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5 Reasons Every Writer Should Have A Blog

If you write for a living, you have a career that many others envy. You pick your own hours; you pick your own location; you pick the type of writing you want to do – so long as someone is willing to pay for it, that is! Being a freelancer means constant hustling; you will always have to market yourself to potential new employers, marketplaces, agents, publishers and filmmakers. And one of the best ways to do that is to have a blog, creating a following and platform for your work. Here are five things you will get out of… Read More »5 Reasons Every Writer Should Have A Blog

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10 Ways Being A Freelance Writer Prepares Me For A Screenwriting Career

I love this post from Pinar cos it’s SO TRUE – I started off back in the day as a freelance writer and it has paid DIVIDENDS for my writing career. If you’re feeling the burn from the day job and want to make your writing PAY, then make sure you pay close attention!     So you want to be a successful, well-paid screenwriter. Me too. But it’s damn hard work, and the road to success is filled with rejection, tears and swear words. After all, competition is insane, and studios are buying fewer screenplays than they used to.… Read More »10 Ways Being A Freelance Writer Prepares Me For A Screenwriting Career

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4 Steps To Building A Successful Freelance Writing Career

More and more Bang2writers contact me saying they want to go freelance. I thought with the new year around the corner, NOW is a great time to looking at building a career in this field. So, if you’re wanting a change and to make your own work, read these great insights from Antonio Tooley. Want to earn money from your writing online, this new year? Great news – in this world of the web, freelance writers are in demand! These 4 steps will not only direct you to where you can find the best freelance writing gigs, but they will also… Read More »4 Steps To Building A Successful Freelance Writing Career

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15 Guidelines For Submitting Your Articles To Small Press Magazines

Small press magazines are a great little institution, and still one of the best ways to get your writing work published. They may not have an audience of millions and they may not pay out a great deal for your work, but having small press magazines on your writing CV will mean a lot to publishers, agents and other writers, who understand just how important they are to the grand scheme of things in the writing world. Ignore them at your peril. If you are thinking of approaching small press magazines as a way of getting your work published in… Read More »15 Guidelines For Submitting Your Articles To Small Press Magazines

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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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Can’t Get Read? Yes You Can! 16 Top Tips On Becoming A Writer

Updated  1) No Unsolicited Material? I hear all the time from Bang2writers who say they can’t get read, citing the “no unsolicited material” a lot of prodco and publishing websites carry as the reason. Sometimes these writers will point out some agents will only consider referrals; other times they say independent producers won’t read their work either. These writers cite their lives as the epitome of *that* old Catch 22 “no work without experience; no experience without any work.” The answer? GET YOUR WORK SOLICITED! Le duh. Or, get your project produced without an agent. YES, it can be done! CHECK… Read More »Can’t Get Read? Yes You Can! 16 Top Tips On Becoming A Writer

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OPPORTUNITY: Calling All Laydeez in Media…

… Drunken Werewolf magazine is doing a one-off edition fanzine, featuring “Women in Media” and is looking for contributors. I of course will be contributing to this important edition: women’s representation in film (and thus the spec pile) has long since been a concern to me, but just recently I have been party to some extraordinary developments regarding the (lack of) understanding of female characters other (nameless) readers have exhibited, so I will be writing about that. Do note you don’t have to be a screenwriter to feature in the fanzine. If you’re a novelist, an artist, a journalist, a… Read More »OPPORTUNITY: Calling All Laydeez in Media…

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Competition

Many thanks to the luscious Liz at Moviescope for forwarding this great opportunity for Bang2writers – there are so many “how to” courses about in scriptwriting, so I think this one looks great and features the one-and-only Doug Chamberlin!!! He of course wrote Toy Story 2, the only sequel I’ve seen that I’ve liked just as much (maybe even a little bit more) than the original – not least the fantastic Star Wars homage in the lift shaft between Biuzz Lightyear and the evil emperor Zurg!! So what are you waiting for? Enter now!———————————————–MovieScope Magazine is giving you the chance… Read More »Competition

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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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The Year In Review

An interesting year for me, 08. I started with high hopes: I did a trial for a well-known TV show last November and was told in January I was successful. This is it! I thought – Now the commissions will roll in. Then… Nothing happened. Still, nothing has happened. But apparently something *will* happen eventually, so watch this space. Talking to one chap who’s done much of the TV circuit “off-Beeb” as he calls it (ie. any channel except Aunty), he’s had to wait two years or more before now. Two years! Yikes. Still, done one I guess. What’s a… Read More »The Year In Review

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