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4 Quick Screenwriting Tips From Novelists

Screenwriting Tips From Novelists A surprising number of famous novelists have also worked as screenwriters. It’s understandable that many writers would choose to express themselves in both ways. After all, the fundamentals are similar. Tell a story. Create engaging characters. Touch people emotionally. Although the formats may be different, screenwriting and novel writing have a lot in common. Personally, I always find it fascinating to learn from creative people who practice more than one form of art. Often, insights from one area can be applied to another. Novelists can offer unique perspectives on screenwriting. Today, I’d like to share four… Read More »4 Quick Screenwriting Tips From Novelists

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Want To Write A Novel? Then Realise These 5 Things First

Novel Ideas Writing a novel is a challenging endeavour, no one can deny that. It takes serious work, patience, and commitment to start and finish. Most of all, it takes courage to get our words out there in the world! Here’s 5 top realisations you need to help you write yours … 1) Starting With The Ending Is A Good Idea  This may surprise you, but many successful authors start from the end! When you start writing a novel,  it’s best to know where it’s going. The ending needs to connect all loose ends into a perfectly logical (although unexpected) wrap-up.… Read More »Want To Write A Novel? Then Realise These 5 Things First

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How To Write A Bestseller, Broken Down

Writing A Bestseller Is writing a bestseller in your plan? Have you fleshed out your characters and mapped your plot, with exciting twists and turns along the way? While some novels seem to randomly catch on like wildfire and others don’t, not all things about bestsellers are random. Many thanks to Global English Editing who have been in touch with this fab infographic. I really like how they’ve broken it down into 11 key steps. Obviously there’s no guarantees in this writing malarkey … But it’s ALWAYS a good idea to immerse yourself in research and work out what has gone before.… Read More »How To Write A Bestseller, Broken Down

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12 Amazing Authors Share Their Rewriting Secrets

All About Rewriting Rewriting – you either love it, or you don’t! Whatever the case, it needs doing … So with Nanowrimo over in a couple of weeks, I decided to ask my author friends for their number 1 rewriting tip! As you can see, there are some similar responses here again, which I always find interesting. Enjoy: 1) ‘Change your mindset’ – Sophie Hannah Don’t try to think ‘How can I make this as short and painless as possible?’ – that will only make it feel longer and more painful. Instead, set aside loads of time and plunge right in,… Read More »12 Amazing Authors Share Their Rewriting Secrets

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12 Amazing Authors Share Their First Draft Top Tips

First Things First First drafts seem to be your favourite part of the process, or THE WORST. For me, I hate every minute of the first draft – I guess it’s the editor in me! But since it’s November, that means Nanowrimo … So I thought I would crack open my email address book and ask some experts their first draft tips. Enjoy! 1) ‘Call Draft 1 a plan’ – Sophie Hannah Call it a really detailed plan, not a first draft – this takes the pressure right off! BIO: Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling author of psychological crime… Read More »12 Amazing Authors Share Their First Draft Top Tips

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6 Ways Writing Flash Fiction Will Help Your Craft

As any Bang2writer knows, I LOVE short stories (aka “flash fiction”, dependant on word count), which is why I threw my hat in the ring over at www.create50.com for its “Twisted” initiative! (Read my short story for Vol 1- THE RETRIBUTION OF ELSIE BUCKLE, here. Plus you can also check out my entry for Vol 2, SUPER NITS). So Gay Degani has some GREAT advice if you’d like to join me over at @Create50 – or indeed enter any other short story contest … Lawks knows there’s PLENTY OF THEM! You can get a free PDF of 25 of my… Read More »6 Ways Writing Flash Fiction Will Help Your Craft

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Writing Adages Explained: ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

“Show, Don’t Tell” gets a bad rap as far as writing advice goes because it’s become a “catch all” for just about anything a feedback-giver feels is “bad” prose or scene description. As a result, this note can end up being frustrating, rather than illuminating. However, at its heart, it IS good stuff. It basically describes the sensation in the reader of feeling “placed away” from the events in the story. This is not dramatic, because the writer is not INVOLVING us *in* the story. Instead, it ends up feeling a bit, “And then … And then … And then… Read More »Writing Adages Explained: ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

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Infographic: 6 Tips For Writing A Great One Pager

Check out this Infographic! I love an infographic … They can be a GREAT way to break down useful “How-To” pointers and content, especially if we’re in a hurry. I’ve been asking the talented @edwinatyrrell to convert some of B2W’s most hit articles into visuals for Bang2writers. Having already converted the How To Write Series Bibles post into an infographic, Edwina has worked her magic again! It’s now the turn of the oft-hit 6 Tips For Writing A One Page Pitch For Your Novel Or Screenplay. In recent years, one pagers have become more and more important. This is because initiatives,… Read More »Infographic: 6 Tips For Writing A Great One Pager

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3 Steps To Writing, Editing & Submitting Your Novel

With 2016 off to a great start, I thought now was a good time to launch my author website at www.lucyvhayauthor.com, plus you can follow me on Twitter at @LucyVHayAuthor. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve decided write my true love, crime novels from now on, so am looking to make my www.lucyvhayauthor.com website all about this fascinating genre. So if you’re a crime writer or novelist? Connect with me – you can become a B2W VIP, by clicking HERE. Bang2write is known best for its screenwriting advice, but being a novelist and author myself, I also love to write and… Read More »3 Steps To Writing, Editing & Submitting Your Novel

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Watch Out For These Five Top Writing Mistakes, courtesy of Grammarly

First impressions count Yet novelist or screenwriter, there ARE common errors writers make when submitting their work to readers, agents, filmmakers, producers and publishers. It’s all very well saying “the story is everything” – and you’d be right! – but at the same time, if your poor writing CRAFT gets in the way of that, HOW is your story going to shine??? The good news is, it’s never been easier to fix the top writing mistakes novelists and screenwriters make. Check out this brilliant infographic from Grammarly which puts the most common errors in the spotlight, having worked with nearly… Read More »Watch Out For These Five Top Writing Mistakes, courtesy of Grammarly

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