In many ways I feel like writing has saved my life. Maybe it has yours too? I don’t mean it swooped in and saved you from a burning building. I mean perhaps it’s helped to give some purpose to your life, or maybe it’s helped you work through some issues you’ve had buried deep inside. Whatever it may be, I think it’s important to look after that side of ourselves. The side that’s able to escape the worries of the world and put the pen to paper. 1) 750 Words This web application has helped me work on my craft,… Read More »4 Tools That Could Save Your Writing Life
I’m a big fan of Tim Clague and Danny Stack AND kids’ movies, so when I saw they’re currently crowdfunding for their kids’ feature Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?, it was a no-brainer: I HAD to have them on B2W to share their delicious brains with you lot!! There’s some BRILLIANT advice here that **anyone** can achieve, so don’t get down in the dumps about getting nowhere, think about how you can MAKE IT HAPPEN, just like Tim and Danny. And then show your appreciation by backing them! Check out their Kickstarter page, or click the pic below. Hi Bang2Writers. Tim… Read More »5 Weird Things We’ve Done To “Kickstart” Our Film Off The Page
So, you think all that stands between you and “making it” is the strength of your writing, the shininess of your craft and a horde of other writers, rabid with the THIRST FOR SUCCESS? Nope, sorry (not sorry). There’s you as well. That’s right … YOU! I’ve seen so many writers divert or even kill their OWN chances in meetings, online, at pitchfests, developing their work … Anywhere you care to mention, in fact. Recognise any of these? 1) “But this happens in real life!” If I had a squid for every time a writers tells me this? I could… Read More »7 Ways YOU’RE Screwing With Your Writing Chances
You’re Stopping You NEWSFLASH – someone is stopping your writing success and it’s not who you think it is … It’s you! True story. When it comes to writing, forget those mythical “gate keepers” who won’t give you a chance … A writer can be his or her OWN worst enemy. Here’s 6 ways I’ve seen – and been! – it: 1) You’re scaring everybody off This is the thing. How you present yourself – especially online, but also networking in real life – is how people will decide whether they CAN work with you. So if you leave this… Read More »6 Ways YOU’RE Stopping Your Own Writing Success
Many thanks to Neil Landau for this post on becoming a TV showrunner, which I know LOTS of Bang2writers would love to be … Neil wrote one of my all-time fave movies DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD: my brother and sisters had this on permanent playback on VHS when we were kids – it was (and still is) the only movie we ever saw featuring five kids in the same family, just like us! So thanks Neil! Also: make sure you check out the bottom of the post for a great giveaway comp for Neil’s book, The TV Showrunner’s… Read More »How To Become A TV Showrunner: 5 Top Tips from Neil Landau
How To Get Productive Do you struggle with being productive? There’s an old saying I took to heart at a very young age, “If you want something doing, ask a busy person”. As a result I’m perpetually busy, but crucially I also get things done as well. I never thought this was weird or unusual, until I became an adult, as others kept remarking on it. A common declaration is that I must be able to somehow “bend or stretch time” to get so much in!! So, here are my tips to get the most out of your time so you can… Read More »10 Tips On Being A Productive Writer
A prochoice-orientated novel & transmedia series, “Lizzie’s Diary”, playing out in real time on Twitter & Facebook COMING IN MARCH 2014!! A 17 yo young woman with a bright academic future discovers she’s pregnant and is faced with ALL of the possible outcomes of her decision: abortion; miscarriage; single parenthood, etc. WHAT IF … you could play out everything that *could* happen next in your life? The bright Lizzie, 17, has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose… Read More »The Decision: “Lizzie’s Diary” — COMING SOON
Killer Errors No one likes to think about spelling and punctuation errors in their writing. It’s the story that’s important. No-one’s gonna care about typos when it’s the content that counts. It’ll get corrected when it’s typeset. Yada yada yada. You can make excuses until you’re blue in the face, but the fact remains that literary professionals (including script readers) like to read well written English and if you’ve got pesky errors you will set off their grammar police sirens. Thing is, though, these mistakes are far easier to check for and to correct than you think. It just takes… Read More »5 Killer Errors That Will Sink Your Reputation … And Ways You Can Fix Them!