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6 Writing Tips If You Have A Day Job

One of the questions I’m asked ALOT by Bang2writers is how to balance writing with a day job, so when Kenneth got in touch asking to write about his top tips on this subject, I jumped at the chance! Here’s Kenneth’s thoughts on the matter and look at my links at the end of each section for more. Good luck! Whether you just love to write for the fun of it, or you want to use it as an additional source of income that will boost your budget, finding the time to actually do so if you are working a… Read More »6 Writing Tips If You Have A Day Job

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The Novelist’s Toolbox

Looking for The Screenwriter’s Toolbox? FIND IT HERE November is officially the month of NaNoWrimo, also known as National Novel Writing Month! It’s an exciting challenge where you aim to write a 50, 000 word novel by November 30th. In honour of this special month, we’ve decided to compile The Novelist’s Toolbox – 20 links full of helpful tips and hints to help you on your way to literary greatness! For those of you that would like to join the NaNoWrimo Challenge – it’s NOT too late!! Head over to the site, RIGHT NOW and good luck! 1) Getting Ready… Read More »The Novelist’s Toolbox

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5 Tips In Obtaining A Publishing Contract

Lots of Bang2writers contact me asking, “I’ve written a book … now what??” Well, if you’ve decided traditional publishing is for you, then author @EC_Jarvis has some great tips for you in attracting that elusive contract. Best of luck out there! Let’s assume that you’ve completed your book already and edited it at least five times yourself (and I mean really edited – not just glanced over the words), or paid a professional to do the legwork. Now you’re ready to start submitting to publishers. Hooray! Good for you. A different level of work now begins. 1) Research There are an… Read More »5 Tips In Obtaining A Publishing Contract

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7 Ways To Find More Time To Write

No writer leads a charmed life, especially when it comes to time. There’s NEVER enough time in the day! We all have commitments: day jobs, families, lifestuff. So I’m a big believer in MAKING time to write – but lots of writers wonder HOW we can do this … So here’s Diane’s words of wisdom on the matter. Enjoy! There isn’t just one way of doing anything, including being a writer. Life is a custom experience, and our writing habits are too. What are your writing habits? Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to write more than… Read More »7 Ways To Find More Time To Write

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13 Experts Share What They’d Like To See Next In Diverse Literature

Check out the official site of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, HERE. After yesterday’s post where our experts gave us a GREAT reading list of diverse books to get stuck into, I asked them what they’d like to see NEXT from diverse books … Enjoy! 1) Jessica Reid, Legend Press. For more of diverse books to get noticed and receive the praise they deserve! 2) Oli Munson, Literary Agent, AM Heath. I’d like to see more literature representing the modern African experience IN Africa, not just the diaspora. Genuine African settings which avoid clichés LIKE THESE. 3) Paula Daly, Author. I would love to see a… Read More »13 Experts Share What They’d Like To See Next In Diverse Literature

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13 Experts Share Their Notable Diverse Books Of Recent Years

With Tiverton Literary Festival on this weekend (Jun 6th & 7th), I thought I’d take a look at some great fiction recommendations for you lucky Bang2writers. I’ve been a follower and supporter of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign (check out the official site, HERE), so following previously curated posts on representation here at B2W, I thought I’d ask as many experts as I could about this. Make sure you check out our contributors’ links and recommendations! As with previous posts on female characters in movies and television, as well as representation of transgender characters, I asked just two questions: 1) What have you… Read More »13 Experts Share Their Notable Diverse Books Of Recent Years

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5 Times It’s OK To Sacrifice Facts For Drama

Getting Your Facts Right Writing historical fiction, I have come to learn, is like navigating a slippery slope along a precarious cliff. God forbid you get facts wrong. Anyone who knows anything about the time period you are writing about will let you know that you did: in the reviews, on the internet, for all to see. Let’s face it. Getting the clothing down, the setting, the politics and social graces of the times is the easy part. Keeping people entertained in another time period is what makes the story a story. So I have had to take liberties with… Read More »5 Times It’s OK To Sacrifice Facts For Drama

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Top 10 Quotes On First Drafts

Spanish speaker? Many thanks to Sergio from Bloguionistas for translating this post into Spanish! READ IT HERE. If like me you’re struggling with an unwieldy first draft of your novel or screenplay right now, I thought you might appreciate some of these quotes from famous people on the process. Some of the quotes are uber-famous (especially number 1), plus I don’t agree with all of them (number 8 can go jump in particular, I’d say it’s TORTURE atm!) but it’s definitely a useful exercise to remember ALL writers go through this. So keep on keeping on, Bang2writers! Need MORE inspiration?… Read More »Top 10 Quotes On First Drafts

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5 Things To Remember When Writing A Mystery Or Thriller

Honoured to have bestselling author Paula Daly on the blog today, sharing her tips about Mystery and Thriller. Paula is the writer of Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? (Transworld), one of my favourite mystery books of the last couple of years, so make sure you check it out if you haven’t already. I think Paula’s tips are equally useful to screenwriters as well and as you will notice, Paula mixes books and TV/movies in her examples, so enjoy … Over to you, Paula! 1) It’s All About The Premise Publishers are after the same but different. They want… Read More »5 Things To Remember When Writing A Mystery Or Thriller

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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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