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5 Simple Ways You Can Source Great Character Ideas

While plot is important, any script will fall flat without the right characters to propel it forwards. Making the audience like (or hate) and care about the characters is extremely important, so you can’t just create a one-dimensional and bland template that you fit to every character. Rather, you should draw on inspiration to make your characters all as unique and interesting as possible. Try these sources next time you need a new character idea: 1) Your past It’s not a good idea to base a character directly on someone you know, as you might end up being sued for defamation… Read More »5 Simple Ways You Can Source Great Character Ideas

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How To Write An Outstanding Bio Online

It’s no secret writers need a way to stand out on all of their platforms. We only have a few seconds to convince readers to stay engaged, or they will find something else to occupy their minds. One way to do this is create a compelling bio. It’s worth your time to craft an amazing bio, instead of just throwing one together, because your bio can help you gain more fans on so many different platforms! Bios can be found on your website, your twitter profile, your Amazon book pages, your Amazon author page, your Facebook profile and pages, on blog… Read More »How To Write An Outstanding Bio Online

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How To Bypass the Gatekeepers: Screenwriter To Published Author

If you can write a script, you can write a book! If you can write a book, you can publish it and start building your tribe, without asking for anybody’s approval. Making a movie is a million dollar investment, so as a script writer you’re at the mercy of agents, editors and an endless line of gatekeepers. You might be the next James Cameron but while you’re still “in the making” why not use your superpowers to make some extra cash and build your fame? How? Convert your script into a book! More and more movies are based on books… Read More »How To Bypass the Gatekeepers: Screenwriter To Published Author

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How To Build Your Writing Career From Zero

Starting At Zero So you’ve decided to become a writer, but it feels like you’re at zero … You have no idea where to start! It might seem like a difficult to journey to pursue but don’t let the fear of the future scare you out of doing it. Sometimes you just have to cast your net and take a chance! Here are some of the tips I used to build my own writing career from zero … 1) Build your social skills It is known that many writers are introverts and love working by themselves. There is a whole world… Read More »How To Build Your Writing Career From Zero

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10 Quick Tips To Get You Inspired

When writing is your passion but you just don’t have that inspiration coming through, it’s time to look around. There are many things surrounding us every day that could inspire and motivate us. If you are stressed out, it may be difficult to see. Even the best writers sometimes find themselves without an idea to write about. But we live in a world full of information and inspiration. Let’s look at some tips for finding it and getting you inspired!  1) Look at blogs I love blogs because they are personal and intimate. You are able to get into the… Read More »10 Quick Tips To Get You Inspired

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10 Quick Tips For Writing Female Characters

Many thanks to m’learned colleague and fellow Devon Writer, bestselling author and all-round general amazing-lady Jenny Kane today for this great post! Jenny’s been writing female-centric stories now for aeons, so what she doesn’t know about female characters ain’t worth knowing! With this in mind then – and because female characterisation is SO popular on this site – I’ve transformed Jenny’s tips into a handy cheat sheet for you …. Feel free to download and distribute, and/or stick up near your computer or workstation. Good luck with your writing! DOWNLOAD THE CHEAT SHEET PDF HERE To stand any chance of… Read More »10 Quick Tips For Writing Female Characters

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5 Steps To Beat Procrastination and Stay Focused

Many thanks to Michael today for this GREAT set of steps to follow in order to GET STUFF DONE. If your new year’s resolution is to get your screenplay or novel, make sure you bookmark this! Want even MORE productivity tips? Then download my free ebook, NO EXCUSES: THE B2W GUIDE ON GETTING IT DONE by clicking on the link, or on the pic below. If you like it, please rate it on Goodreads. Thanks! You sit down at your computer ready to write, but after thirty minutes or so you lose focus and your mind wanders. How do we… Read More »5 Steps To Beat Procrastination and Stay Focused

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Top 5 Mistakes Comedy Writers Make

‘How to write comedy’ is a VERY popular search term via Google to this site, so when Peter and Jon from The Comedy Crowd offered their expertise in the genre for the Bang2writers, I snapped their hands off! Enjoy!  There is a perception that it’s harder than ever to get into comedy. Established writers have bemoaned the shift of scheduling and budgets away from sitcoms and towards drama, or the oft-maligned ‘comedy-drama’ genre. If you’re aiming for that primetime BBC slot and you aren’t an arena stand-up those established writers are probably right – it is tough to get into comedy.… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Comedy Writers Make

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6 Essential eBooks For Writers – For FREE!

Many thanks to Bang2writer Tace Dorris for taking the time to round up some really useful FREE writing resources for us all. She’s tracked down some excellent info, so make sure you download one of these for a little light reading this weekend. Enjoy and over to you, Tace … So, you finally started writing – great! Then you realise you may not have the knowledge needed to create that fantastic script/ novel or blog piece you know you have in you.  Most of us make do with what’s available online and the advice out there can be quite conflicting.… Read More »6 Essential eBooks For Writers – For FREE!

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Crowdfunding 101: Top 10 Tips

Whether you’re crowdfunding for your movie or short film on Kickstarter; your book on Unbound; a charity on JustGiving – or something else! – you would do well to check out the mahvellous Zee from FNAFilms’ top tips on crowdfunding today. FNA ran a very successful campaign for its debut feature The Stagg Do, so it’s safe to say they know their stuff. Over to you, Zee! Don’t underestimate how much hard work goes into a crowd funding campaign. You can’t set up a campaign and leave it. Build it and they will NOT come, unless they know about it.… Read More »Crowdfunding 101: Top 10 Tips

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5 Quick Tips For Effective Networking

Following on from my Top 5 Social Media Mistakes, today’s tips focus on REAL LIFE networking, both in creating relationships with others (and doing your research), as well as investing in yourself. Enjoy! I hate networking. If there was anything I could change about the film industry, it would be that. But, unfortunately, networking is vital in getting known and recognised. Because I know what it is to be an introvert in an industry of extroverts, here are a couple of tricks for easy networking. 1) Don’t be afraid to talk and ask questions I finally have accepted that I… Read More »5 Quick Tips For Effective Networking

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Top 5 Social Media Mistakes Writers Make

As everyone knows: I love social media, but I also TOTALLYHATEITSOMUCHOMG. Continuing my Top 5 Mistakes Series, here’s where some people online go HIDEOUSLY WRONG … 1) Pitch people or demand help straight away The clue is in the name, people! It’s SOCIAL media, which means you need to build relationships with people BEFORE you ask them for their help, time or money. It’s not rocket science – you wouldn’t just wander into a bar and ask a random person to marry you, would you?? (Or if you did, the chances are they’d say a big fat NO!). It’s the… Read More »Top 5 Social Media Mistakes Writers Make

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