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How to Gather Your Thoughts When You Have A Creative Crisis

Surviving A Creative Crisis A creative crisis hits everyone, no matter what they do. Similar issues arise in the creative fields as well as in everyday life. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to write: a book, an article for a blog, or anything else. Because inspiration is unpredictable and fleeting, you must be able to write without waiting for it. Here are six simple tips that should help in this situation. 1) Set yourself up for only a few minutes of work In fact, persuading yourself to work for a couple of minutes is very easy. It’s much harder… Read More »How to Gather Your Thoughts When You Have A Creative Crisis

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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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5 Things Writers Can Learn From MAYANS M.C

About Mayans M.C Sons of Anarchy spin-off show Mayans M.C is a great example of how diversity and inclusion can literally make storytelling better, both in front of and behind the camera. I was a huge fan of SOA back in the day. I love a hyper-masculine storyworld and I found the intricacies of this one were (mostly) delicious … BUT on re-watching all 7 series on Netflix I noticed it felt rather dated in comparison to other broadly similar crime series from the same era like Justified. I felt this was largely because of SOA’s fudged commentary on race,… Read More »5 Things Writers Can Learn From MAYANS M.C

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6 Writing Tricks That Grab Readers’ Attention

How To Grab Readers’ Attention In any storytelling technique, the first word, phrase or sentence is usually what grabs the reader’s attention. This phenomenon is especially true in fiction where you have an opening that immediately draws the reader in. In content marketing (aka blogging!), this phenomenon is known as the ‘hook’ appeal. Hook appeal is what gets your potential readers or customers engaged – what hooks them into wanting to know more and buying your idea or products. The ‘hook’ is the point where you capture or lose your readers’ attention. For example, the title of this piece intrigued… Read More »6 Writing Tricks That Grab Readers’ Attention

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Top 5 Basic Story Mistakes Even Pro Writers Make

Too Basic? I always find it interesting when writers talk about books, courses, articles etc being ‘too basic’ for them. In my experience, NO ONE is above revisiting the basic principles of storytelling … Not least because there are SO MANY spec screenplays and unpublished novels in the submissions pile that make zero sense! By the way, YES, I include myself on this. If we don’t keep the basics in mind at all times, we can go off-piste very quickly. I am always looking for refreshers on stuff like concept, character and structure … I might learn something new or… Read More »Top 5 Basic Story Mistakes Even Pro Writers Make

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10 Simple Steps For Revising Your Draft

So, You’ve Finished Your Draft! Congratulations, but you still have work to do: revising it!! But where to start?? If you are feeling overwhelmed, then check out these 10 revision pointers for novels or screenplays. They can act as a handy checklist for revising your draft. Good luck … 1) Wait! First up, do NOTHING. That’s right … Just let that novel sit in a drawer or on your computer’s desktop. Do absolutely zilch with it, for a couple of days (minimum) or weeks (preferred) or months (maximum). Let your subconscious bubble away, revising any of your story’s problems as… Read More »10 Simple Steps For Revising Your Draft

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10 Quick Tips To Make Your Writing Craft Better

Diane Glazman On Writing Craft Diane Glazman is a writer, developmental editor and expert on writing craft. I met Diane virtually at the Thoughtful Book Festival this summer and was really impressed with her thoughts on writing craft. I obviously had to invite her to share with you Bangers! Diane has written for an eclectic mix of publications, plus her clients include New York Times bestsellers and Amazon top sellers. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Mounted Patrol in the Marin Headlands. Over to Diane and… Read More »10 Quick Tips To Make Your Writing Craft Better

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6 Top Tips On Writing Characters of Colour

Writing Characters of Colour Lots of white Bang2writers say they want to write characters of colour, but are afraid of ‘getting it wrong’. So I am delighted to welcome eight talented black screenwriters to the site today to share their top writing tips. The writers below all appear in the curated list Highly Recommended Scripts by Black Screenwriters, curated by @avishaiw. If you are a producer or filmmaker, make sure you check the list out! If you are not, please pass it on by sharing it via your profiles and pages. Thanks! 1) ‘Be open to others’ thoughts’ ‘My best tip:… Read More »6 Top Tips On Writing Characters of Colour

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15 Awesome Tips For Cutting Down Your Page Count

All About Cutting Down Page Count Cutting down scripts is an essential tool of the trade for writers. Last week I had to cut a script down from 138 pages to the required 104. Losing 34 pages is no mean feat, but most of us will have to do this at some point … Some writers will find themselves cutting down even more! I’m a writer who continually overwrites (I’d rather have too much than too little). This means cutting down page count is a skill I’ve developed over the last few years. Here’s my top tips on how to do… Read More »15 Awesome Tips For Cutting Down Your Page Count

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How To Watch And Break Down A TV Show Episode

Watch & Learn Lots of my Bang2writers say they’re going to watch TV shows ‘for work’ … but then don’t do any work! They just enjoy them. Tsk. Naughty writers! But seriously, you CAN watch whatever you like *and* learn from these produced TV shows at the same time. I’m going to show you how to do this, using the free B2W plotting worksheet, which you can download HERE. By the way, you can watch stuff if you’re a novelist too! Everything I know about novel writing, I learned from watching movies and TV shows. Similarly, you can watch different… Read More »How To Watch And Break Down A TV Show Episode

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