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Top 5 Networking Mistakes Writers Make

Networking Mistakes You’ve been counting down for months, excited about the upcoming event you’re going to.  The plan is to network with agents, publishers and fellow writers.  In your head you’re fabulous at networking … Or are you?? In order to survive a networking event without disastrous consequences avoid making the following mistakes as though your life depends on it.  First impressions last a lifetime! Here’s what NOT to do when networking, plus what you should do instead. 1) You Ignore Others You’ve arrived. You’re milling through the crowds of people and spot someone your desperate to talk to.   However,… Read More »Top 5 Networking Mistakes Writers Make

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Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself An ‘Aspiring Writer’

‘Aspiring Writers’ Unite ‘Aspiring’ is a word defined in the Cambridge English Dictionary as ‘someone who is trying to become a successful actor, politician, writer, etc.’  It’s also a word that many, many writers use to describe themselves, both in online bios and in person. Everywhere you look you will see and hear ‘aspiring writer’, whether that person wants to be a screenwriter, author or other type of writer. Last weekend I taught my course, Screenwriting Fundamentals at Ealing Studios for the guys at London Screenwriters Festival. Part of the course is a ‘logline lab’ where writers share their pitches.… Read More »Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself An ‘Aspiring Writer’

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4 Things I Learned from SOLO! Screenwriter Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall is not only a member of the Bang2write community, but also a seasoned screenwriter with credits such as BBC’s Doctors, as well as award-winning short films In The Mood and Mr Thornton’s Change of Heart. Jonathan’s recent feature SOLO! is an inspiring story for all filmmakers – it’s the ultimate example of making it happen on your own. SOLO!  is a musical, romantic comedy and was shot over in Valencia, Spain and recently selected for the Marbella Film Festival.  If you’re struggling to imagine your ideas off the page, then Jonathan’s interview and tips are not to be missed!… Read More »4 Things I Learned from SOLO! Screenwriter Jonathan Hall

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10 Awesome Tips To Get Your Social Media Posts Noticed

How do you get your posts noticed among the millions of others published on these social media platforms every day? Social media is a blessing for us writers. It has the potential to help our writing attain great heights. Plus, we don’t even have to spend a single penny while we’re at it. Sounds attractive, right … But how do writers do it well? Let’s see what you must do to ensure that you commit no social media marketing errors: 1.  Have a clear intention Ensure you are fully aware of the purpose that you want your social media post to serve.… Read More »10 Awesome Tips To Get Your Social Media Posts Noticed

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Top 5 Secrets For Successful Writers

Successful Writers Everyone wants to be successful – that’s a no-brainer. But my first novel was a great idea, but it was badly written and it flopped. My second novel was a decent idea that was well-written, but still didn’t get published. C’est la vie. But it appears to be third time lucky as the buzz on LinkedIn and Twitter on my book, Everybody Works in Sales, has been incredible. Here are the mistakes you must avoid if you want to succeed as an author, especially if you go indie: Successful Secret # 1: Embrace Change Too many writers don’t… Read More »Top 5 Secrets For Successful Writers

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5 Things I Learned From Roland Moore, Showrunner & Screenwriter

At Bang2write today, we have award-winning screenwriter Roland Moore share his top tips about his creative-process, how to pitch and why writing a shit first draft is a GOOD thing! With credits including Smack The Pony, Doctors, Peter Rabbit and the hit Chinese television show Noodle, Roland is also the creator and writer of the BBC1 period drama Land Girls. He has also written audio dramas for the Doctor Who and Survivors ranges. Roland is currently the head writer for Fremantle working on an international TV series, so if YOU plan on writing the next hit show then Roland’s the… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Roland Moore, Showrunner & Screenwriter

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How To Write Fast Like A Pro

1) Set a DEADLINE ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by,’ said uber-author Douglas Adams, but seriously? If you want to get stuff done – and done FAST – set yourself one. I always advocate looking ahead at the calendar, breaking down what’s possible in what time and having THREE deadlines: one ‘likely finish’; one ‘hopeful finish’ and one ‘unlikely finish’. Try it! 2) Work out your BEST TIME I work best mid-morning till lunchtime on my own writing. This is because first thing in the morning I’m doing admin and social media… Read More »How To Write Fast Like A Pro

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15 Questions To Help You Network Like A Professional

With the new year on the horizon, it’s not surprising that that writers are dropping by B2W looking for networking tips … Going to events such as London Screenwriters’ Festival and London Book Fair  is bound to be on alot of your new year resolutions lists! But preparation is good practice when it comes to networking, so thinking ahead about how you’re going to ‘work the room’ in advance can really play dividends. This is why I love these questions from Nicole that can really help break the ice. Over to you, Nicole … Networking is the cornerstone of any… Read More »15 Questions To Help You Network Like A Professional

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How To Make Your Writing Career Breakthrough

Over 100,000 people worldwide identify as a screenwriter. No wonder it feels so difficult to stand out from the crowd. Unless you win a top ten screenwriting contest that is, which is only 0.1 percent of writers (yes that’s a real number.) So how do we get noticed? Luckily, there is more than one way to skin a cat (instead of saving it 😉!). 1) BRANDING – Build your online presence This is so important in today’s society. Can you be Googled? As a screenwriter, if you can’t be googled or be the entire first page online then you don’t… Read More »How To Make Your Writing Career Breakthrough

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6 Ways To Get Great Writing Ideas From Social Media

Social media gets a bad rap as a ‘time suck’ for writers, but as any Bang2writer knows, I think social media is BRILLIANT for us … Not only can we get ideas and inspiration, we can use it as a ‘water cooler’ to chat ideas through (either overtly or covertly). We can crowd fund for opinions and answers to our queries, as well as observe debates, talks and even flame wars too. What’s more, we can even find out what our potential audiences are interested in (or conversely, NOT interested in!) too — this is one of the main reasons… Read More »6 Ways To Get Great Writing Ideas From Social Media

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