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30 Top Tips For Your Younger (Writer) Self

Advice For Your Younger (Writer) Self Got some advice for your younger (writer) self? It’s so easy to look back with hindsight and go ‘Ooops! My younger (writer) self was a bit of a tit.‘ Yup … Been there, done that! I sat down and identified a whopping 30 pieces of advice for our younger (writer) selves. Have I missed any?? Be sure to add your own in the comments. Let’s go … 1) Start NOW Seriously … now. Don’t wait. Conditions will always be impossible and the odds will never get better. So get going! 2) Follow your passion Never… Read More »30 Top Tips For Your Younger (Writer) Self

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Why Novelists Should Write Outlines Just Like Screenwriters

Outlines: For Or Against?  It seems every writer has an opinion on outlines! But often writers will fall into two camps … Those who do write outlines and those who don’t. Generally speaking, novelists who do outline tend to advocate the practice as the ‘common sense’ approach. Their outlines may be super-detailed or broad strokes.  The uber-organised authors may even use spreadsheets to keep track of every minute detail in their book … or they may use bullet points, notes to self or similar instead. In contrast, novelists who don’t outline are often very loud online. Such writers like Stephen… Read More »Why Novelists Should Write Outlines Just Like Screenwriters

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How To Become A Writer Without An Expensive University Course

Expensive University Courses If you want to become a writer but worry about how expensive university courses are, save your money. Learn what they teach you on a Creative Writing degree, without the expensive debt. Here are the top 5 things they teach on a Creative Writing BA … Ready? Let’s go! 1) Think like a writer It might sound strange but the first thing they teach you on a Creative Writing BA is how to “think like a writer”. That should go without saying you might think, but here are some handy tips they taught us … Make sure… Read More »How To Become A Writer Without An Expensive University Course

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9 Massive Career Mistakes to Avoid Making as a Writer

How To Avoid Career Mistakes Afraid of career mistakes? You are not alone … Being a writer is not the easiest of career path choices. You can be the most talented and hardworking writer out there, but if you make any of these ten career mistakes your career will hardly get off the ground. Here is our best advice for writers attempting to get off the ground. Ready? Let’s go … Mistake #1: Forgetting to Forge Connections One of the biggest mistakes that writers can make is to isolate themselves. Even though the job can be done in isolation, it… Read More »9 Massive Career Mistakes to Avoid Making as a Writer

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How To Build Your Self-Esteem As A Writer: 5 Top Tips

How To Build Your Self-Esteem You may think building your self-esteem as a writer is very difficult. Working as a professional writer can be challenging as there are so many talented writers all over the world. Being confident in what you do is one of the most important things you will need to excel. This means you need to build your self-esteem as quickly as possible. To help you overcome this feeling, here are some important steps to follow. These can help you you’re your self-esteem and become more confident in your writing skills. Ready? Let’s go … 1) Get… Read More »How To Build Your Self-Esteem As A Writer: 5 Top Tips

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10 Quick Tips For Your Writer’s Resumé

All About The Resumé Most writing submissions require a writer’s resumé now. Bang2writers are always asking me what they should include in theirs, so I thought I would pull together my top tips for you. Ready? Let’s go … 1) Presentation is everything First impressions count. Make sure your resumé (aka your CV, if you’re a Brit like me) LOOKS professional. There’s no set way to do this, so don’t panic … It’s more a case of ‘you’ll know it when you see it’. Swapping with your writing peers is a great idea to see what works and what doesn’t… Read More »10 Quick Tips For Your Writer’s Resumé

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A Step By Step Guide To Get Started Making Money Writing Online

Getting Started Bang2writers often write to me, asking how they get started writing online articles for money. Such articles are often called ‘content writing’.  These can be a great way for writers to start their writing careers because … Writers have to pitch their ideas for articles (like they would screenplays & novels) They have to consider target audience (‘WHO is this for? WHAT am I trying to say?’) They make useful contacts who can connect them to other useful people Writers add to their online reach (so agents, producers and publishers will see their writing) It’s a good way… Read More »A Step By Step Guide To Get Started Making Money Writing Online

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How To Banish Impostor Syndrome From Your Writing Life For Good

What Is Impostor Syndrome? Impostor Syndrome is defined in the dictionary as … ‘the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills.’ It’s not difficult to see why writers fall foul of impostor syndrome so much. When you are a creative, your efforts are frequently forgotten, underestimated or simply not acknowledged … Even by the people we care about! As a result we can internalise this invalidation and turn it on ourselves. Before we know it, even if we are successful we’re caught in the… Read More »How To Banish Impostor Syndrome From Your Writing Life For Good

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10 Arguments Against Content Warnings … And Why They’re Wrong

All About Content Warnings Content warnings (sometimes conflated with trigger warnings) are those missives that suggest some viewers should exercise caution with watching or reading the story and characters of a book, TV show or movie. Here are some standard content warnings we have all seen … ‘Contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing’ ‘Parental advisory: explicit content’ ‘Contains scenes of a sexual nature’ ‘Contains strong language.’ ‘Includes sexual violence or dubious consent’ Of course, for some people, content warnings have the opposite effect and make them MORE eager to read or watch something. This is why others may… Read More »10 Arguments Against Content Warnings … And Why They’re Wrong

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10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling

Need Help With Misspelling? Misspelling words come with the territory when you’re a writer … Hell, I discovered when writing this headline *I* have been misspelling this word as ‘mispell’!! FML. There are lots of common words writers misspell frequently, too. The infographic below lists some of the most common misspelled words with some amusing explanations to keep them in mind. Whilst B2W believes that grammar, spelling and punctuation purists can go F themselves, it’s still wise to work out which words give us consistent trouble. This way, we can find strategies to ensure they don’t trip us up in… Read More »10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling

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Top 3 Useful Tips For Getting Your Book Written

Useful Writing Tips One of the most useful writing tips I ever heard was ‘know your own industry’. The more familiar we are with what’s gone before us, the more likely we will hit the bullseye ourselves. This is one of the main remits of this blog, in fact. As any veteran reader of this site knows, I love to think about what iconic writers did in the past. Veteran author Ernest Hemingway apparently said ‘the first draft of anything is always shit’. He is also thought to have said, ‘the only kind of writing is rewriting’. Whilst he was… Read More »Top 3 Useful Tips For Getting Your Book Written

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Want to Become A Successful Writer? Follow These 6 Tips

How To Become A Successful Writer A lot of people think it is easy to become a successful writer. Simply type out your story on your laptop, get it published or produced, then you’ve ‘made it’ … right?? Nope, not even close! There’s a lot that goes into becoming a successful writer. Here are some tips that might help you on your journey, whether you want to be a screenwriter or author (or both!). Ready? Let’s go … 1)    Keep Writing Try to write every day, even if it is only for a little bit of time. Here’s some suggestions… Read More »Want to Become A Successful Writer? Follow These 6 Tips

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