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5 Ways To Stop Being A Tortured Artiste

Tortured Artistes, Inc The tortured artist. The alcoholic painter. The melancholic writer. The bipolar entertainer. The self-destructive singer. The dancer with the eating disorder. The raging actor. All stereotypes, but there are examples in the media all the time. Do you have to be ‘unhinged’ to be creative? Is the world is telling us that if you choose the path of the artist, you’re different? That you have to be mad, drunk, self-loathing, reckless or high? “You are not a beautiful and individual Snowflake” Fight Club Sorry to disappoint you, but these problems aren’t part of being creative any more than they are… Read More »5 Ways To Stop Being A Tortured Artiste

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Dear Writer

Dear Writer, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your work. Mixing genre, dialogue and characterisation in such a fashion without a discernible sense of structure or narrative logic had never occurred to me before, so it was quite a revelation. Thanks also for your insightful emails following my coverage of your work. Though script reading and writing is pretty much all I do, I would never have been able to recognise your evident enthusiasm without the guidance you showed me. Equally, your use of profane language and personal insults regarding my age/gender/work and production history* (*delete as… Read More »Dear Writer

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The Lone Wolf’s Guide To Collaboration by Samuel Caine

Some excellent advice here from Sam on collaborating – I’ve seen many writers (and also directors and producers) fall down on these points. It’s very tempting to want to do things your own way, but Film and TV *is* a collaborative medium. Don’t forget you can find others to collaborate with via Film Shorts Club. Enjoy! LV After the recent discussion of collaboration at the Bang2Write Facebook and Twitter, I’ve decided to write my own a guide to collaboration. This is a guide for people like me: the bad collaborators; the children that don’t play nice; the lone writing wolves.… Read More »The Lone Wolf’s Guide To Collaboration by Samuel Caine

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Kicking Arcs: Action Hero Journeys

SPOILERS PRESENT: TAKEN Following last week’s post about Horror Vs. Thriller, long term Bang2writer and all round top fella Ian Noakes had this question for me: In the movie TAKEN with Liam Neeson, does Liam have any kind of flaw he needs to overcome by the end of the story or doesn’t he change at all? If he does have a flaw, do you see it hindering his mission to find and save his daughter? It’s very tempting to view genre films as *mere* plot, with little room for characterisation – and this is one of the most oft-cited arguments… Read More »Kicking Arcs: Action Hero Journeys

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I’ll Kill You All And Then I’ll Eat Your Livers

Some days are just like that. Suck it up. Then write about it. Remember though: revenge is a dish best served cold. Not livers though – serve ’em up hot with onions. Alternatively, buy a cute, cuddly plush liver here. You know it makes sense.

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Character Types On Twitter

If you’re wondering how Twitter works or even if you’re there already, I thought I’d compose a (mostly) tongue in cheek about the types of characters you can find on there: The Dullard. We all know the one: s/he likes to tell us EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING at this given moment, all the time – whether it’s eating a sandwich, cooking or waiting for someone to pop round. Yawn. UNFOLLOW. The Oversharer. Whether it’s an anecdote about a urine infection, an ingrown toenail or the fact your dog is humping your leg RIGHT THIS MINUTE, we don’t want to hear… Read More »Character Types On Twitter

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Reptiles, Naked Chicks, Flesh Eating Beasties

Well I’ve been living in rejection city for some time now, but I’m reliably informed this is what happens when you’re a *real writer*. In fact, according to one of my contacts, I should be so lucky I get the opportunity in the first place to GET rejected. I had been too busy feeling sorry for myself regarding FIVE REJECTIONS IN FIVE DAYS ON FIVE PROJECTS I REALLY WANTED to think about it like that, so cheers. (You know who you are: one day… When you’re least expecting it… BLAM!!! ; ). The good news is I am WELL busy… Read More »Reptiles, Naked Chicks, Flesh Eating Beasties

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Life’s What You Make It…

… Don’t you just love cliches? Cliches may be easily disregarded – but I’ve always been of the opinion cliches become cliches because they’re actually true. Just like your mother offers advice you inevitably scoff at, there’s a part deep inside you where it resonates… Or it is at least filed away, for future ref: something will happen and then it clicks, “So THAT’S what she meant!” You only need half an eye on the blogs to notice that 2008 has been a difficult year for many of us, including myself. My issues have not just been career-orientated, though it’s… Read More »Life’s What You Make It…

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