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The Habits Of Successful Writers

Do you have any writing habits? Do you drink coffee or tea while writing your next story? Have you ever thought how this habit can influence your writing, or whether it influences your writing at all? Let’s take some famous writers, such as Jack London, Mark Twain, or Jane Austen for example: it’s not difficult to suppose all of them had writing habits and some of those habits were hard to call ordinary! Did you know that Victor Hugo wrote naked …  Or that Honore de Balzac drank 50+ cups of coffee daily and chewed coffee beans to concentrate on… Read More »The Habits Of Successful Writers

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6 Ways Not To Be THAT Writer

We’ve got a real shot in the arm from Dawn today – she learnt the hard way that if you act like Diva, you soon run into trouble, so she’s offering her tips and insights up so we can learn from her mistakes and observations. Thanks Dawn!! 1) Listen to your agent/editor So, you’ve sold your first book. Rejoice! Drink lots of bubbly! Tell everyone you know! Once the hangover wears off, it’s time for a long conversation with your agent (and/or) editor. This is your chance to list the questions you have. What’s expected in the relationship? What does… Read More »6 Ways Not To Be THAT Writer

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How To Elevate Your Writing

So I’m working on my writing style at the moment: what I want to write about; how I express myself; my worldview. I need to dig deep, identify those elements that make me and my writing unique … My “voice”, if you will. It’s really hard This is why so many writers don’t – or won’t – go through this process. ‎It HURTS and remember, we want to avoid pain. So instead those writers will tell themselves voice is about reader response, or even that voice is accidental; that there’s no real way of moving forwards and developing it actively.… Read More »How To Elevate Your Writing

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Great Visual Guide For Screenwriting Comps & Initiatives

Many thanks to Jonathan at WritersAndFilmmakers.com who’s got in touch with this fab infographic on the best screenwriting competitions and initiatives for screenwriters. As you can see very obviously (and as I always go on about!), there ARE times of the year that are quieter than others, whereas there are other times that are VERY busy on the competition calandar … So, it really pays to get organised and get your writing done during the quiet times, so you can ensure your screenplay is ready to submit during the peak times! If you’re wanting submissions tips for your screenplays, check… Read More »Great Visual Guide For Screenwriting Comps & Initiatives

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Give Them What They Want And Get What You Want

This is the thing. Whilst it’s true some people are philanthropic, most people are not going to let you do what you want without you first giving them something THEY want. This applies in all walks of life, from relationships and sex, through to the world of school and work, ESPECIALLY money. Life is a series of negotiations and compromises. That’s how human society works – and probably, a lot of the animal kingdom too. We certainly see this element of bargaining in our cousins in ape society. But we all know this, really. Yet, when it comes to creative… Read More »Give Them What They Want And Get What You Want

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Writers, Make A Choice

I believe anything is possible. Yet some people do not. It’s perhaps one of the hardest and surprising lessons I learned as a young adult. I didn’t understand why these people would resist. If they JUST TRIED to see it my way, they would be so much HAPPIER, surely?? Besides anything, can’t they SEE THE EVIDENCE: I didn’t have auspicious beginnings, yet I say we can – and I have!! MORE: I Am Not A Lucky Person BUT: “It’s different for you” How I hate these four words. Let me cite the ways it was NOT different for me, how… Read More »Writers, Make A Choice

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11 Things To Do NEXT As A Writer

What Next As A Writer?? As with every year, I like to take stock and work out how to get ahead NEXT as a writer. But first –Wow! Where did the past year go?? Feels like I blinked and Zoooooooooom! it was gone. Reeling. As with every year, it’s been a bit of a slog, though some great stuff has happened too … Ultimately for me, after cancer every year feels like a bonus no matter how hard it is, I’m just glad to still be here and in remission. So, here’s my recommendations for deciding on what’s next …… Read More »11 Things To Do NEXT As A Writer

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Rejected? 3 Industry Pros tell you: DON’T GIVE UP!

Never Give Up We all know as writers the worst thing we can do is give up. But sometimes that’s exactly what we feel like doing! Those of you who’ve attended London Screenwriters Festival  and succeeded in getting synopsis and script-read requests from Producers at Pitchfest may be starting to get rejection messages round about now. I know I am. Rejection is unpleasant. Nobody likes it. But know this … … Even those who’ve “made it” experience rejection on a regular basis. I spoke to three industry pros to get their take on this thorny issue: –  star writer/director HOSSEIN AMINI… Read More »Rejected? 3 Industry Pros tell you: DON’T GIVE UP!

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5 Screenwriting Hard Truths (Or The Best Way To F*** Up Your Screenplay)

I’m proud to welcome my collabro JK Amalou back to B2W today to share with his thoughts on what REALLY sells your writing “off the page”, which is a great concept! Like I always say to Bang2writers and screenwriting students, I can read great writing whenever I want so how are you going to differentiate if you want to make a SALE? Even if you want to write samples, you STILL need to differentiate from the rest in the pile!! Read it and weep, spec screenwriters … and take the first step towards harnessing the power of concept by contacting JK today,… Read More »5 Screenwriting Hard Truths (Or The Best Way To F*** Up Your Screenplay)

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5 Ways To Stay Focused On Your Writing Dream

1) Start Calling Yourself A Writer In Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, ‘If when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing, then you’re a writer.’ If you woke up thinking about writing before turning up to do your thing this morning, you are a writer. If you turned up yesterday morning – and countless mornings before – you are a writer. One morning, I woke up thinking I must be a lavatory attendant – but we won’t go into that… If you commit yourself to write most days then you… Read More »5 Ways To Stay Focused On Your Writing Dream

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5 Ways to Keep Writing After NaNoWriMo

I am a huge fan of NaNoWriMo. Hand on heart, I can say that I would not be a professional author without this November scribbling frenzy and I owe the Office of Letters and Light a debt of gratitude. However, writing novels does not begin and end in November. It involves a commitment of several months and years if you’re ever going to write for something other than your desk drawer or your Dropbox. Here are my five tips for keeping writing after NaNoWriMo and travelling further up the road to publication: 1) Rest and Recharge On December 1st, take… Read More »5 Ways to Keep Writing After NaNoWriMo

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Want A FREE Podcast On Writing The Thriller Genre?

We interrupt this Scriptchat Sunday to make you the following offer!!! Read on to find out how to get this free podcast … Want to write a Thriller screenplay? Well the industry want them … especially if they’re low budget, with a kickass central concept. You SHOULD be writing Thrillers! But maybe you JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START and you want some inspiration? Maybe you have no idea what separates Thriller and Horror; or why your Thriller feels like a drama? Maybe you want to avoid typical stories and problems in the thriller spec pile; or maybe you’re unsure… Read More »Want A FREE Podcast On Writing The Thriller Genre?

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