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30 Quotes Writers Need To Know To Keep Motivated

Keeping Motivated Keeping motivated is hard … Whether you are stuck on the last chapter of your novel, or you’re just sitting down to write the first, a little motivation can go a long way. If you need a little extra help in staying motivated, this is just the article for you. Below are some of the best quotes from your fellow writers to inspire you to set aside self-doubt and just keep writing. 1) Anne Lamott “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” MORE: 7 Motivational Quotes From Shonda Rhimes  2) Mary Lee Settle… Read More »30 Quotes Writers Need To Know To Keep Motivated

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In The Spotlight: John Steinbeck’s Top 6 Writing Tips

All About John Steinbeck John Steinbeck’s an author best known for the Pulitzer-prize winning The Grapes of Wrath and his novella, Of Mice And Men. (Went to school in the UK in the last thirty years?? You will have almost certainly have read the latter, it’s been on the English Literature curriculum for decades!). Living between 1902-1968, Steinbeck wrote stories about The Great Depression decade and migratory farmworkers. He spent much of his life in Monterey county, California, which was sometimes the setting of some of his fiction. It may also interest Bang2writers that before Steinbeck ‘made it’ as a writer, he supported… Read More »In The Spotlight: John Steinbeck’s Top 6 Writing Tips

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3 Reasons ‘Write Drunk, Edit Sober’ Is Terrible Advice For Writers

A Sober Thought If you are a writer, you have inevitably heard the ‘Write drunk, edit sober’ advice (allegedly) given by Ernest Hemingway. Even though this advice is always attributed to him, it’s not sure if he actually ever said it … Or even if he did, whether he even practiced what he preached! But obviously excess drinking is a very bad idea … For anyone, but especially when writing! Here’s 3 reasons ‘Write Drunk, Edit Sober’ is terrible advice for writers. 1) It spreads the myth of the ‘Tortured Artiste’ So, all it takes to create a creative masterpiece… Read More »3 Reasons ‘Write Drunk, Edit Sober’ Is Terrible Advice For Writers

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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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10 Top TV Writers Share Their Writing Career Secrets

Career Secrets of TV Writers There’s lots of Bang2writers who want to be TV writers. But writing career secrets can be hard to come by when everyone’s journey is so different. It becomes easier to imagine breaking in and grabbing that elusive career is all just luck. But it’s not. If we focus on BUILDING a career, then we can see it is all in our own hands. The TV writers below have all broken into the industry and built a career, so why can’t we? Here’s what my 10 (okay, 11!) Top TV writers said when I asked them,… Read More »10 Top TV Writers Share Their Writing Career Secrets

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10 Top TV Writers Share Their Writing Craft Secrets

Craft Secrets ‘Writing secrets’ brings writers to this blog every day. It would seem everyone thinks there’s secrets out there that everyone else knows, but they don’t. I’m not immune to this either, I would LOVE to know! So I thought I’d round up a bunch of top TV writers and ask THEM what their personal writing secrets are … Here’s the answers I got asking, ‘What’s your top tip for writing craft?’ Enjoy! 1) ‘Emotional courage stands out’ – Ashley Pharoah My tip is not to bury the emotion under the craft. Emotional courage is what is needed to… Read More »10 Top TV Writers Share Their Writing Craft Secrets

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50 Empowering Quotes From Fictional Female Characters

Quotes From Fictional Women Both ‘quotes’ and ‘female characters’ are often sought-after Google topics on this site … So when I saw this graphic combined BOTH, I couldn’t resist! For more quotes and insights from pro writers and fictional people, check THIS POST out. I think my favourite of the quotes below is Kitty Pryde’s, especially this bit: “You keep waiting for the dust to settle … then you realise, this is it. This is your life going on.” It reminds me of one of my fave Doris Lessing quotes: “Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions… Read More »50 Empowering Quotes From Fictional Female Characters

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10 Harsh Truths About Writing You Need To Know

Harsh but TRUE Look, there are some harsh truths you need to know about this writing lark. And I’m not talking about the obvious, like this: Think you can write a novel and whack it up on the Kindle and make a gazillion quid? NOPE, obviously not. Or that making a film is a question of writing a brilliant script and waiting for Spielberg to call? DOUBLE NOPE. Or even that being a writer is a reward enough, because you will love your job every day and life is all sunshine and flowers?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA triple NOPE to the power of… Read More »10 Harsh Truths About Writing You Need To Know

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Failure Is Not Fatal. How To Succeed, No Matter What

Failure Happens Failure is part of life. We cannot avoid it. Whilst this is obvious, in ‘real life’ we can kid ourselves that it’s a ‘once in a while’ thing, especially once we’re out of school. It’s not like we take tests and exams every day, right? But as writers, failure seems to be CONSTANT, especially in the form of rejection: Producer, publisher or agent said no? Only getting radio silences? Didn’t place in that contest or scheme? Film, show, web series or book reviewing badly? No one buying your stuff? I’m sure you can recognise all of these things… Read More »Failure Is Not Fatal. How To Succeed, No Matter What

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10 Rocky Quotes To Inspire You As A Writer

The Patron Saint Of Writers That’s right, Rocky Balboa is the patron saint of writers … and I’m gonna illustrate why. But first, here’s a little story for you. Once there was a scrappy little girl, who was all knees and elbows, who wanted to be a writer. The first time she realised this, she was about 6 years old. Her mother had a big bookcase on the landing, filled with grown up books. The little girl’s Mum had weird reading taste, so some of the covers were mad-scary, but that didn’t stop the girl from dreaming about one day… Read More »10 Rocky Quotes To Inspire You As A Writer

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How To Be A Successful Writer, Defined By 5 Facebook Memes

Do you love memes? If you love memes, join the club! They seem to be everywhere these days. ‘A picture tells a thousand words’ is an adage has always been a favourite of mine as a writer. Its application to screenwriting is obvious, but even as a novelist CREATING WORD PICTURES helps us keep own track so that we ‘show, don’t tell’. This is why memes are so popular in the internet age, especially on platforms such as Facebook. Memes are defined as: So, for the uninitiated, memes have always been here, it’s just now they’re much more obvious and in… Read More »How To Be A Successful Writer, Defined By 5 Facebook Memes

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30 Top Experts On The True Power Of Ideas

Never underestimate the power of a good idea and where it can take you! It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago, B2W did not exist! Back when I started blogging, I was on an old AOL Hometown blog (remember those??) and writing about screenwriting, just as a way of giving my script reading clients ‘added value’ in my burgeoning script consultancy. Yet my blog grew, relocating first to Blogger, then eventually to this platform WordPress in 2012. Various opportunities presented themselves as a direct result! B2W seemed to take on a life of its own as I… Read More »30 Top Experts On The True Power Of Ideas

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