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The 1 Epic Mistake Nearly ALL Writers Make

So. Much. Truth. Writers are a funny bunch. We often make life a lot harder for ourselves, when all we need is a mindset adjustment. I was trawling through Facebook – as you do – when I saw this pic via super-agent and veteran Bang2writer Julian Friedmann … Why this pic is particularly relevant to writers As any script editor, agent, producer or mentor will tell you, they see writers clinging on to: Concepts that don’t work Drafts that suck Scenes that are waaaay out Rubbish dialogue Characters who are dull, derivative or weird Ill-advised approaches to gatekeepers Marketing or… Read More »The 1 Epic Mistake Nearly ALL Writers Make

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5 Things I Learned From Mad Max Fury Road’s Producer Iain Smith 

 All About Iain Smith With a resumé that includes movie classics I love like THE FIFTH ELEMENT and CHILDREN OF MEN, producer Iain Smith was already on my list of top UK creative professionals already … but then he only goes and gets MAD MAX FURY ROAD made, too! So I was delighted to chaperone the LondonSWF Talent Campers to an exclusive half-hour session with Iain this weekend.  Iain offered up some brilliant nuggets of advice and writing wisdom, so make sure you strap yourself in … Ready? Let’s go! 1) It all STARTS with the writing … Production is frequently… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Mad Max Fury Road’s Producer Iain Smith 

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5 Things I Learned From Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Nicholson 

So, this weekend it was LondonSWF and the lucky writers selected for the 2016 LSF Talent Campus initiative had Oscar-winning screenwriter William Nicholson to themselves for a whole half an hour during the festival. The Talent Campers asked William Nicholson all about his time writing GLADIATOR on set in a caravan (!), but loads of other great snippets of writing wisdom came up too. Enjoy! 1) It’s about tenacity William Nicholson dropped the bombshell that whilst he’s had a whopping seventeen screenplays made, he’s had ‘at least fifteen’ polished scripts that have fallen by the wayside. So a return of… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Nicholson 

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INFOGRAPHIC: 24 Experts On The Foundation Of Success

One of the top Google searches to this blog is ‘writing success’. It’s not difficult to see why … Success can seem so random and unattainable. BUT IT’S NOT. Whilst we won’t be successful in absolutely everything we do – including writing – we can see ensure we are successful. Not by assuming ‘success’ is this mythical place or destination, but by building excellence into our daily lives. Put simply, if we strive to be excellent, we cannot help but BE SUCCESSFUL. I really believe this and have built B2W on this basis. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: 24 Experts On The Foundation Of Success

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Writing With Style: 8 Tips From Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, author and a fierce critic of American politics, once said, “Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.”  So, I hope aspiring and determined Bang2writers (and even the ones feeling lost) will learn something new from the great Kurt Vonnegut! Check out his great advice and tips: 1) Find a subject you care about Find what you care about and what others care about as well. This way your piece and its writing elements will differ drastically from the one on the topic you don’t give a damn about. 2) Do not ramble, though Write few lines… Read More »Writing With Style: 8 Tips From Kurt Vonnegut

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7 Motivational Quotes From THE Shonda Rhimes Herself

Shonda Rhimes is hardly a new name in the TV industry. As a wickedly successful producer, writer and most importantly, screenwriter, she undoubtedly knows all the tricks of the trade and – lucky for us – continues to share her insights to inspire next generations of followers. Here are seven motivational quotes from the Shonda Rhimes herself that every budding screenwriter should take to heart and include into their quest to become a seasoned scriptwriter: 1) “I don’t understand why people don’t understand that the world of television should look like the world outside television.” Before Shonda Rhimes, it could be… Read More »7 Motivational Quotes From THE Shonda Rhimes Herself

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15 Hard Truths About Screenwriting

Screenwriting: the talent of making words into moving pictures that takes from our mundane lives and into a whole other world! But what do the masters say about it? Here, the writing and filmmaking masters (and mistresses!) give us their tips: 1) “Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story.” — Steven Spielberg Spielberg has a point here. Effects are dated so fast that they are yesterday’s mouldy cheese by the time they are on the big screen. What we remember isn’t the flashy effects but the… Read More »15 Hard Truths About Screenwriting

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55 Quotes For Writers To Live By

It can be tough being a creative, so we frequently need to look actively for inspiration to keep us going on the path to getting our work finished and submitted. Quotes are particularly popular on B2W. Whether it’s tricks, tips and reminders we need from published and famous writers; or that talent might be good, but it’s hard work that wins out; or various definitions of success and reframing our mindsets, quotes can remind us we’re not alone and that various others trod this path before us. So, when I saw this great infographic on Quotery, I figured you Bang2writers… Read More »55 Quotes For Writers To Live By

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15 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Writer Should Know

Children’s books have a lot of complex thoughts and ideas in them, they’re just disguised as child’s play. Once you recognise the complexity of these books, you’ll realise how often they apply your own work as a writer. For more writers’ quotes on B2W, CLICK HERE, or click the pic below. To prove it, here are a number of quotes from kids’ books that every writer should know — enjoy! 1) “We all can dance,” he said, “if we find the music that we love.” – Giraffes Can’t Dance, Giles Andreae. This quote embraces the inner desire to follow your… Read More »15 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Writer Should Know

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20 Female Experts On Writing

When writing a character (whether for television, film, books or online articles), it’s important to make them as complex as human beings really are. But as we often say here on B2W, female characters are often marginalised and kept within dimensions that do not explore the entirety of their minds, feelings or their personalities. Regardless of gender, it’s  important for writers to understand the human condition and all of its working parts. And while some women feel male writers have struggled in the past to properly portray women in their writing, there are also plenty of male authors who adore creating… Read More »20 Female Experts On Writing

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14 Proven Writing Tricks From Genius Writers

No matter what, learning from great authors is always a plus. So let’s see what some of the literary elite have to say to young writers … Thanks, Alyce! 1) Read, read again and then read some more Genius authors are often thoughtful and attentive readers. Reading helps you enrich your own experience by seeing how other great writers put their thoughts on paper. You can barely become a good writer if you read one book a year. Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who… Read More »14 Proven Writing Tricks From Genius Writers

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33 Industry Insiders On Success, Dreams And Failure

As a writer you will at some point have to deal with constructive criticism, or feedback and/or rejection -whether you asked for it, or not! Surprisingly, a lot of writers find it hard to accept this, but the truth is if you want to be a writer let alone a good one, you’re going to have to get over that very quickly! Of course this is FAR easier said than done, especially when the criticism is dished out from (often) misinformed sources. Here are where the pros come in … Here’s 33 Industry Insider tips on how they overcome failure, and… Read More »33 Industry Insiders On Success, Dreams And Failure

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