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How To Develop Your Structural Toolbox

What Is A Structural Toolbox? Do you have a structural toolbox? When most writers (novelist or screenwriter) have structural problems in their drafts, having a structural toolbox can pay dividends. But what is this?? Put simply, a structural toolbox is the foundation work all writers need to put in to ensure they … understand how structure works in their novel or screenplay can apply structural techniques to their writing Think of it as a collection of ‘stuff’ you have to hand in order to identify and fix your stories. I like to call it a structural toolbox because one size… Read More »How To Develop Your Structural Toolbox

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16 Easy Ways To Unlock Your Creativity

Spark Your Passion Lots of Bang2writers have told me lately their creativity has taken a dive during lockdown. With so much upheaval and uncertainty in our lives right now, it’s no surprise. This is why I’ve designated this week ‘Passion Week’ across the B2W network. Uber-author and 21 time NYT bestseller Jerry Jenkins kicked us off with How To Rekindle Your Passion for Writing. Now, Expert Editor have got in touch with a great infographic with 16 ways to spark your passion for writing again. I love their idea of ‘creative exercise’ for your brain. Make sure you check it… Read More »16 Easy Ways To Unlock Your Creativity

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An Epic Rundown of the LSF365 Live Script Edit Pile

LSF365 Live Script Edit 2020 So, it was the B2W LSF365 Live Script Edit last night! I have been doing the Live Script Edit for the festival for years now. I’m never failed to be impressed by the plucky writers who offer up their pages for dissection in this session! Seriously, let’s all be upstanding for them … Round of applause! LSF365 is the first time I did the session virtually. This year, I got 52 submissions. This is not the most I’ve ever received for this session, but it’s definitely up there. This gave me a crazy idea … ‘What… Read More »An Epic Rundown of the LSF365 Live Script Edit Pile

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10 Simple Tips For Getting A Full Read

Everyone Wants A Full Read It’s well known that script readers will assess a spec script’s first 10 pages to see if should get a full read. Whether we think it fair or not, it’s just the way of the industry. When there are so many submissions out there, this makes sense time-wise. So for your best chance of getting a full read, here’s my take from the other side of the desk … Ready? Let’s go! 1) Start as you mean to go on! If you want a full read, then give the script reader a sense you know… Read More »10 Simple Tips For Getting A Full Read

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A Screenwriter’s Guide to Navigating The Pandemic Lockdown

How to Navigate Lockdown: 3 Tips for Screenwriters What if you could get something good out of the lockdown? Your main priority should be to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. But the pandemic won’t last forever. Think about it like this: once the lockdown will be over, wouldn’t it be great to come out of it with a truly unique and exciting screen story? Maybe up until now, it was hard for you to focus on your fantasy world with all the everyday responsibilities and noise. Well, now there’s time to really dig deep into it.… Read More »A Screenwriter’s Guide to Navigating The Pandemic Lockdown

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6 Tips On How to Write Compelling Dialogue

How to Write Compelling Dialogue Writing compelling dialogue seems to be one of the hardest nuts to crack in the writing world. Many writers struggle with how to make the conversations not only feel real, but also propel the story forward. The good news is, you can learn how to write compelling dialogue in the following steps … 1) Determine the mood of your story What would you like your readers to feel overall when they read your novel or watch your screenplay? This plays an important part in how you write your dialogue. Is it a funny, heartwarming story?… Read More »6 Tips On How to Write Compelling Dialogue

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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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Top 10 Struggles Writers Go Through In The Industry

Reality Check Lots of writers believe they’ve ‘made it’ when their screenplay gets optioned, but the reality is that’s when their struggles REALLY begin! I’m delighted to welcome movie producer and novelist Burt Weissbourd to B2W today. If you have faced any of the struggles Burt lists below, then know you are in good company! Over to you Burt … Top 10 (Normal) Struggles When Writing A Screenplay From My Experiences Developing Hollywood Scripts I came to Hollywood in 1975 to produce feature films. Aged only 26 years old, I didn’t know anyone in the movie business, but I’d stumbled… Read More »Top 10 Struggles Writers Go Through In The Industry

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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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Why A Vague Logline Kills Your Pitch DEAD

Vague, A Definition Newsflash: a vague logline kills your pitch … But then we know this. Every Bang2writer paying attention knows a logline (aka short pitch) should have CLARITY. It’s one of what B2W calls ‘The 3 Cs’ (clarity, conflict, clarity). Without clarity, we got nothin’. So why then, are there SO MANY vague loglines flying about?  First, it’s helpful to consider what we mean by ‘vague’. Here’s the dictionary definition of vague, below. Check out those keywords and synonyms … uncertain indefinite unclear hazy cloudy For the purposes of this post then, when we say a logline is ‘too… Read More »Why A Vague Logline Kills Your Pitch DEAD

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