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Flow Chart – How To Write A Diverse Character Right

How To Write A Diverse Character It’s a fact that audiences want a greater variety of characters in movies and television that feel both fresh AND authentic. But as writers, we are also told to ‘write what we know’ …  And we can’t KNOW EVERYTHING. Supersadface. This is why so many Bang2writers say they would LOVE to write more diverse stories and characters BUT … … They ‘don’t know where to start’ and … They’re ‘afraid of getting it wrong’ So now what??? Well, start here with the B2W flow chart … And to avoid ‘getting it wrong’, pay close… Read More »Flow Chart – How To Write A Diverse Character Right

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Expand Your Vocabulary: 19 New Words Writers Can Try

Keep Your Vocabulary Up To Date A great writer needs a great vocabulary. But a great vocabulary isn’t about using high fallutin’ words your readers won’t understand. The best vocabulary includes words popular with younger people and used in internet-speak around the world. So, what’s the best way to update your vocabulary? You could invite your friends over to play Scrabble on a Friday night (they will probably decline) … Or you can do something a lot easier! Check out Global English Editing’s new infographic which lists 19 must-know words for 2020. With words like “shook” and “biohacking,” it doesn’t matter… Read More »Expand Your Vocabulary: 19 New Words Writers Can Try

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6 Crucial Storytelling Tips You Will Thank Me For

Every Bang2writer knows storytelling is not easy. But whether you’re writing a novel, screenplay or any other kind of writing (including sales copy, blogs and other content), incorporating storytelling in your writing is a MUST! Ready? Let’s go … 1) Show, don’t tell Yes, this line has become a bit of a cliché throughout the writing industry. However, that doesn’t make it any less true. As we rush to meet deadlines or to push out new content, it’s one of the easiest habits to forget. The concept seems straightforward, but the subtle difference between the two can trip up writers… Read More »6 Crucial Storytelling Tips You Will Thank Me For

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Why Being An Expert At Structure Helps Your Writing

Why You Should Be A Structure Expert NEWSFLASH: you need to become a structure expert. I often say this, but writers resist this. They will say that they ‘can’t’ do it by themselves … That structure wrecks their spontaneity … Or all structure is just a formula … Or they’re pantsers … WHATEVER. Fact is, these writers just don’t want to do the work. Yet the writers who DO the work will … Never get stuck in The Story Swamp  Make powerful connections with their target audiences by design Develop the tools, such as different plotting archetypes Never write repetitively… Read More »Why Being An Expert At Structure Helps Your Writing

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Top 15 Pesky Grammar Rules Writers Can Ignore

Grammar Purists Versus Writers Grammar rules are part of any language. But rules aren’t always helpful, especially in a world that is constantly changing. All the tweeting, hashtagging, and texting has forced the English language to evolve accordingly. What used to be strict grammar no-nos are now acceptable forms of speech. Just spend a couple of minutes on social media … How many rules did you see broken? Loads, I bet! But are these rules really being broken? A lot of traditional grammar rules are considered more awkward than useful. Rules like “that VS which” don’t really make a difference… Read More »Top 15 Pesky Grammar Rules Writers Can Ignore

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How To Write With Emotional Truth

What Is ‘Emotional Truth’? Industry pro or audience member, it seems everyone wants emotional truth in writing. But what is this? We hear a lot about the fabled writer’s voice, or the more vague notion of writers having ‘something to say’. But frequently this just is not enough to guide writers. So I sat down and gave it some thought. In my book, Writing And Selling Drama Screenplays, I defined ’emotional truth’ as: The part of the story that values the honesty and integrity of emotion, via authenticity, passion and pain.  Let’s break this definition down some more. Passion, Pain,… Read More »How To Write With Emotional Truth

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23 Powerful Examples of Character Motivation

What Is Character Motivation? Characters need a motivation for their behaviour in screenplays and novels. But what is character motivation? I like this definition from Reedsy: ‘Character motivation is the reason behind a character’s behaviours and actions in a given scene or throughout a story. Motivations are intrinsic needs: they might be external needs and relate to survival, but they might also be psychological or existential needs, such as love or professional achievement.’ Breaking it down then, good characterisation refers to WHO (the character); WHAT (their behaviour); and WHY (character motivation). Character Motivation In Movies And Novels With the above… Read More »23 Powerful Examples of Character Motivation

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55 Top Tips Bang2writers Already Know … Do You?

Don’t Miss Out Bang2writers this year have swarmed all over this website … With 35K+ hits per month this year,  they’ve absorbed its delicious writing-tip-goodness like the 1950s version of The Blob. Wow! But this means NON-regular Bang2writers might be at a disadvantage. You see, this blog has been going for a looooong time now. So if you’ve not read the most popular articles on this site? You are literally missing out on the knowledge your competition already knows!! But you know B2W will always have you covered. So I’ve rounded up the top 55 articles Bang2writers hit consistently this… Read More »55 Top Tips Bang2writers Already Know … Do You?

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Feeling Blocked? How To Get Through It

Blocked City Welcome to Blocked City. Population: you. And the rest of us writers. This place is very busy!!! You may have heard that ‘there’s no such thing’ as Writer’s Block. I beg to differ.  I hear from Bang2writers all the time about how they feel blocked … And if that is how they feel, then it’s real to them! I have also felt the anxiety and pressure of deadlines, which in turn has made me feel less creative. It can be a vicious circle. This is why I like the infographic below, which puts the whole problem under the… Read More »Feeling Blocked? How To Get Through It

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How To Write A Bestseller, Broken Down

Writing A Bestseller Is writing a bestseller in your plan? Have you fleshed out your characters and mapped your plot, with exciting twists and turns along the way? While some novels seem to randomly catch on like wildfire and others don’t, not all things about bestsellers are random. Many thanks to Global English Editing who have been in touch with this fab infographic. I really like how they’ve broken it down into 11 key steps. Obviously there’s no guarantees in this writing malarkey … But it’s ALWAYS a good idea to immerse yourself in research and work out what has gone before.… Read More »How To Write A Bestseller, Broken Down

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Writing Can Be Therapeutic

Therapeutic Writing If you believe writing can be therapeutic, you’re not alone. As writers we can often be very tough on ourselves. We strive to meet deadlines or send out pitches. We scrutinise every piece of work,wondering if we will ever  get published/produced, or reach our readers and viewers in the ways we wish. But how often do we throw off the shackles of our own or others’ expectations and just write whatever we feel like writing? What if we could write for self-reflection and contemplation rather than writing for others? Would that be too indulgent? Therapeutic writing allows us to explore… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: Why Writing Can Be Therapeutic

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How to Make Money Writing

A Real Job? Writing can often feel like a lonely and frustrating way to make money. You sit at your desk for hours, writing words that may never see the light of day, hoping that soon, your work will mean something to someone. You only realise that you’ve not spoken to another human being for several hours when the phone rings and you answer it sounding remarkably like Marge Simpson. To make matters worse, writing can sometimes feel like the worst paid job in the world too. If you’re lucky, you get the odd copywriting gig or small editing role.… Read More »How to Make Money Writing

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