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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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43 Famous Writers Share Their Secrets About Happiness

On Fighting & Happiness Happiness can be elusive for many of us. As writers, happiness can be an especially big issue because we have to suffer many problems to get where we want to be. Endless rejection is obviously top of the list, but so are the constant put-downs. Many of us have loved ones who don’t understand what we do, telling us writing is not a ‘real job’. That’s just for starters! I don’t mind admitting I was deeply unhappy for many years. Life felt like a neverending battle. As soon as one thing was dealt with, another would start… Read More »43 Famous Writers Share Their Secrets About Happiness

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6 Things You NEED In Your Dystopian YA Novel

My glamorous assistant Olivia is back today, with some GREAT thoughts on Young Adult novels, particularly dystopian ones that seem to be all the rage atm. If you prefer your YA set more in the real world, then check out my OWN YA, which confronts a female protagonist with ALL the potential outcomes of a single dilemma. Download The Decision: Lizzie’s Story and its companion novel, The Decision: Jasmine’s Story to your Kindle, HERE. Over to you, Olivia! There’s a certain formula that goes into creating a successful bestselling book series and franchise such as The Hunger Games, Divergent or The Maze… Read More »6 Things You NEED In Your Dystopian YA Novel

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50 Industry Insiders Share Their Filmmaking Secrets

I’m descending into the LondonSWF submissions rabbithole for another year, so I’m turning over the blog to you Bang2writers, headed up by the lovely and talented Olivia Brennan. Olivia will be sourcing and writing great content for the main site, as well as helping facilitate scriptchat on the B2W Facebook page and over at Twitter, so make sure you follow her as @LivSFB. So first up, thanks to Olivia for this MAMMOTH list of quotes she’s curated – I love how she’s found such a diverse selection of people here. Nice one! My favourites are 11, 32 and 49 …… Read More »50 Industry Insiders Share Their Filmmaking Secrets

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30 Experts On The Art And Struggles Of Screenwriting

1) Hugh Laurie “Screenwriting is the most prized of all the cinematic arts. Actually, it isn’t, but it should be.” MORE: 6 Things You Need To Know As A Screenwriter If You Want Your Scripts Made  2) James Cameron “Writing a screenplay, for me, is like juggling. It’s like, how many balls can you get in the air at once?” MORE: B2W Writing Resources 3) Ridley Scott “The hardest single thing you do is get the bloody screenplay right.” MORE: B2W Free Downloads 4) Richard Attenborough “There’s nothing more important in making movies than the screenplay.” MORE: B2W Courses & Talks 5) Mara Brock Akil… Read More »30 Experts On The Art And Struggles Of Screenwriting

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21 Famous Filmmakers’ Genre Secrets

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! Genre gets a bad rap when it comes to movies and television, but these are the facts: writing good genre is REALLY DIFFICULT. Every bit as difficult as writing good drama! Check out the famous filmmakers’ quotes below and see how many touch on the same things, including: Why various genres appeal to certain audiences How mixing up different ideas, threads, characters, plots can really help Why genre does not automatically mean “dumb” How zeitgeists can really affect the popularity of certain genres Why you need to know what goes into various… Read More »21 Famous Filmmakers’ Genre Secrets

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23 Famous Writers On Feminism

Feminism seems to be very much in discussion online at the moment. In fact, it’s probably one of the main reasons you come to B2W, since we place feminist critique very much at the heart of our storytelling, characterisation and representation articles. So I thought now was a good time to curate some quotes from well known writers, authors and/or performers about how they see feminism, in both a societal and writing context. I don’t agree with all of them, but it certainly makes for interesting reading, especially if you’re struggling with your own female characters right now. Enjoy! 1) Callie… Read More »23 Famous Writers On Feminism

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19 Tips On Overcoming Writer’s Block From Famous Authors

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! So I’m still working on the rewrite from Hell and God knows I’ve needed some inspiration lately, especially when I’ve been STARING INTO THE ABYSS OF NOTHINGNESS and feeling the claws of DARK PANIC clawing my chest … Okay so I’m exaggerating. Or am I?!?!? Well, if you’ve been feeling the familiar lull of writer’s block, you’ll relate to some of these guys … I know I do. Enjoy! 1) Philip Pullman “Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely… Read More »19 Tips On Overcoming Writer’s Block From Famous Authors

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25 Writing Secrets of Famous Authors

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! 1) Stephen King If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut. 2) Suzanne Collins All the writing elements are the same. You need to tell a good story… You’ve got good characters… People think there’s some dramatic difference between writing ‘Little Bear’ and the ‘Hunger Games,’ and as a writer, for me, there isn’t. 3) George Orwell For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’… Read More »25 Writing Secrets of Famous Authors

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15 Fab Female Writers On Writing

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! It’s The Cannes Film Festival at the moment, so in honour of the occasion, not to mention HeelGate, I thought I’d round up some women writers’ thoughts on the process, writing female characters, strength and MORE … Enjoy! 1) Nora Ephron I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are. 2) Shonda Rhimes You can’t tell stories and really walk in someone’s shoes and not have a love for them, even if they’re doing horrible things. 3) Tina Fey I like to write about women,… Read More »15 Fab Female Writers On Writing

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Top 20 Quotes For Writing Success

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! If like me you’re feeling a little weary this week (with no destination in sight for the forseeable), I thought you’d appreciate some of my fave quotes on what constitutes SUCCESS … I bet you’re at least halfway there already! Also, don’t forget you can now check out my latest podcast appearance on @thecreativepenn. I talk adapting novels, genre, film rights, treatments and much more with the lovely Joanna. Listen to it free, HERE. 1) Pablo Picasso Action is the foundational key to all success. 2) Emily Dickinson Success is counted sweetest… Read More »Top 20 Quotes For Writing Success

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