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How Do I Pick A Writer’s Pseudonym? 6 Top Tips

Many thanks to Bang2writer Amber Isleib, who asks this question via the B2W contact form: Do you have any advice on picking a pseudonym? I’m sure I can’t be the only one struggling with this. It seems I either come up with something that sounds nice but is boring, or sounds weird but appeals to me for some dorky reason, but nothing fits what I want my professional persona to be. Help!!! Pick a name: 1) You identify with There’s no rules to this. You can pick whatever you want, you’re the one using it. Just because you’re female doesn’t… Read More »How Do I Pick A Writer’s Pseudonym? 6 Top Tips

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13 Ways NOT To Ask For Writing Advice Or Help

Don’t Ask For Writing Advice Like THIS … Need some writing advice? We all do from time to time, plus there are plenty of people out there – like B2W – who are glad to help. People were kind to me when I started and offered all kinds of writing advice. I WANT to pay it forward. But there are ways to ask for said writing advice! The internet means the people we want to speak to are only ever just a click away … Which can be GREAT or TERRIBLE (and too often the latter!). Chew on these 13… Read More »13 Ways NOT To Ask For Writing Advice Or Help

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How To Do Social Media … And How NOT To!

Yesterday, OnABlastblog’s Matt Banner told us about how writers can use their blogs to find success. He’s absolutely BANG on. Everything B2W is now, started with good blogging and social media use. Check out Matt’s great guest post, HERE. So it’s a fact that the internet has brought writers much “closer” to the industry in that we can reach out and talk to those we admire and want to work easier than ever before. In addition, writers can create internet presences, projects and even WHOLE CAREERS online. The barriers are well and truly coming down in the digital age. This… Read More »How To Do Social Media … And How NOT To!

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3 Reasons Why Writers Should Keep A Journal

I do a lot of courses and talks, plus I get lots of emails, tweets and messages from writers … A popular question is, “Where do you get your ideas from?”  My answer: EVERYWHERE! But my life is busy, so I keep a journal to record various fleeting thoughts, observations and important elements of my day. That’s why I thought this post from Tess is great advice for writers … Enjoy! To many of us, journals seem like a thing of the past. We have a tendency to treat the art of keeping a journal as something that’s no longer… Read More »3 Reasons Why Writers Should Keep A Journal

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3 Reasons To Back Up Your Screenplay Or Novel

Many thanks to Thomas from online backup company IDrive for getting in touch with B2W with this exciting news … IDrive online backup is offering Bang2writers VIA THIS POST ONLY an exclusive 75% off on the first year of their backup solution (1TB) for only $14.88!* In light of this deal, IDrive wanted to share why online backup is not only helpful to the writing process, but essential to keeping your work safe in the modern world. (*Use Dropbox already? Then check out IDrive compares below, or see the IDrive Dropbox comparison page). I think this is a fab deal —… Read More »3 Reasons To Back Up Your Screenplay Or Novel

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3 Best Ways To Organise Your Writing Office

Many thanks to Emily from OmniPapers, who’s been in touch with this GREAT infographic and 3 tips for organising your home office. When you’re a writer, having your own space is SO important – as I know only too well, working off my kitchen table! Hey ho, one day I’ll have an awesome desk LIKE THIS (**Homer Simpson Slavering Noises**!!! If you want to help me achieve my dream desk, BUY MY BOOKS! Hahaha!) In the meantime, over to you, Emily … Sophisticated writers claim that a well-organised home writing office motivates you to improve your writing skills. But let’s… Read More »3 Best Ways To Organise Your Writing Office

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Unusual Jobs Of Famous Writers

Many thanks to Unplag, who’ve been in touch with this great infographic on the unusual jobs famous writers have taken before they made it as an author. I think Jack London wins with “oyster pirate!” Not sure I can claim FAME yet on the same level as these guys below, but I *have* had my fair share of unusual and menial jobs! I’ve been a costume worker (dressed as a bear and a gnome, no less!); a cashier;  a waitress; a garage attendant; I’ve also worked in payroll, in an ice cream parlour, a waffles joint and a doughnut place. I’ve… Read More »Unusual Jobs Of Famous Writers

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3 Quick, Useful And FREE Ways For Writers to Stay Up-To-Date

Someone once said to me, “The internet is like the biggest library in the world, but all the books are on the floor.” I can SO relate to this. With so much great content online, it can be difficult to know where to **start** when it comes to sourcing help and opinions on writing. But the good news is, it’s never been easier to navigate the web and get what you want/need. So, if you’re sick of being the last to know about helpful articles and tips on writing, plus you’re wondering how some people always seem to know before YOU… Read More »3 Quick, Useful And FREE Ways For Writers to Stay Up-To-Date

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4 Indispensable Social Media Platforms For Writers

Look, a social media presence these days is non-negotiable for a writer. There’s no getting away from that. When agents, producers, filmmakers and potential collaborators may Google you to check you out – and they will – then you HAVE to ensure you have a good shop window. BUT I also get that some people would rather stick pins in their eyes than go online and engage with strangers, even if they *are* fellow writers.  Plus if you have limited time to write – and god knows we ALL do – then it can seem like dangerous procrastination. Or maybe… Read More »4 Indispensable Social Media Platforms For Writers

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Top 5 Tips For The Long Distance Screenwriter

As a Devon dweller, I can SO relate to Liam’s points here – but as I always say, you DON’T have to live in London to make a screenwriting career in the UK, so here’s his top 5 tips for the long distance screenwriter! Enjoy … I live in a part of rural Ireland where life is less like The Quiet Man and more like Deliverance. Here, writing isn’t a particularly celebrated profession; tell locals you’re a writer and you’re apt to get cock-eyed looks before they resume advising you about how to slope your slurry floor. Writers breaking in… Read More »Top 5 Tips For The Long Distance Screenwriter

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The Transmedia Starter Kit

Lots of Bang2writers are interested in Transmedia, but have no clue where to start – so here’s Luke with a short but sweet “step by step” guide to getting started. Thanks Luke! So, no excuses people … what are you waiting for?! There’s so much information out there on the internet, it’s hard to know what’s relevant and what isn’t. Particularly with Transmedia. It’s such a broad term that it invites chaos when trying to find out how to start in Transmedia yourself. So I wanted to create a small list of resources – inspiration, tools, books, blogs, etc, to… Read More »The Transmedia Starter Kit

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5 Things I Learned In A 10 Min Q + A With Luc Besson

I’ve been a huge fan of Luc Besson since I was a teenager in the 90s and THE FIFTH ELEMENT came out (“I am Corbin Dallas!”) so I was delighted to receive KT Parker’s guest post on LUCY, which obviously Luc named after **me**! Thanks KT and enjoy, everybody … LUCY hit the screens in Paris last week and Luc Besson, who both wrote and directed it, was doing no less than 6 “avant-premières” all over town. Those of you who don’t live in France may be wondering, what on earth is an avant-première? Well, it’s like a première minus… Read More »5 Things I Learned In A 10 Min Q + A With Luc Besson

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