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‘You Are Not Alone’: How To Beat Challenges As A Writer

Writing Challenges We all have challenges to our writing. In today’s world we all live busy, hectic lives and sometimes it can feel impossible to finish writing what we started. But what about those of us who face extra obstacles or challenges that can make writing a page feel like writing War and Peace? Exploring diversity and the need for equal opportunities in today’s world, I have interviewed 10 writers with mental health issues, disabilities or special learning needs. Each sharing their own unique stories, they have offered up some advice for other writers. Here’s what they all had to… Read More »‘You Are Not Alone’: How To Beat Challenges As A Writer

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Productivity Matters: How To Get Stuff Done

All About Productivity Productivity is a key concern of Bang2writers. It’s not difficult to see why: procrastination is a huge problem for writers. It’s easy to get stuck in a non-productive rut. We are daydreamers after all! So, if you’re a hobby writer wanting to turn pro, or a pro wanting to get more done, you need to learn how to boost your productivity. Luckily, we at B2W Headquarters have put together this handy round-up to help you make the most of your writing time. 1) 11 Habits That Can Transform Your Productivity Create good habits. Sounds easy, doesn’t it??… Read More »Productivity Matters: How To Get Stuff Done

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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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The Rejected Writer’s Ultimate Survival Guide

Been Rejected? Join the club! Who wants to be rejected? No one! We all want agents, publishers or producers to say, ‘We love it! Here’s a bag of money!’ Wouldn’t that be great??? Alas, you can’t be a winner unless you know what it is to be a loser. Some writers are rejected a handful of times before that all important YES happens. Some are rejected repeatedly for years. But ALL of us have to find a way to deal with this inevitable part of the industry. Here’s a round-up of everything you need to know about the dreaded ‘R’… Read More »The Rejected Writer’s Ultimate Survival Guide

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How To Write Great Openers That Grab The Reader

All About Openers Openers are a very, very important part of the spec screenplay. Screenwriting is a visual medium, so this makes sense. But as noted in this previous post on openers, too often writers end up using repetitive opening images … Worse still, they may not even use them at all. Eeek! But it can be difficult to source screenplays with good examples of visuals in. If they are produced, the filmmaker might have put their own stamp on it. Or we may be reading a much earlier draft or transcript. It can be really hard to tell. But here’s the… Read More »How To Write Great Openers That Grab The Reader

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Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make With Low Budget Horror

Low budget horror has been all the rage for YEARS now. But don’t take my word for it  — I’ve drafted in an expert, Samantha Horley, an ex sales agent. Sam used to work at such companies as Salt and Summit Entertainment, so really knows her onions – she even helped make the commercial success that was The Blair Witch Project. Over to you, Sam! Low Budget Mistakes I get approached regularly by investors, sales companies and distributors, directors and producers, looking for low budget horror films. Some of them even  have that rare beast – the cash to fully… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make With Low Budget Horror

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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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5 Things I’ve Learned As A Professional Writer

Be Professional Want to be a professional writer? Well, here’s Bang2writer Ewen Glass with the skinny on what he’s learned along the way on his own journey … Enjoy! 1) Find your voice So, yeah, we’re not exactly starting with an easy one. In fact, this is probably the hardest thing on this list, precisely because it’s the most important. Structure, character-creation, world-building, effective writing on the page, formatting… it can all be learned to some degree. What really makes you stand out as a writer is you. Your background, your point-of-view, your voice. What do you offer that nobody… Read More »5 Things I’ve Learned As A Professional Writer

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25 Epic Years of JURASSIC PARK: What Can Writers Learn?

Jurassic Snark Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came out last week to coincide with 25 years of the franchise. Needless to say, many official critics gave the new instalment a kicking, plus there was the inevitable cries on social media about it ‘not being as good’ as the original. But love or hate the new Jurassic Worlds, there’s plenty for us to learn as writers from the franchise. You ready for another instalment of Movie Lessons For Writers? OBVIOUSLY there will be *some* spoilers for the franchise as a whole,  but only mild ones. So let’s go … 1) Entertainment first, ALWAYS… Read More »25 Epic Years of JURASSIC PARK: What Can Writers Learn?

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The Important Advice Screenwriters NEED To Hear

Hear Ye, Hear Ye Look, I know you don’t want to hear this, but here’s a big fat truth bomb for you this morning … You’re wasting your time.  Some of you will be outraged to hear this. Others will say, ‘I KNEW it!!’ Most of you will shrug and quote William Goldman, ‘Nobody knows anything.’  But trust me: I’m right. Just probably not the way you think I mean. Let me explain. Build it & they will come? Imagine a person making something … Let’s say a house. S/he is a master (or mistress!) in their field. They’ve worked… Read More »The Important Advice Screenwriters NEED To Hear

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The Truth About People Of Colour In Historical Stories

Living Colour NEWSFLASH: people of colour lived in Europe in medieval times and beyond. In some cases, they were born and died here, too. Who knew? Well, people of colour living in Europe in medieval times of course, because they were VERY DEFINITELY here. Not to mention all my British and European Bang2writers here today who are descendants of said people.  Doh! Where does this ridiculous assumption come from? Well, white people of course, some of whom appear to assume the first migrants who made it to Britain were The Windrush Generation (currently in the news, if you’ve noticed). Not only is this… Read More »The Truth About People Of Colour In Historical Stories

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INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need To Know About The Screenplay

So, we have a new infographic on B2W today that will hopefully kickstart your new screenplay and/or keep it going, so you can get it written and revised and sent out. Let’s check it out … What Should You Write About? There’s some great tips here on adaptation. Though most screenwriters aren’t going to have the money for options on adapting bestselling books, they can still collaborate with authors (especially self published ones, though literary agents may pair scriptwriters with authors too – always worth asking! ). Beyond adaptation, it’s always worth doing lots of work on your central concept… Read More »INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need To Know About The Screenplay

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