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Submissions Insanity: Demystifying The Spec Pile

One weapon in writers’ armoury is KNOWING how best to approach agents, publishers and filmmakers – but also, how others before them have screwed up! This is why I attempt to demystify the spec pile wherever possible. On this basis, I’m a Script Magazine columnist. My monthly advice page is called – you guessed it – Submissions Insanity! Check out some of the articles posted already: The Basics Of Online Submissions Familiar Ideas To Avoid  How To Win Or Place Highly In Screenwriting Contests And keep an eye on my Scriptmag Author Page, here for more articles, updated every month. Also, check out my tweets… Read More »Submissions Insanity: Demystifying The Spec Pile

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5 Ways To Stop Being A Tortured Artiste

Tortured Artistes, Inc The tortured artist. The alcoholic painter. The melancholic writer. The bipolar entertainer. The self-destructive singer. The dancer with the eating disorder. The raging actor. All stereotypes, but there are examples in the media all the time. Do you have to be ‘unhinged’ to be creative? Is the world is telling us that if you choose the path of the artist, you’re different? That you have to be mad, drunk, self-loathing, reckless or high? “You are not a beautiful and individual Snowflake” Fight Club Sorry to disappoint you, but these problems aren’t part of being creative any more than they are… Read More »5 Ways To Stop Being A Tortured Artiste

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5 Things Agents Do by BFLA’s Julian Friedmann

What Agents Do One question Bang2writers ask me a lot is, “What do agents DO?” I asked uber-agent Julian Friedmann for the lowdown on this job – enjoy! 1) Editorial work You all know that we read! We select scripts and writers we believe we can work with and sell. Since no script is ever finished, editorial work is a major part of what we do. 2)  Networking We also eat and drink a lot! We need to know what producers really want (which is not the same as what they say that they want). So we sacrifice our livers… Read More »5 Things Agents Do by BFLA’s Julian Friedmann

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3 Reasons To Write A Low Budget Marketable Screenplay

Many thanks to Simon Meacock, who asks: “Is it best to concentrate on writing a KICK ASS screenplay and use it as a calling card for other work as well as it having a (slim) chance of getting optioned? And should the screenplay be a very marketable low budget feature or should I go for broke and just write a screenplay from the heart with no regard of budgets?” First up, two things: Naturally, you should always aim for KICK ASS when writing *anything* – the writing world has enough vanilla spec screenplays. The only way forward is by writing… Read More »3 Reasons To Write A Low Budget Marketable Screenplay

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Can I Pitch My Unfinished Projects?

  Unfinished Projects Many thanks to Bang2writer Jon Ryan, who asks this question on the FB page: “I often speak to journalists about a story I’m working on and if they’re interested, they say to ‘check in’ later when it’s closer to being ready for them to cover. Is it ever worth doing that with a producer? I’m thinking of at LondonSWF if you don’t have a final draft. Or do they get so many pitches that it would be wasting their time? You often say concept is king – if that is rock solid, can it hurt to pitch… Read More »Can I Pitch My Unfinished Projects?

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12 Top Tips For Taking Writing Meetings

All About Meetings I’m delighted to say the hardcore contingent of the Bang2writers are taking meetings more and more often now. These writers getting meetings are most often those with … A specific writing strategy (more on these, HERE) Know ‘where’ they are in creating their own careers Stick to their writing goals, but also review and re-evaluate them too However, this also means these writers are asking me more and more often what is the “right” way to take meetings! With this in mind, I thought it was time for a post on the subject. First things first, it… Read More »12 Top Tips For Taking Writing Meetings

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10 Ways To Scupper That Micro Budget Film

After David Bishop’s 5 Reasons Writing  Commissions go awry, not to mention last weekend’s Guerilla Filmmaker Masterclass, it seems only right to put no-budget filmmaking under the spotlight! I LOVE Matt’s tongue in cheek list of how to screw up your micro budget film and can even speak from experience on several of these, myself. Enjoy! Everyone hates a do-gooder. The worst offenders are the ones who made it without connections or posh film school stuff. The people who got off their proverbial and literal backsides and just made a film. Ben Wheatley, Nick Whitfield, Steven Sheil … I hate… Read More »10 Ways To Scupper That Micro Budget Film

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The 7 Deadly Writing Sins

Many thanks to the marvellous Gill Kirk who suggested “The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing” as a blog topic! (If you have an idea for a topic or a writing question, then tweet me or leave a message in the B2W Facebook group.) 7) Lust No, I’m not talking about sleeping your way to the top … though whatever floats your boat! Under its old meaning, “lust” referred to the notion of DESIRE – and desire to succeed can cloud writers’ judgement in all kinds of surprising (and potentially career-kicking) ways. Obviously a healthy desire to succeed is good. But then… Read More »The 7 Deadly Writing Sins

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7 Submission Don’ts! From The Person Who Has To Read Your Script

Avoid These Submission Don’ts A brilliant list of Submission Don’ts from Sophie Wing today! I especially love her “don’t over-package” tip, which I will back up with another submissions horror story of my own … One of my first interning jobs, I opened a script held together with butterfly pins. One of the little feckers sliced right through my palm and I have a SCAR THERE TO THIS DAY. Even *better*??? Because it was a paper submission (wow, I feel so old), the writer wrote back to the literary agent and complained there was blood on his rejected script!!! Yargh.  Over… Read More »7 Submission Don’ts! From The Person Who Has To Read Your Script

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Submission Horror Stories: 29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent

Submission Horror Stories ‘How NOT to submit to agents’ is one of the top searches leading to this blog! It should be noted there’s no ‘right’ way to submit writing, but there *are* multiple wrong ways, so check this post out. There are some real submission horror stories here … Many thanks to Carole Blake from the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency for providing a VERY comprehensive list on how NOT to submit to an agent. This is a fab list and  I have actually had a number 27 myself!! Maybe it was the same lady??? Eeek. This post is in… Read More »Submission Horror Stories: 29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent

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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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