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21 Top Tips To Get More Creative

One of the most searched-for terms that lead writers to this blog is ‘get more creative’. When writers discuss creativity, we nearly always focus on stuff like writing exercises and prompts – but creativity is a STATE OF MIND. We need to change our thinking to get our writing going and create good work. This is why I love this infographic from the good folks at Custom-Writing.org. It ranges from the obvious to the not-so-obvious, but crucially also offers tips, quotes and snippets on the subjects too – the attention to detail is brilliant! I particularly like numbers 9 and… Read More »21 Top Tips To Get More Creative

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How To Boost Your Writing Confidence To New Levels

  Got No Confidence In Your Writing? If you have no confidence in your writing, you’re not alone. LOTS of writers lack confidence, including professional creatives. Yes really! Being a writer might be challenging, as creative people very often worry their work is not good enough. Lacking confidence can be immobilising and may influence the quality of your writing, too. But instead of focusing on your lack of confidence, check out these simple ideas and exercises. They are designed to boost your confidence and make your creative genius shine. 1) Use writing prompts Many creative people know that writing prompts… Read More »How To Boost Your Writing Confidence To New Levels

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How To Crush Your Writing Deadlines

1) Understand the Benefits of Deadlines You’re on a deadline. You’re doing your best to complete that script. It has to be outstanding. You have to develop impressive characters. It has to be on time. The deadline is pressurising you so badly you freak out. You push yourself to write more. It doesn’t work; you get stuck. You try to get some sleep. You can’t; you’re constantly concerned about that deadline. How do you deal with this pressure??? Hold on … Due dates are not your enemies. They should serve as an inspiration for you to get the job done… Read More »How To Crush Your Writing Deadlines

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The Ultimate Guide To Writing An Outstanding Query

How To Query A query is a short, to-the-point email that you can send to an agent, producer, filmmaker or publisher. Usually 2-3 lines long only, it will detail who you are, what you have (ie. a logline or short pitch) and a polite enquiry whether that person will read it. I am a HUGE fan of query emails. I must have sent thousands over the years. Many have lead to read requests, meetings and even paid jobs for me. What’s more, even places that say ‘no unsolicited material’ will accept queries … They either ignore and delete them, or… Read More »The Ultimate Guide To Writing An Outstanding Query

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6 Ways To Get Great Writing Ideas From Social Media

Social media gets a bad rap as a ‘time suck’ for writers, but as any Bang2writer knows, I think social media is BRILLIANT for us … Not only can we get ideas and inspiration, we can use it as a ‘water cooler’ to chat ideas through (either overtly or covertly). We can crowd fund for opinions and answers to our queries, as well as observe debates, talks and even flame wars too. What’s more, we can even find out what our potential audiences are interested in (or conversely, NOT interested in!) too — this is one of the main reasons… Read More »6 Ways To Get Great Writing Ideas From Social Media

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10 Useful Infographics To Help You Pick The Right Words

1) TIP: Never Use Boring Words! First up, the obvious … And one that some say is the ONLY rule every writer should follow – ‘Don’t be boring!’ Novelist Bang2writers obviously have the strongest burden in NOT being boring. In comparison to screenplays, every single word of a novel is accessible to a reader. That said, script readers have to read a screenplay first, so it’s still not wise to be repetitive and write ‘flat’ and flabby prose. This infographic from Custom Writing breaks down some common and frankly DULL words, plus what ALL writers can use instead. Remember, just because… Read More »10 Useful Infographics To Help You Pick The Right Words

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11 Habits That Can Transform Your Productivity

Many people are constantly trying to make the most out of their working days. Sometimes, it means working until late and drinking a few additional cups of coffee. This method, although applied by many, is largely ineffective because it includes working harder and longer. Why not work smarter? To increase the efficiency of your work and avoid spending unnecessary additional hours at the office, we need to analyse the latest knowledge provided by the experts. This is exactly what the infographic below by www.assignmenthelper.com.au does. For example, it reviews many important factors that influence productivity and are often ignored by… Read More »11 Habits That Can Transform Your Productivity

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Why Writers Are Not Always The Best Judge Of Storytelling

Theme is probably one of the most-asked questions I get ‘off blog’ when working on writing projects with my Bang2writers. These writers will fret people may not ‘get’ their theme or message, or perhaps even claim the point of their story is ‘wrong’ somehow. But this is the thing. People WILL disagree about the theme or message of your story — even with you, the writer! Whilst sometimes this goes waaaaay off-piste, 9/10 this is actually a good thing … It shows how your reader or viewer has participated in breaking down your story for meaning. This is brilliant! Let… Read More »Why Writers Are Not Always The Best Judge Of Storytelling

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4 Easy Ways To Track Your Online Buzz

We’ve all done it before. Come on, be honest! You see that little rectangle box and all you have to do is type your name and you can see how many times you come up. It’s a little narcissistic, but it’s also human … … I’m speaking, of course, of Googling yourself. Whether you admit it or not, it’s perfectly natural to want to know who’s talking about you online! This is even more true with authors. If someone wrote a blog about your book, you want to know so you can see if it did anything for your sales. Or… Read More »4 Easy Ways To Track Your Online Buzz

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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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