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Women & Writing # 3: Philippa Willitts, Freelance Writer

Brill to have the lovely Philippa on the site today, who is a freelance writer. I know a lot of you out there would love to know how to source and undertake freelance writing work, so think you’ll get a lot from Philippa’s great insights. I think what she has to say about “making it happen” applies very much to writers of other mediums, too. Enjoy! 1) If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be? Opinionated, funny, conscientious. 2) What’s your background? I studied French at the University of Sheffield, which included one year of studying… Read More »Women & Writing # 3: Philippa Willitts, Freelance Writer

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5 Tips For Writing Period Movies

I love being transported by movies, not just entertained, but transported, moved up the ladder to a different reality. I love walking out of the cinema with a story and storyworld still sticking to me, like napalm in the morning. This explains why I’m attracted to period pieces (and “period piece” also includes science fiction films, which are period pieces that look forward rather than backward). A lot of my screenwriting – paid gigs and spec work both – has focused on slips up or down the timeline. So here are a few guideposts that have been helpful to me… Read More »5 Tips For Writing Period Movies

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Blog Hop: My Next Book – Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays (Sept 2013)

Many thanks to Natasha aka Script Smart for tagging me in this Blog Hop, which consists of   ten questions and then tagging other authors/writers. So here’s mine: 1. What is the working title of your next book? I’m currently editing WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS. It’s a non-fiction book about, oh – you can probably guess. At the moment I’m contacting all the industry peeps I can think of to contribute quotes on either writing or selling Thriller screenplays, so readers can have as many great insights as possible from the industry. 2. Where did the idea come from… Read More »Blog Hop: My Next Book – Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays (Sept 2013)

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Bang2write Resources

FYI, there’s now dedicated B2W Resources AND Free Downloads pages at the top of this blog, under the banner! Or click > HERE I get lots of questions about One Page Pitches, such as how “best” to lay them out, what to put in them etc, so have created a new resource at The B2W Required Reading List. Download The One Page Pitch Reference Guide as a PDF here … And as a .doc here. Here’s another 6 Tips on writing a one page pitch for your script or novel. Other B2W resources that may be of interest: The B2W… Read More »Bang2write Resources

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New Articles for the Required Reading Post

Not a member of Twelve Point? Are you nuts! Just £29 a year gives you access to a wealth of articles, info and other writers at the press of a mouse. But don’t take my word for it — take a look at their FREE articles, below. Like what you see? Then sign up, it’s as simple as that!!! I’ll be putting them in the right sections of The Required Reading Post as soon as I get round to it. Enjoy!————————————————-FREE ARTICLE: The digital world 1 : How writers and filmmakers can use it to succeed, by Laura WilsonThis series… Read More »New Articles for the Required Reading Post

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Snake!

Hi. Way too busy here preparing for the shoot of SAFE at the weekend, not to mention reading scripts – can’t even contemplate a *real* blog post! So here is a link to an interesting article about a giant, ancient snake scientists reckon they’ve found. Cool.

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Phew

My number one fave article of all time, Bill Martell’s “16 Steps To Better Scene Description” on The List of Wonder disappeared off the face of the internet this week – not only did I have a heart attack, I got a bunch of emails panicking about it too! Frantic Googling revealed little – just dead links to my list. Noooooooooooooooooo! But here it is. Phew. Thanks to Bill Martell for the link. You really are a prince among screenwriters. Worship him over at his website now, bitches! Oh – and have a lovely weekend.

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Traffic Diversion…

…That’s right, your daily dose of bloggy goodness is today hosted over at Twelve Point. So get yourself over there my pretties and feast your eyes upon an article where I explore writing for television by speaking to the likes of lovely script editor Sarah Stack, marvellous TV producer Daisy Monahan, luscious storyliner Lib Murray and gorgeous TV writers Marc Pye and David Young. Also, two other blokes I’ve never heard of (arf). What are you waiting for? Oh you haven’t joined up? FOR SHAME. Make it your new year’s resolution and DO IT! DO IT NOW! See you there.

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Research or Die # 7: Writing Plays And New Writing Competitions & Initiatives

Another addition to this occasional series because I’m feeling in need of a new challenge and direction for the new year… Enjoy!———————————————————————————– WRITING PLAYS Tips For Writing A Great Play By Troy M. Hughes Playwriting 101: In-depth Tutorial on Writing A Play by Playwright Jon Dorf Resources on Writing Plays – fantastic list of links, including “Why Writing Plays Will Make You A Better Screenwriter” Brief Intro To Greek Theatre Database of Modern American Plays and Playwrights Brief Intro to Roman Theatre Small Online Archive of full-length plays, one act plays, ten minute plays & monologues Help, Am I Writing… Read More »Research or Die # 7: Writing Plays And New Writing Competitions & Initiatives

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NEW BLOG ALERT: Check Out Mediaville

There’s a new blog on the block and it’s all about the industry! Called Mediaville, it’s run by publishing Gods Emap and well worth a look. Yours truly may even be contributing an article or two as well, so add it to your faves today.

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Nothing To See Here

Up to my veritable eyeballs, here: it’s hard to see out of my kitchen window due to the stack of paper in there. Seriously. Even better, the cat’s sitting on top of said paper mountain and making it wobble perilously AND more scripts are arriving later tonight by COURIER, but then I may die of a severe overload of work and a severe lack of sanity before the end of the day. William Hill are offering odds of 3/1. Whatever that means. But if you want something sensible from me, check out Twelve Point where you will see one of… Read More »Nothing To See Here

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Undercover Girl – New Me TV

It would seem internet serials and drama series are the way to go. If you’re interested in this phenomena as a writer or are a teenage girl (or both!), you may well be interested in the latest drama series, Undercover Girl. Taking its lead from such internet classics as Kate Modern and Sophia’s Diary, Undercover Girl has a real difference: it’s a whole lifestyle magazine! Whilst Undercover Girl follows the fates of four very different girls making it in the fashion world, its hosting site New Me TV has articles, contests, problem pages, the works. And oh yeah: one of… Read More »Undercover Girl – New Me TV

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