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Top 5 Screenplay Notes And What They REALLY Mean

Screenplay Notes Screenplay notes … Love them or hate ’em, we need ‘em! It’s a fact that rewriting your screenplay or television pilot is an absolutely essential part of the successful process of perfecting story, character, structure, tone and theme. Since every script’s problems will be different, some of these standard notes may not apply and writers will need more specific observations to help fix its problems. The following are the most common notes given and how to tackle them … 1) Please clarify Simply put, something doesn’t make sense. Whatever it is, it’s taken us out of the flow… Read More »Top 5 Screenplay Notes And What They REALLY Mean

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Spotlight On Structure: The Story Circle by Dan Harmon

All About Dan Harmon Dan Harmon is an American writer, producer, and actor. Harmon created and produced the NBC sitcom Community; he also co-created the animated series Rick and Morty. He’s also an industry mover and shaker, having co-founded the alternative television network and website Channel 101. In other words, he’s not only a creative, but a guy who knows the whole caboodle! Harmon is also the creator of a structural visual representation he calls ‘The Story Circle’. One of the primary remits of B2W is writing craft, especially structure, so I thought I’d put it under the microscope like… Read More »Spotlight On Structure: The Story Circle by Dan Harmon

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10 Quick Tips About Writing Non Linear Stories

Non Linear Stories My non linear novel, Never Have I Ever, is out this week. To celebrate, I thought I’d put non linearity under the microscope, since Bang2writers LOVE to write books and screenplays with this much misunderstood craft element. Ready? Then let’s go … 1) It’s all about story, not stylistics If you want to write a non linear story because it’s ‘cool’, STOP. Does your story *need* to be non linear?? This is one of the questions I ask as a script editor … and 9/10, the answer is NO. Don’t think stylistics, but STORY here – concept… Read More »10 Quick Tips About Writing Non Linear Stories

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6 Crucial Storytelling Tips You Will Thank Me For

Every Bang2writer knows storytelling is not easy. But whether you’re writing a novel, screenplay or any other kind of writing (including sales copy, blogs and other content), incorporating storytelling in your writing is a MUST! Ready? Let’s go … 1) Show, don’t tell Yes, this line has become a bit of a cliché throughout the writing industry. However, that doesn’t make it any less true. As we rush to meet deadlines or to push out new content, it’s one of the easiest habits to forget. The concept seems straightforward, but the subtle difference between the two can trip up writers… Read More »6 Crucial Storytelling Tips You Will Thank Me For

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2 Important Types of Protagonist You Need To Know

Types of Protagonist Protagonist … Main Character … Hero. We use lots of interchangeable words for this character. Most writers know the gist of what makes this type of character great …She or he needs to want something and go through hell to get it, whether that’s literal, metaphorical or both. But now audiences want more more variety to their protagonists and the types of story they are in. With this in mind, I thought I would put B2W’s two types of protagonist under the microscope. I put it to you there are TWO types of main character … Ones… Read More »2 Important Types of Protagonist You Need To Know

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4 Quick Screenwriting Tips From Novelists

Screenwriting Tips From Novelists A surprising number of famous novelists have also worked as screenwriters. It’s understandable that many writers would choose to express themselves in both ways. After all, the fundamentals are similar. Tell a story. Create engaging characters. Touch people emotionally. Although the formats may be different, screenwriting and novel writing have a lot in common. Personally, I always find it fascinating to learn from creative people who practice more than one form of art. Often, insights from one area can be applied to another. Novelists can offer unique perspectives on screenwriting. Today, I’d like to share four… Read More »4 Quick Screenwriting Tips From Novelists

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In The Spotlight: Billy Wilder’s Top 10 Writing Tips

All About Billy Wilder Billy Wilder’s considered one of the best screenwriters and filmmakers in film history. Working with other greats like Raymond Chandler during the golden era of Hollywood, Wilder co-wrote and directed such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, and Double Indemnity. In short, Wilder’s the bee’s knees and screenwriting royalty! I re-posted his top 10 writing tips to the Bang2write instagram recently and it went WILD. Which one is your favourite and why? Let us know! 1) ‘The audience is fickle.’ Notice Wilder says ‘fickle’, NOT stupid. It’s very fashionable for writers to… Read More »In The Spotlight: Billy Wilder’s Top 10 Writing Tips

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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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3 Powerful Writing Tips From JOKER

** SPOILER FREE ** I rather loved JOKER. The design. The universe. The cinematography. The story arc. The performance. My god, the performance. The soundscape and music score. Love the music by Hildur Guðnadóttir. LOVE. Here’s what I think writers can learn from this provocative and compelling film … Ready? Then let’s go! 1) Joker is in almost EVERY scene This is pretty unusual as most filmmakers and actors cannot pull off such intense optics and story pressure. It sounds easy. It’s not. I can’t think of many actors who can keep our attention for the duration. It also means… Read More »3 Powerful Writing Tips From JOKER

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Top 5 Subplot Mistakes Writers Make

All About Subplots Subplots are key to making a killer script. But misusing them can also be its downfall. So, what is a subplot? A subplot is a secondary storyline which runs parallel to the main story. They are the secret to making a truly compelling screenplay and can be the lifeblood of your act two. Great subplots allow you to bring meat to your script, flush out your storyline, and reveal new aspects of your central and supporting character’s personality. All too often subplots are under-utilised or go way off the rails. Let’s look at a few hazards to… Read More »Top 5 Subplot Mistakes Writers Make

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Why Being An Expert At Structure Helps Your Writing

Why You Should Be A Structure Expert NEWSFLASH: you need to become a structure expert. I often say this, but writers resist this. They will say that they ‘can’t’ do it by themselves … That structure wrecks their spontaneity … Or all structure is just a formula … Or they’re pantsers … WHATEVER. Fact is, these writers just don’t want to do the work. Yet the writers who DO the work will … Never get stuck in The Story Swamp  Make powerful connections with their target audiences by design Develop the tools, such as different plotting archetypes Never write repetitively… Read More »Why Being An Expert At Structure Helps Your Writing

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8 Steps To Analyse A Successful Story

To Analyse: A Definition Bang2writers have been asking me how to analyse a story to help their writing. It’s something I recommend, because it gets us into the analytical frame of mind. This in turn helps us think about our own stories and what they need. You can read all my #B2WReviews here.  But how do we get into this mindset? It’s worth remembering that emotion and anticipation go together. This means, the more you know (or thinkyou know), the more likely you are to be disappointed by a story. It’s just the way it goes. Disappointment can breed negativity and that’s rarely productive for… Read More »8 Steps To Analyse A Successful Story

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