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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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5 Top Tips For Making The Leap From Short Stories To Novels

So, you’ve had an idea? You woke up in the middle of the night with a title that just screams to be the name of the next bestselling novel, or a plot line that is leaping around your head with such fervour that it just has to hit the bookshelves. You’ve already written short stories, but a novel- that’s a hell of a lot of words! 1) Think of short story writing as your novel writing apprenticeship Short stories are a brilliant way for any writer to learn their craft. By learning to write to a word limit you can… Read More »5 Top Tips For Making The Leap From Short Stories To Novels

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5 Reasons Why We Write Realistic Fiction For Young Adults

With NaNoWrimo ploughing on, I thought many of you might be flagging right now, so I’m upping the ante with MORE great posts on novel writing from some brilliant guests and Bang2writers. Today we have Applecore Books with us, telling us why they write YA fiction. This served as a powerful reminder for me too for my Decision Books, but even if realistic YA is not *your* niche, Kate and Wendy offer some GREAT insights in this post – I love the idea of becoming a micropublisher, strength in numbers! Enjoy and check out the links in the post, too.… Read More »5 Reasons Why We Write Realistic Fiction For Young Adults

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Top 5 Tips For The Long Distance Screenwriter

As a Devon dweller, I can SO relate to Liam’s points here – but as I always say, you DON’T have to live in London to make a screenwriting career in the UK, so here’s his top 5 tips for the long distance screenwriter! Enjoy … I live in a part of rural Ireland where life is less like The Quiet Man and more like Deliverance. Here, writing isn’t a particularly celebrated profession; tell locals you’re a writer and you’re apt to get cock-eyed looks before they resume advising you about how to slope your slurry floor. Writers breaking in… Read More »Top 5 Tips For The Long Distance Screenwriter

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7 Things You Must Stop Doing If You Want To Be A Professional Writer

Want to be a professional writer? One of the most-hit searches leading to this blog is ‘how to become a professional writer’. So good news – you’re here! I can definitely help advise you on this. But this is the thing. You’re doing all the classes … You’re reading all the sites and trades … You can even pitch and network like a pro … but there’s one problem. You’re not thinking like a professional writer. That’s the bad news. The good news: you can start, TODAY!! Here’s what you’ve got to stop doing, NOW … 1) Stop sweating the… Read More »7 Things You Must Stop Doing If You Want To Be A Professional Writer

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The Transmedia Starter Kit

Lots of Bang2writers are interested in Transmedia, but have no clue where to start – so here’s Luke with a short but sweet “step by step” guide to getting started. Thanks Luke! So, no excuses people … what are you waiting for?! There’s so much information out there on the internet, it’s hard to know what’s relevant and what isn’t. Particularly with Transmedia. It’s such a broad term that it invites chaos when trying to find out how to start in Transmedia yourself. So I wanted to create a small list of resources – inspiration, tools, books, blogs, etc, to… Read More »The Transmedia Starter Kit

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I’ve Written A Book, Now What? (Indie Versus Traditional Publishing)

Updated Following the runaway success of the rebooted “I’ve Written A Screenplay, Now What?” page, lots of Bang2writers requested a similar one for book writing and publishing. So without further ado, here’s Luke with a short and sweet rundown of the basics. There’s plenty of great linkage too. Enjoy everyone! So, you’ve written a book Congrats! Go out and celebrate. Pat yourself on the back. Pat yourself all over. Eat a cake. Eat two. Writing a book is hard, so you should celebrate it. However, writing is only the first step in publishing a book, because that’s the ultimate goal… Read More »I’ve Written A Book, Now What? (Indie Versus Traditional Publishing)

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