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INFOGRAPHIC: 25 Proven Strategies To Beat Writer’s Block

I don’t tend to suffer from writer’s block per se, but I do get saturated with expectations (mine and others’) … It means I get overwhelmed by everything I need to do in terms of edits and rewrites and deadlines. Then on top of that I have all my responsibilities and various baggage everyone has and before you know it, my work has ground to a halt. Then it becomes a vicious circle as I get more and more het up, because I feel like I can’t move forward. BLEURGH!! I love this infographic because it addresses the problem of writer’s… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: 25 Proven Strategies To Beat Writer’s Block

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INFOGRAPHIC: 24 Experts On The Foundation Of Success

One of the top Google searches to this blog is ‘writing success’. It’s not difficult to see why … Success can seem so random and unattainable. BUT IT’S NOT. Whilst we won’t be successful in absolutely everything we do – including writing – we can see ensure we are successful. Not by assuming ‘success’ is this mythical place or destination, but by building excellence into our daily lives. Put simply, if we strive to be excellent, we cannot help but BE SUCCESSFUL. I really believe this and have built B2W on this basis. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: 24 Experts On The Foundation Of Success

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5 Visual Representations of Storytelling Structure

Scary Structure Structure freaks so many writers out … It can be enough to strike fear into the heart of ANY spec screenwriter or unpublished novelist. But I actually think getting to grips with this is THE KEY to not only being a ‘good’ writer, but a SUCCESSFUL one! Whilst some structure methods like Blake Snyder’s ‘Save The Cat’ may seem formulaic, it’s important to note structure is NOT a formula. (Also, don’t forget Snyder never meant ‘Save The Cat’ to become the checklist it has, especially in some Hollywood circles). Structure = Beginning – Middle – End Stories are… Read More »5 Visual Representations of Storytelling Structure

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INFOGRAPHIC: 30 Doses Of Inspiration From Fictional Teachers And Mentors

The Mentor or Teacher character role function can be vital, especially when a protagonist undergoes what I call a ‘transformative arc’ (ie. when a character undergoes a change or learning experience). I’ve noted the following from produced and published content: Mentors and teachers play a heavy part in the romance and comedy genres of novel writing; they tend to feature less in modern crime fiction, especially psychological Thrillers (aka ‘Grip Lit’) featuring a lone female protagonist who is ‘alone’ (and usually not a police officer or other authority figure). Mentors and teachers are present in all screenwriting, both TV and… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: 30 Doses Of Inspiration From Fictional Teachers And Mentors

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55 Quotes For Writers To Live By

It can be tough being a creative, so we frequently need to look actively for inspiration to keep us going on the path to getting our work finished and submitted. Quotes are particularly popular on B2W. Whether it’s tricks, tips and reminders we need from published and famous writers; or that talent might be good, but it’s hard work that wins out; or various definitions of success and reframing our mindsets, quotes can remind us we’re not alone and that various others trod this path before us. So, when I saw this great infographic on Quotery, I figured you Bang2writers… Read More »55 Quotes For Writers To Live By

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8 Tips To Become A More Productive Writer

How To Become A More Productive Writer Lots of you out there want to become more productive …  I know this, because one of the top questions I get from Bang2writers is, “How do I find TIME to write?” My answer: you have to MAKE TIME! Yeah, I get it. There’s never enough time – especially if you have a day job, or a family. This is why you need to come up with a strategy, plus writing goals, if you want to progress. This isn’t to say you have to STICK doggedly to those goals – if you find… Read More »8 Tips To Become A More Productive Writer

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7 Ways To Write A Plot Outline

Bang2writers often ask me the “right” way to write a story – whether that’s as a novel or a screenplay (or something else). As far as I’m concerned, **any** way is FINE — just as long as you finish! One thing that I DO advocate however – whatever medium you’re in – is writing an outline. (And yes, I DO follow my own advice … I’m writing an outline for the plot of my next novel RIGHT NOW in fact!). Sure, there ARE those lucky writers who find plotting novels and scripts easy to do, unconsciously and good luck to them… Read More »7 Ways To Write A Plot Outline

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Infographic: Surefire Writing Strategies For Those Who Think They Can’t Write

Many thanks to Stacey Wonder at Essay Tigers for this great infographic and food for thought, today – GREAT way to kick off a rainy Monday! Having a great idea for a novel or a movie is just the first step to creating one. The next and the most important step is writing that novel or movie. Do you fear that your work will turn out to be a total disaster … ie. You sit down to start, but all you end up with is a blank page??? Keywords “fear of writing” appears to have 260 monthly searches. This means you’re… Read More »Infographic: Surefire Writing Strategies For Those Who Think They Can’t Write

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INFOGRAPHIC: How To Write Screenplay Outlines, Beat Sheets And Treatments

As any long term Bang2writer knows, I’m a big fan of planning. But yeah, I get why *you* might not be. Planning can be boring. You don’t want to do it. You want to DIVE INTO your draft. But, look. Even if you ARE one of those uber-lucky people who can plot instinctively, you’re still going to *have* to come up with the goods at some point in the process. Money moguls and agents rarely have time to read entire screenplays (yes, really!), which is where things like “scriptments” and “sizzlers” really come into their own. One of the most popular… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: How To Write Screenplay Outlines, Beat Sheets And Treatments

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How To Be A More Productive Blogger

NEWSFLASH! We all know that part of “making it as a writer” (whatever that means) is STANDING OUT. If people don’t know about you, or what you do, then putting it simply: you’re at a MASSIVE disadvantage. Build It And They Will Come This is where the internet comes in. I’ve literally built my career as a script reader and script editor via this blog, so I know first hand a GOOD platform can not only help, it can bring you the very people you want to work with! “Productivity”, “blogging” and “success as a writer through blogging” are three… Read More »How To Be A More Productive Blogger

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3 Steps To Reader Proof Your Screenplay

Reader-Proof Your Screenplay I always recommend Bang2writers reader-proof their scripts. Whilst there are no rules in this screenwriting malarkey, but there are best practices. It should be noted I am talking principally about writing CRAFT here. (There are also lots of format niggly pet peeves that really wind script readers up, which is why I list them all HERE). But what do I mean when I say writers need to reader-proof their script? More, next. STEP 1) Wanted: Good Stories, Well Told First things first. If we want to beat the gatekeepers, it’s very simple. We have to give the… Read More »3 Steps To Reader Proof Your Screenplay

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How To Beat The Gatekeepers

Read Phil’s previous guest post on B2W, Is Your Screenplay Ready? AKA 12 Qs To Ask Of Your Writing, HERE. Many thanks to Phil Gladwin, head of Screenwriting Goldmine, for getting in touch with this eye-opening graphic on how to beat “the gatekeepers”, such as script readers, not to mention the MANY other people up the chain! Yikes! Over to you, Phil: “I get a lot of questions about the UK TV industry, and how it all works … So, after a few of those arriving all in one day, I sat back, just mostly for my own amusement, to draw… Read More »How To Beat The Gatekeepers

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