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38 Good Reasons Your Script Might Get Rejected

Has Your Script Been Rejected? If your script has been rejected, you may be feeling confused and despondent right now. Often it’s hard to know why your script did not advance … especially when we compare our scripts to friends’ work, or produced stuff. You may remember this infographic from when it was doing the rounds three or four years back. I thought I’d revisit it and see if anything has radically changed in how I view it from B2W’s POV as a script reader and script editor. Since this blog always posits there’s no ‘right’ way to write (just… Read More »38 Good Reasons Your Script Might Get Rejected

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INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need To Know About The Screenplay

So, we have a new infographic on B2W today that will hopefully kickstart your new screenplay and/or keep it going, so you can get it written and revised and sent out. Let’s check it out … What Should You Write About? There’s some great tips here on adaptation. Though most screenwriters aren’t going to have the money for options on adapting bestselling books, they can still collaborate with authors (especially self published ones, though literary agents may pair scriptwriters with authors too – always worth asking! ). Beyond adaptation, it’s always worth doing lots of work on your central concept… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need To Know About The Screenplay

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Top 10 Myths About Instagram For Business

I’ve written a fair amount about social media on this blog, especially Twitter and Facebook. This is because these are the platforms on which writers hang out the most. No-brainer! That said, in the last eighteen months or so, in comparison to many platforms that bring B2W a stable (or even decreasing) amount of traffic, one platform really stands out in terms of its growth: INSTAGRAM! I launched on instagram as @LucyVHayAuthor just over a year ago. Like all my other platforms, I have a strategy for it: on this account, I share my visuals for both this site and my… Read More »Top 10 Myths About Instagram For Business

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21 Top Tips To Get More Creative

One of the most searched-for terms that lead writers to this blog is ‘get more creative’. When writers discuss creativity, we nearly always focus on stuff like writing exercises and prompts – but creativity is a STATE OF MIND. We need to change our thinking to get our writing going and create good work. This is why I love this infographic from the good folks at Custom-Writing.org. It ranges from the obvious to the not-so-obvious, but crucially also offers tips, quotes and snippets on the subjects too – the attention to detail is brilliant! I particularly like numbers 9 and… Read More »21 Top Tips To Get More Creative

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How To Improve Your Grammar (Writers’ Cheat Sheet)

Some languages run on a series of relatively simple, consistent rules. English is NOT one of them! Because of this, pretty much all of us find English grammar tricky at times, dithering over tenses and puzzling over punctuation. However, it’s worth facing down your grammar fear. In an internet-connected world, we all need to know how to write well. And you never know, you might just find that writing better is the key to that promotion or new job you’ve been after. These tips will get you started: 1) Spend some time learning rules by heart The oddities of the English… Read More »How To Improve Your Grammar (Writers’ Cheat Sheet)

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Everything You Need To Know About Character Archetypes

All About Character Archetypes One of the most-searched Google terms leading writers to B2W is ‘stereotypes versus archetypes’. These two terms are mixed up so often … ESPECIALLY in film reviews by clueless critics, grrr. So it’s no wonder writers have trouble keeping track of them as well. Stereotypes relate to ‘the simplification of an idea or person’ (hint: that’s usually bad! Though not unless it’s on purpose … ie. for comedic effect).  However, archetypes are a GREAT place to start with our own characters. After all, we can’t subvert characters and twist them, without knowing what has gone before!… Read More »Everything You Need To Know About Character Archetypes

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Revealed: 3 Surprising Ways To Sell More Books

‘How do I sell more books??’ This question is something that is always on the mind of the author, self-published or traditionally published; fiction or non fiction. Sales is what unites all of us, because – quite simply – without readers, there really is no point in what we do! Eeek! Many thanks to Michael Alvear for this illuminating graphic below!I knew about finding #2 about series, but numbers #1 and #3 were completely new to me. I was surprised that Amazon users pay such attention to ads, which means I’ll be looking into this in more detail for 2018.… Read More »Revealed: 3 Surprising Ways To Sell More Books

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The Ultimate Guide To Writing An Outstanding Query

How To Query A query is a short, to-the-point email that you can send to an agent, producer, filmmaker or publisher. Usually 2-3 lines long only, it will detail who you are, what you have (ie. a logline or short pitch) and a polite enquiry whether that person will read it. I am a HUGE fan of query emails. I must have sent thousands over the years. Many have lead to read requests, meetings and even paid jobs for me. What’s more, even places that say ‘no unsolicited material’ will accept queries … They either ignore and delete them, or… Read More »The Ultimate Guide To Writing An Outstanding Query

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The Most Expensive TV Shows Of All Time

TV writing is a major interest of the Bang2writers, so many thanks to Drew from FrameYourTV for getting in touch with this fab infographic! Knowing about budgets – especially what is possible for what money! – is absolutely paramount for screenwriters. Not because they should write ‘for the market’, but because this will aid their story choices at foundation level. Too often a writer will blithely claim their screenplay or idea is ‘low budget’ when the reality is it’s anything but. So this infographic makes for interesting reading, reminding us that stars are also likely to pick up massive pay… Read More »The Most Expensive TV Shows Of All Time

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10 Useful Infographics To Help You Pick The Right Words

1) TIP: Never Use Boring Words! First up, the obvious … And one that some say is the ONLY rule every writer should follow – ‘Don’t be boring!’ Novelist Bang2writers obviously have the strongest burden in NOT being boring. In comparison to screenplays, every single word of a novel is accessible to a reader. That said, script readers have to read a screenplay first, so it’s still not wise to be repetitive and write ‘flat’ and flabby prose. This infographic from Custom Writing breaks down some common and frankly DULL words, plus what ALL writers can use instead. Remember, just because… Read More »10 Useful Infographics To Help You Pick The Right Words

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11 Habits That Can Transform Your Productivity

Many people are constantly trying to make the most out of their working days. Sometimes, it means working until late and drinking a few additional cups of coffee. This method, although applied by many, is largely ineffective because it includes working harder and longer. Why not work smarter? To increase the efficiency of your work and avoid spending unnecessary additional hours at the office, we need to analyse the latest knowledge provided by the experts. This is exactly what the infographic below by www.assignmenthelper.com.au does. For example, it reviews many important factors that influence productivity and are often ignored by… Read More »11 Habits That Can Transform Your Productivity

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5 Important Lessons Writers Can Learn From Cinema

Whatever you write fiction, an essay or a blog post, you need to be precise and innovative. But what if the muse is mute and you suffer from the writer’s block? Take a bowl of popcorn and watch your favorite old-school movie! Just as writers, filmmakers know their audience. Because of this, some of them create masterpieces you’ll never forget once you see them. This fab infographic from EssayService reveals 5 tricks a writer can learn from cinema. Let’s look at them! 1. Create vivid images Film directors together with their cast and crew work towards creating memorable moments and characters. Travis… Read More »5 Important Lessons Writers Can Learn From Cinema

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