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The Feedback Exchange – Round 2

Back in February, I launched The Feedback Exchange – a free, no registration required, searchable list of Bang2writers willing to swap feedback on their projects. To date, a whopping twenty people have signed up, all of whom have a variety of skills and genre interests. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get EVEN MORE Bang2writers signed up and make this the biggest, best free directory for peer review on the web!!! Remember: – Anyone, at any stage of their writing career is welcome – Post your details in the comments section of this post only You’ll notice The Feedback… Read More »The Feedback Exchange – Round 2

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The Feedback Exchange

Let’s keep this simple and not get bogged down in rules.. yawn. The only 3 things I will specify: 1) Just because you contact someone asking them to read your script doesn’t mean they HAVE TO. Similarly, if you don’t want to read for someone, be polite – send them an email and tell them, don’t ignore them. 2) If they read for you, you have to be prepared to read for them. Remember to say thanks for your feedback too! 3) Never ever be vitriolic, slag someone off or take the mickey out of them, either in the feedback… Read More »The Feedback Exchange

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Contradictory Characters

One thing I’ve noticed increasingly over the years is, once you’ve nailed down your structure, *everybody* wants a piece of your main character and what they get up to. If a reader does not feel they can say much about your actual craft, they’ll make all kinds of assertions, both good and bad. Here is some of my feedback on a particular character and her journey (note these are all about the SAME script): “[She] is a compelling character – especially because she sabotages herself and is her own worst enemy.” “I couldn’t relate to [her], because she makes things… Read More »Contradictory Characters

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A Tale of Two Readers

David has allowed me to indulge my John August fantasy by asking, “Do you think there is any value in sending a script to TWO readers at once? Or… Using a reader, re-write, then use a different reader?” As with anything in this scriptwriting malarkey, I think it’s principally down to the writer. I frequently use many readers at the same time on the same draft, because I’m a big fan of the Power of Three method. The way I see it, one reader might freak you out with a suggestion or observation (particularly story or structure-wise) two or even… Read More »A Tale of Two Readers

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I’ve Written A Screenplay. Now What?

Updated So, You’ve Written A Screenplay ‘I’ve written a screenplay, now what?’ is one of the top Google searches that leads writers to this blog. Plus Bang2writers write to me, asking me for ideas on what to do / where to send scripts they’ve written, so I thought it was time I put my thoughts on this in one place, once and for all … Enjoy!  1) Get Some Screenplay Feedback i) Getting it – do peer review You don’t have to pay for this, though you can if you want to.  Alternatively, you can do peer review aka a… Read More »I’ve Written A Screenplay. Now What?

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In It For The Money?

You’ve probably seen Piers’ post about using paid-for readers. If you haven’t read it, here’s a quick precis of it – don’t use them. Why? Well, you can you get feedback for free with the likes of Po3, peer review, BBC Writersroom, Triggerstreet, joining or forming writers’ groups. Also, at the heart of the matter for Piers, because paid-for readers want your custom back, is the thought you’re never going to be told you’re that bad, but you’re never going to be told you’re that good, either. In the interest of balance, I thought I’d offer a few counter points… Read More »In It For The Money?

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… And So It Rolls On

Interesting response to the idea of repetitive threads on the SP Screenwriters’ List this morning: Golly Gee Boys and Girls, oops Men and Women or is it Women and men? If you don’t like what’s written in the bulletin, you, with a tad of intelligence, can just, well maybe, it is possible you know, to use your brain and consider skipping the read. Many newbees to the site just might like the read, so shut up, pass onto the next note and so forth until you have digested your meal, had your third beer and be done with it. Grow… Read More »… And So It Rolls On

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The Tyranny of Typos

So I decided my entry for Red Planet was done over the weekend. I’ve been writing the thing since July; I even have a revised first draft of the pilot and will be doing a workshop with some lovely actors on it in October. David Bishop has given it a veritable script-kicking as only he can “Capital letters, WTF? That word’s wrong! Are you insane, this character is!”, as has Tim “you can do better than this” Clague, JK “You British people are all crazy” Amalou, the gloriously picky Scott the Reader, the divine Michelle Lipton and an offline, real-life… Read More »The Tyranny of Typos

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Specs I’ve Seen #1: The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies By David Bishop

Often spec screenwriters will ask me to nominate and talk about another spec work with them that I’ve read that I’ve thought particularly good. As a reader however I take confidentiality seriously, so I have to decline. These repeated requests however got me thinking and I’ve approached several writers whose work I’ve admired and asked them if I can write about their work on the blog. This is the first of the series.————————————————————————————-I’ve been a big fan of David Bishop’s work for some time now: originally a Bang2write paying client (oo er), David’s now one of my own trusted circle… Read More »Specs I’ve Seen #1: The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies By David Bishop

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Sharps Schenanigans

So like everyone else in the known universe without a TV credit, I have been writing a 30 minute script for *that* BBC initiative, Sharps. My effort however has turned out total pants. Shame really, ‘cos there’s lots I like about the script, including a talking cat who has a serious attitude problem. I was trying to go for an Ashes to Ashes/magic realism slant, but it’s now just plain weird. End of the day, it just doesn’t hang together over thirty minutes. Ten, it could be good. Thirty it’s just pants. Hey ho, you live and learn. No point… Read More »Sharps Schenanigans

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Power of 3 Ruckus

Even if you have never been to an Adrian Mead class, there’s a good chance you will have heard of the famous Power of 3: it’s bandied about in The Scribosphere as bloggers appeal for each other to help them with their work. And why not? It’s a good way of getting feedback, for free. Whilst I’m never one to do myself out of a job, I do happen to believe that writers should get the best value for their money. Whilst there are always writers who prefer to work with Readers from that very first words-on-paper draft (and why… Read More »Power of 3 Ruckus

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Power Of 3: Adrian’s Handout

WHEN IS MY SCRIPT READY TO SEND OUT? “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Publilius Syrus WHY YOU NEED FEEDBACK Ask any industry professional for the number one mistake writers make and they will almost always agree it’s this – SENDING OUT WORK BEFORE IT’S READY. It is almost impossible to see some of the mistakes you have made when you have been working for months on an idea. Even the best screenwriters and authors work with an editor. You need feedback. Good feedback helps you to fully realise the potential of your story and communicate… Read More »Power Of 3: Adrian’s Handout

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