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3 Quick Tips On Writing Diverse Characters

Want To Write Great Diverse Characters? Every day I hear from Bang2writers who want to write great female leads, characters of colour, or characters from the LGBT and disabled communities … but they’re scared of ‘getting it wrong’. If this is you as well, I have great news. It’s possible to write great diverse characters AND avoid the mistakes that worry you in advance. So let’s skip the fluff and go straight to those actionable quick tips that you can implement immediately. Quick Tip # 1: Avoid those ‘samey’ stories for diverse characters When writers want to attempt a diverse… Read More »3 Quick Tips On Writing Diverse Characters

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5 Useful Tips For Writers To Leverage Linkedin

All About Linkedin LinkedIn has proved to be the go-to place for professionals and an active platform for job seekers. If you’re a writer with the dream to connect with like-minded professionals, land a writing job, or to simply extend your network,  LinkedIn is a good place to start. So here goes the top 5 Tips to help you make the most of LinkedIn. Let’s begin … 1) Networking One of the best advantages of a platform like LinkedIn is the freedom it gives you in terms of creative expression and networking with the right people. People that you wouldn’t have… Read More »5 Useful Tips For Writers To Leverage Linkedin

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Aaron Sorkin: ‘I Love Writing But Hate Starting’

All About Aaron Sorkin Aaron Sorkin has to be one of the most prolific and celebrated Hollywood screenwriters working today. Working in both television and movies, he’s been responsible for such classics as  A FEW GOOD MEN (‘You can’t handle the truth!’) and THE WEST WING (‘I don’t need a babysitter. Bitch, are you deaf?‘). He also won an Oscar for THE SOCIAL NETWORK for best adapted screenplay. He’s also incredibly admired by Bang2writers … I have lost count of the number of times I have worked with writers who’ve said, ‘I want to write rapid-fire dialogue like Aaron Sorkin!’… Read More »Aaron Sorkin: ‘I Love Writing But Hate Starting’

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In JOKER, The Big Lesson Is There Is No Point

What’s The Point If you’ve seen JOKER (or even if you haven’t), you will be aware of the trillion articles, thinkpieces, tweets, statuses etc arguing about its point. I don’t think it’s unfair to say the reaction of the storytelling blogosphere and social media has been profoundly negative … Yet at the same time the movie has also reached dizzying heights of critical acclaim, also generating $290m in its first week. So what gives? Myself, I’ve never been a fan of the Joker as a character. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the poster boy for the stigmatising ‘psycho-killer’ trope in… Read More »In JOKER, The Big Lesson Is There Is No Point

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Top 5 Networking Mistakes Writers Make

Networking Mistakes You’ve been counting down for months, excited about the upcoming event you’re going to.  The plan is to network with agents, publishers and fellow writers.  In your head you’re fabulous at networking … Or are you?? In order to survive a networking event without disastrous consequences avoid making the following mistakes as though your life depends on it.  First impressions last a lifetime! Here’s what NOT to do when networking, plus what you should do instead. 1) You Ignore Others You’ve arrived. You’re milling through the crowds of people and spot someone your desperate to talk to.   However,… Read More »Top 5 Networking Mistakes Writers Make

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How To Be A Successful Writer – Tips From Joanna Penn

Be A Successful Writer – meet Joanna Penn! B2W always says it’s worth asking those who DO the job you want … So I cracked open my little black book and contacted successful ‘authorpreneur’, Joanna Penn. Joanna is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under ‘J.F.Penn’, she also writes non-fiction for authors. She’s also a podcaster and an award-winning creative entrepreneur. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 101 sites for writers by Writer’s Digest. What I love about Joanna’s advice here is it’s just as applicable for screenwriters as it is… Read More »How To Be A Successful Writer – Tips From Joanna Penn

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12 Amazing Authors Share Their First Draft Top Tips

First Things First First drafts seem to be your favourite part of the process, or THE WORST. For me, I hate every minute of the first draft – I guess it’s the editor in me! But since it’s November, that means Nanowrimo … So I thought I would crack open my email address book and ask some experts their first draft tips. Enjoy! 1) ‘Call Draft 1 a plan’ – Sophie Hannah Call it a really detailed plan, not a first draft – this takes the pressure right off! BIO: Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling author of psychological crime… Read More »12 Amazing Authors Share Their First Draft Top Tips

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How To Stop Being An Unhappy Writer

Unhappy Writers Are you an unhappy writer? Unhappy writers seem to be everywhere on social media. I’m not talking about recently rejected writers who need a little reassurance and moral support, either. (Tho talking about your rejections is a good idea!). No, the unhappy writer is that person who has lost sight of the REASONS they wanted to be a writer in the first place. Reading their threads and comments on social media, they will express frustration and anger. They will wonder why they can’t catch a break … Rage about how ‘lesser’ writers get a break … How ‘bad’… Read More »How To Stop Being An Unhappy Writer

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How To Get Past ‘No Unsolicited Material’

No Unsolicited Material? So Get It Solicited … I’m always hearing from Bang2writers bemoaning the number of prodcos and agents that tell them they’re not accepting new clients, or that they won’t consider unsolicited material. My answer? Get them to SOLICIT YOUR WORK. Le duh. After all, ‘no unsolicited material’ simply means ‘don’t send us still didn’t ask for’! Get them to ask for your work You CAN do this. Anyone can, if they know the right approach. But first there’s a couple of things you need to understand about the industry to really get your best chance of getting… Read More »How To Get Past ‘No Unsolicited Material’

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Is Your Writing As Good As You Think It Is?

Good Writing, Objectively Good writing is what everyone wants. Le duh. No writer starts a project, be it screenplay or novel, actively wanting it to be bad! That would make no sense whatsoever. But the dead reality is, most of the spec pile is NOT good. So, what does ‘good writing’ mean? And how do you KNOW yours is good? Why does your work deserve to be produced or published? Obviously everyone has personal preferences about what makes good writing. Some writers are lauded for stuff like dialogue, epic story worlds, nuanced themes, diverse characterisation, non linear plotting and so on. But what… Read More »Is Your Writing As Good As You Think It Is?

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10 Awesome Tips To Get Your Social Media Posts Noticed

Social Media Posts How do you get your posts noticed among the millions of others published on these social media platforms every day? Social media is a blessing for us writers. It has the potential to help our writing attain great heights. Plus, we don’t even have to spend a single penny while we’re at it. Sounds attractive, right … But how do writers do it well? Let’s see what you must do to ensure that you commit no social media marketing errors: 1.  Have a clear intention Ensure you are fully aware of the purpose that you want your social media… Read More »10 Awesome Tips To Get Your Social Media Posts Noticed

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A Spotlight On Due Diligence For Writers

Due Diligence Writers are urged to do their ‘due diligence’ a lot. This is especially relevant when it comes to finding and evaluating agents, producers and publishers, but also any services or we might pay money for. This may include obvious stuff like screenwriting, novel and short story contests, but also other things like writing courses, software and other things we may buy or use. However, as many Bang2writers may have noticed lately, there is a small but nevetherless stubborn contingent of writers around who think practicing ‘due diligence’ means slagging off and/or smearing people, products and services, especially on… Read More »A Spotlight On Due Diligence For Writers

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