PLEASE NOTE: The contest is now closed To celebrate the launch of BritCrime’s first free online crime fiction festival, 11-13 July, I have teamed up with @BritCrime authors to give away one fabulous prize. You could win a gift bundle of ten print books, including new releases by Colette McBeth and Sarah Hilary, and MJ McGrath’s Gold Dagger longlisted White Heat. This giveaway is open internationally. One lucky winner will win all ten books. Please complete the entries in the Rafflecopter before midnight 10th July for a chance to win. Click HERE or the big shiny red button at the… Read More »Win 10 Great British Crime Fiction Novels!
Are you a writer who wants to get your work out there? Many writers are now taking matters into their own hands when it comes to getting their work produced, especially in short film. It can be tricky to navigate from being a writer to organising a team of cast and crew for a small shoot. But it’s possible! And guess what? There’s no ‘set way’ in which to do it. That’s right – there is no ‘pathway’ to producing. And after you’ve done your first production you’ll do things differently the next time. Here are our Top 5 shortcuts that… Read More »Top 5 Ways To Getting Your Short Film Produced
Many thanks to Grammarly, who have been in touch with this fab infographic, The Anatomy Of A Grammar Nerd. I love it and if anyone says “irregardless” around me?? I WILL PRESS THE RED BUTTON AND KILL US ALL. See below for more! Good grammar, spelling and punctuation can be a constant challenge to writers and readers alike, so it’s really important to ensure you can get a handle on this small, but significant element of writing. Check out these previous articles on B2W here for more: 10 Common Errors In Your Writing You Need To Fix Right Now 5 Killer Grammar… Read More »Are YOU A Grammar Nerd? Find Out …
Personality first, gender second? The Bang2writers are writing more and more female characters now, but it’s not just as simple as that. We can ALL fall into “the usual” representations, or screw up and write trite, incorrect or two dimensional stereotypes. It’s also important to note any one of us can do this regardless of our experience with writing, or even if we *are* women ourselves! As I often say, I have seen NO correlation between gender of writer and how bad OR well they write female characters, yet I’ve literally read thousands of screenplays over the last decade and… Read More »33 Experts Share What They Want Next From Female Characters
Social Media offers up BRILLIANT opportunities to writers and filmmakers in getting themselves and their work known, but unfortunately there are still some out there dropping serious clangers and isolating their potential target audiences. Here’s a short but sweet post from Kateline, detailing the killer social media marketing errors she made when she launched her campaign, plus plenty of linkage to more articles on this subject. Thanks Kateline! Enjoy everybody and best of luck getting your work and message out there! I’m a huge fan of social media marketing: it really IS a great, free way of advertising and getting… Read More »5 Killer Social Media Marketing Errors
How To Get Work As A Script Reader So, you want to get work as a script reader. Many thanks to Insaaf, who left this question in the comments on the B2W resources page … I am attempting to get my first freelance gig as a script reader. I have a BA in English Literature, but no previous experience or formal qualifications for screenwriting. What would a potential employer look for, in my pitch to be a script reader for them, that would be more likely to result in a positive response? First: the good news The good news is, you… Read More »How Do I Get Work As A Script Reader?
We interrupt this Scriptchat Sunday to make you the following offer!!! Read on to find out how to get this free podcast … Want to write a Thriller screenplay? Well the industry want them … especially if they’re low budget, with a kickass central concept. You SHOULD be writing Thrillers! But maybe you JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START and you want some inspiration? Maybe you have no idea what separates Thriller and Horror; or why your Thriller feels like a drama? Maybe you want to avoid typical stories and problems in the thriller spec pile; or maybe you’re unsure… Read More »Want A FREE Podcast On Writing The Thriller Genre?
It’s too late for research, you’re already writing??? NOT ON YOUR NELLY, writers – there’s always time for research, as fab author Alison Bond demonstrates … it can only HELP your writing! I must say, I’m a big fan of numbers 1 and 5!! Over to you Alison … Write what you know, they say. And if you don’t know, be prepared to learn all about it. Elizabeth Gilbert said that in order to write The Signature of All Things: “…for three straight years I sat in a chair, reading books about botany, evolution, abolition, women’s history, missionaries, Dutch 18th century commerce,… Read More »5 Inspirational Ways to Research (Even When You’re Already Writing!)
Look, a social media presence these days is non-negotiable for a writer. There’s no getting away from that. When agents, producers, filmmakers and potential collaborators may Google you to check you out – and they will – then you HAVE to ensure you have a good shop window. BUT I also get that some people would rather stick pins in their eyes than go online and engage with strangers, even if they *are* fellow writers. Plus if you have limited time to write – and god knows we ALL do – then it can seem like dangerous procrastination. Or maybe… Read More »4 Indispensable Social Media Platforms For Writers
As a Devon dweller, I can SO relate to Liam’s points here – but as I always say, you DON’T have to live in London to make a screenwriting career in the UK, so here’s his top 5 tips for the long distance screenwriter! Enjoy … I live in a part of rural Ireland where life is less like The Quiet Man and more like Deliverance. Here, writing isn’t a particularly celebrated profession; tell locals you’re a writer and you’re apt to get cock-eyed looks before they resume advising you about how to slope your slurry floor. Writers breaking in… Read More »Top 5 Tips For The Long Distance Screenwriter
Alas, the one of Kondor depart today – Luke has written some GREAT copy for B2W on transmedia, marketing and indie storytelling and really shown us all what’s-what in the opportunities at our fingertips this summer, catch up on all his articles HERE. Please wish him the very best of luck in his new endeavours, Bang2writers! Best of luck Luke in your fab new job in London! Click the pic to follow Luke on Twitter, beyond the realms of B2W! I’m done. I’m out. I’m finished. I’ve been here for a short while, but boy I learned a lot. When… Read More »4 Things I Learned As B2W Intern by Luke Kondor
Lots of Bang2writers are interested in Transmedia, but have no clue where to start – so here’s Luke with a short but sweet “step by step” guide to getting started. Thanks Luke! So, no excuses people … what are you waiting for?! There’s so much information out there on the internet, it’s hard to know what’s relevant and what isn’t. Particularly with Transmedia. It’s such a broad term that it invites chaos when trying to find out how to start in Transmedia yourself. So I wanted to create a small list of resources – inspiration, tools, books, blogs, etc, to… Read More »The Transmedia Starter Kit