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Want to Become A Successful Writer? Follow These 6 Tips

How To Become A Successful Writer A lot of people think it is easy to become a successful writer. Simply type out your story on your laptop, get it published or produced, then you’ve ‘made it’ … right?? Nope, not even close! There’s a lot that goes into becoming a successful writer. Here are some tips that might help you on your journey, whether you want to be a screenwriter or author (or both!). Ready? Let’s go … 1)    Keep Writing Try to write every day, even if it is only for a little bit of time. Here’s some suggestions… Read More »Want to Become A Successful Writer? Follow These 6 Tips

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6 Steps To Write Your Own Serialised Story

Why Should You Write a Serialised  Story Serialised stories are very popular in 2021, especially online. Here are reasons to get started with writing your own serialised story today. It engages readers. Serialised stories are designed to engage readers. When they are written with intrigue in mind, they make readers anticipate the new piece willingly. Thus, they stay engaged and they are more likely to share your story with friends or via social media. It allows you to play with the plot in any way you want. You can be quite creative when writing a serialised Within this genre, you… Read More »6 Steps To Write Your Own Serialised Story

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6 Writing Tricks That Grab Readers’ Attention

How To Grab Readers’ Attention In any storytelling technique, the first word, phrase or sentence is usually what grabs the reader’s attention. This phenomenon is especially true in fiction where you have an opening that immediately draws the reader in. In content marketing (aka blogging!), this phenomenon is known as the ‘hook’ appeal. Hook appeal is what gets your potential readers or customers engaged – what hooks them into wanting to know more and buying your idea or products. The ‘hook’ is the point where you capture or lose your readers’ attention. For example, the title of this piece intrigued… Read More »6 Writing Tricks That Grab Readers’ Attention

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How To Choose An Idea To Write

Choices, Choices Very often writers will contact me asking how to choose ideas to write. They will say they have so many ideas, it feels impossible to pick one. I can relate to this problem. Back when I first started writing, I found it SO DIFFICULT to choose. I had notebooks and files full to the brim with ideas. I also loved all kinds of stories … from dramas and biopics and literary fiction, through to high octane thrillers and super-scary horrors. I also loved genre fiction, from crime through to feelgood women’s fiction. How did I begin?? What did… Read More »How To Choose An Idea To Write

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29 Ways To Stay Creative

Getting Creative It can be really difficult to stay creative at the best of times … and it’s safe to say these are NOT the best of times! After a year of the pandemic and multiple lockdowns all over the world, writers may be feeling burned out (I know I am). Of course, rest is important. If you feel you can’t go on, now is a great time to take stock and let the well replenish. I will be doing this over Easter, so the B2W site will be taking a short break. (Don’t panic though … You can still… Read More »29 Ways To Stay Creative

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How To Decide Between Past and Present Tense In Your Novel

Past Vs. Present Lots of Bang2writers are writing novels these days, meaning they ask me about past and present tense. But does tense really matter? To an extent, YES it does. Put simply, a story written in the past will turn out differently to one written in the present. It’s just the way of things. This leads to some writers believing choosing tense is all about gut instinct. If that works for you, go for it. However, for many writers, deciding between past and present tense in novels can be difficult. Lots of people have strong opinions on tenses, which… Read More »How To Decide Between Past and Present Tense In Your Novel

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10 Awesome Young Female Characters Recommended By My Kid

All About Young Characters Young characters are hard to write … Yet writers frequently under-research young people when it comes to characterisation. As I was a teen mum, I’ve been a parent for over half of my life now. It is often very clear to me which writers hang out with youngsters and which do not. As with all authentic characterisation, we need to do our research or get found out. If we want to write young characters, then it pays to find out what young people are actually interested in!! This might seem obvious – and it is! –… Read More »10 Awesome Young Female Characters Recommended By My Kid

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A Better Way to Set Your Writing Goals (And Actually Achieve Them)

What Are YOUR Writing Goals? Setting achievable writing goals is a MUST for any writer. I’ve written before on this blog that writing goals also need to be ‘concrete’ … In other words, it’s not enough to just say we want to do something! We have to figure out HOW we are going to get it done as well. It’s important to remember that whatever your ambitions are as a creative writer, your ability to achieve them depends on more than just willpower. This is especially true when it comes to larger, more complex goals. Thinking big is great, but… Read More »A Better Way to Set Your Writing Goals (And Actually Achieve Them)

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12 Hit Movies That Took Ages From Idea To Screen (Part 2)

Idea To Script To Screen It’s gone down in screenwriting folklore that it took writer-producer Allan Scott thirty years to get the idea for his Netflix smash hit The Queen’s Gambit made and on screen. If your passion project is taking an age to get off the ground – or if your screenwriting career is! – then take heart from these movies. Like many films, their journey from those ideas to script to big screen took many, many years. Find out why and what we can learn from the writer’s experience on each. READ PART ONE – Films 1-6 in… Read More »12 Hit Movies That Took Ages From Idea To Screen (Part 2)

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Playing The Long Game: 12 Movies Writers Can Learn From

Playing The Long Game No doubt you’ve been advised to ‘play the long game’ when it comes to  making movies, but what does this mean? Well, it’s gone down in screenwriting folklore that it took writer-producer Allan Scott 30 years to get his Netflix smash hit The Queen’s Gambit made. Walter Tevis’s chess novel was published in 1983 – and Scott optioned it immediately, buying the exclusive film rights in 1993. Over the ensuing years he concentrated on trying to get a movie version made (“I won’t embarrass all the directors with whom we didn’t make the movie but I… Read More »Playing The Long Game: 12 Movies Writers Can Learn From

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7 Ways To Beat Self-Sabotage As A Writer

What Does Self-Sabotage Look Like? Self-sabotage is the enemy of writers everywhere. Whilst it might seem like the odds are against you getting anywhere in this industry, there’s actually an even bigger obstacle we need to overcome … OURSELVES! Self belief is so important as a writer. If we don’t believe in ourselves, we might as well not bother at all. I’m serious! So here’s what self-sabotage looks like, plus how to avoid it … Ready? Let’s go! 1) Not asking for help Lots of writers scorn stuff like blogging, social media, courses, groups, books or anything they believe is… Read More »7 Ways To Beat Self-Sabotage As A Writer

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Top 10 Quotes To Keep Going As A Writer

Keep Going … Or Else ‘Keep going’ is probably the top advice I offer to writers. So often writers start feeling energised and enthusiastic … but as time goes on … and the rejection piles up … they just STOP. Look, I get it. It’s effing hard to keep going when it feels like every door is slammed in your face. Plus there’s no guarantees, so it can feel easier to quit rather than bang your head against a brick wall. But this is the thing … if you stop you will NEVER get anywhere! This is why writers need… Read More »Top 10 Quotes To Keep Going As A Writer

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