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15 Words You Never Knew Came From Literature

Literary words Did you know a lot of the words we use came from literature? That’s right, writers don’t just use words, sometimes they INVENT them too! I’m a big fan of made-up words (though aren’t all words made up??).  I always look forward to hearing about the additions to the English dictionary. Last year ‘hellacious’ made it in, which I absolutely love … 2020 sure was that! Of course, we don’t always know where the words come from … but sometimes authors coin a word that is so fitting, it ends up part of our culutral lexicon. Check out the… Read More »15 Words You Never Knew Came From Literature

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The Mindy Project: 10 Top Tips So You Can Be Just Like Ms. Kaling

All About Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling doesn’t fit the Hollywood mould, and that’s just the way she likes it. Making her name as a writer and actor on the US version of “The Office”, she was hired after the producer read a spec script she had sent him, and by the end of her time on the show she had been promoted to executive producer. Now that’s what we call a promotion! She then landed her own show, The Mindy Project, which she wrote, produced and starred in. She has most recently co-written the script for Legally Blonde 3. She’s… Read More »The Mindy Project: 10 Top Tips So You Can Be Just Like Ms. Kaling

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How To Banish Impostor Syndrome From Your Writing Life For Good

What Is Impostor Syndrome? Impostor Syndrome is defined in the dictionary as … ‘the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills.’ It’s not difficult to see why writers fall foul of impostor syndrome so much. When you are a creative, your efforts are frequently forgotten, underestimated or simply not acknowledged … Even by the people we care about! As a result we can internalise this invalidation and turn it on ourselves. Before we know it, even if we are successful we’re caught in the… Read More »How To Banish Impostor Syndrome From Your Writing Life For Good

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6 Steps To Write Your Own Serialised Story

Why Should You Write a Serialised  Story Serialised stories are very popular in 2021, especially online. Here are reasons to get started with writing your own serialised story today. It engages readers. Serialised stories are designed to engage readers. When they are written with intrigue in mind, they make readers anticipate the new piece willingly. Thus, they stay engaged and they are more likely to share your story with friends or via social media. It allows you to play with the plot in any way you want. You can be quite creative when writing a serialised Within this genre, you… Read More »6 Steps To Write Your Own Serialised Story

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The #1 Diverse Character Mistake Writers Make

#1 Big Problem Most writers want to write characters NOT like themselves, but fear making a mistake doing this. ‘I don’t want to get it wrong’ is a common worry amongst the Bang2writers I talk to. Similarly, we know lots of writers HAVE made big mistakes writing characters in the past right up to the present day. Stereotypes, stigma and cultural appropriation get called out in the digital age, so it’s understandable why writers want to avoid this. But what if I told you there’s often one big problem at the root of diverse characters who ‘get it wrong’? The… Read More »The #1 Diverse Character Mistake Writers Make

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10 Smart Tips For Brilliant Writing

Want To Be A Brilliant Writer? Brilliant writing is about more than just putting your thoughts on paper. It is about creativity, ideas, feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Yes, anyone can write. But how well, this depends on each of you. So, if you are looking for smart tips for brilliant writing, you’ve come to the right place. Here are ten of the smartest of them. And if you find them useful, do not keep this information just for you. Share it with your fellow writers and colleagues because anyone can improve their writing skills. 1) Start Reading Reading is also… Read More »10 Smart Tips For Brilliant Writing

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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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10 Simple Steps For Revising Your Draft

So, You’ve Finished Your Draft! Congratulations, but you still have work to do: revising it!! But where to start?? If you are feeling overwhelmed, then check out these 10 revision pointers for novels or screenplays. They can act as a handy checklist for revising your draft. Good luck … 1) Wait! First up, do NOTHING. That’s right … Just let that novel sit in a drawer or on your computer’s desktop. Do absolutely zilch with it, for a couple of days (minimum) or weeks (preferred) or months (maximum). Let your subconscious bubble away, revising any of your story’s problems as… Read More »10 Simple Steps For Revising Your Draft

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7 Ways To Beat Self-Sabotage As A Writer

What Does Self-Sabotage Look Like? Self-sabotage is the enemy of writers everywhere. Whilst it might seem like the odds are against you getting anywhere in this industry, there’s actually an even bigger obstacle we need to overcome … OURSELVES! Self belief is so important as a writer. If we don’t believe in ourselves, we might as well not bother at all. I’m serious! So here’s what self-sabotage looks like, plus how to avoid it … Ready? Let’s go! 1) Not asking for help Lots of writers scorn stuff like blogging, social media, courses, groups, books or anything they believe is… Read More »7 Ways To Beat Self-Sabotage As A Writer

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10 Quick Tips To Make Your Writing Craft Better

Diane Glazman On Writing Craft Diane Glazman is a writer, developmental editor and expert on writing craft. I met Diane virtually at the Thoughtful Book Festival this summer and was really impressed with her thoughts on writing craft. I obviously had to invite her to share with you Bangers! Diane has written for an eclectic mix of publications, plus her clients include New York Times bestsellers and Amazon top sellers. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Mounted Patrol in the Marin Headlands. Over to Diane and… Read More »10 Quick Tips To Make Your Writing Craft Better

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