPECIALLY like number 5, which I’d never heard of before. Thanks Mya! Enjoy, Bang2writers and make sure you check out Mya’s links at the end of this post … Often, writers find themselves caught between a love/hate relationship with their characters. A month later, they’re abandoning their story, without even realizing that it’s not their characters that may… Read More »5 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Character

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5 Steps To Writing A Novel: A Beginner’s Guide

Some great steps from Cressida today for those of you considering writing a novel for the first time. Thanks Cressida and good luck everybody who takes on the challenge! NOVEL FACTS The word “novel” is derived from Italian word “novella” which means “new”. The history of novel writing can be traced back to the medieval period, when novella was a more popular form of fiction writing. Novel has been a popular genre of fiction writing since its inception. This style of writing has been adopted by the likes of H.G Wells and Isaac Asimov. Check out The B2W Novel Writing Pinterest… Read More »5 Steps To Writing A Novel: A Beginner’s Guide

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