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5 Reasons Every Writer Should Have A Blog

If you write for a living, you have a career that many others envy. You pick your own hours; you pick your own location; you pick the type of writing you want to do – so long as someone is willing to pay for it, that is! Being a freelancer means constant hustling; you will always have to market yourself to potential new employers, marketplaces, agents, publishers and filmmakers. And one of the best ways to do that is to have a blog, creating a following and platform for your work. Here are five things you will get out of… Read More »5 Reasons Every Writer Should Have A Blog

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The 1 Sentence That Will Kill Your Story DEAD

7 Little Words … There’s a single sentence that I find myself asking Bang2writers all the time … and it’s probably not what you think it is. It’s not: – “What the hell is this??” – “How did you think this is a good idea??” – or even, “Are you on crack??” This is cuz, contrary to popular to belief – not to mention the smack talk on this blog – B2W is always very respectful of writers, guiding them to various realisations about their work (both good and bad) WITHOUT the need for smashing them over the head with… Read More »The 1 Sentence That Will Kill Your Story DEAD

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How To Assign A Character’s Race In A Screenplay

Race, Variety & Authenticity It’s important for writers to think about race, because representation matters. It’s part of the B2W remit. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know one of my books is titled, Writing Diverse Characters For Fiction, TV or Film. In the course of my research for the book, I talked to a multitude of producers, literary agents, filmmakers, publishers, authors and even actors for their thoughts on this issue, from ALL types of backgrounds, which has been a real eye-opener. I’ve also put my own thoughts under the microscope about what ‘diversity’ really means when it comes… Read More »How To Assign A Character’s Race In A Screenplay

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12 Quick Tips To Improve Your Writing Right Now

As a writer, you are often judged solely by what is on the page or the screen. This means you need to ensure you know exactly what you are doing! Here’s 12 quick tricks to take your writing to the next level and increase your confidence: 1)    Brush up on the basics The least you can do before you submit or publish is check for basic errors in spelling and grammar. Before you even begin an important writing task, read up on basic grammar rules and sentence structure, and never submit anything without running it through a spell-checker first. 2)   … Read More »12 Quick Tips To Improve Your Writing Right Now

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3 Important Tips About Theme And Story

1) Theme – A Definition Many thanks to Robert Maitland who asks: I’ve written a screenplay and I am struggling to define the theme. I thought I had understood what the theme/premise was, but on sending it to someone they disagreed. I was wondering if you could offer any advice? If we look up ‘theme’ in the dictionary, you’ll see key words from the definition in the graphic above: ‘subject‘, ‘topic’, ‘idea‘, ‘recurs’ and ‘pervade‘. In layman’s terms then, theme is what your story is ‘REALLY ABOUT’ at foundation level. 2) The Importance of Theme Some writers attach a lot… Read More »3 Important Tips About Theme And Story

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How To Write Young People That Are Actually Realistic

Young People Wanted Young people hardly ever turn up in the spec pile. Yet young people characters are BOUND to get a script reader’s spidey-senses going (and not in a good way). Why? Because too often representations of  young people are TERRIBLE and two dimensional! To ensure YOU don’t fall into the trap of writing a dud, chew on these pointers for size: 1) Don’t make them sound too young First up, the obvious. The typical child in a spec screenplay is nearly always wildly ‘off’ in tone, especially if they’re toddlers up to the age of approximately eight. They’ll sound… Read More »How To Write Young People That Are Actually Realistic

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5 Simple Ways You Can Source Great Character Ideas

While plot is important, any script will fall flat without the right characters to propel it forwards. Making the audience like (or hate) and care about the characters is extremely important, so you can’t just create a one-dimensional and bland template that you fit to every character. Rather, you should draw on inspiration to make your characters all as unique and interesting as possible. Try these sources next time you need a new character idea: 1) Your past It’s not a good idea to base a character directly on someone you know, as you might end up being sued for defamation… Read More »5 Simple Ways You Can Source Great Character Ideas

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Why You Need Guts To Write The Good Stuff

  Working with writers as a script editor, I seem to spend just as much time counselling them (like an agony aunt!) as I do talking about writing craft! That’s okay. I like being an agony aunt and offering encouragement and moral support. As I’ve written on this blog before, sometimes a writer’s biggest obstacle is confidence in themselves. I’ve felt this way too. I get it. BUT — BUT –BUT … … Just as often, it’s not about confidence, but GUTS.  Let me explain the difference. Writers frequently come to me, wanting to make a statement. It’s all they… Read More »Why You Need Guts To Write The Good Stuff

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How To Build Your Own Online Platform

Many thanks to Bang2writer Karen who asked for my thoughts on building a platform/following online. If you’re thinking of launching yourself into the virtual world as a writer, here’s some tips to think on based on my own experiences. Remember, if you have a burning question for the blog that’s not been covered before, or you want to write a guest post yourself – then contact me via email, post in the Facebook group, or tweet me! Building your own online platform is not difficult in terms of set up, but it is difficult to a) know where to start… Read More »How To Build Your Own Online Platform

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10 Quick Tips To Get You Inspired

When writing is your passion but you just don’t have that inspiration coming through, it’s time to look around. There are many things surrounding us every day that could inspire and motivate us. If you are stressed out, it may be difficult to see. Even the best writers sometimes find themselves without an idea to write about. But we live in a world full of information and inspiration. Let’s look at some tips for finding it and getting you inspired!  1) Look at blogs I love blogs because they are personal and intimate. You are able to get into the… Read More »10 Quick Tips To Get You Inspired

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