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Top 5 Memorable Western Women In Movies

Western films have seen periodic resurgences but nowadays they tend to be relegated to the cable channel movie of the week, direct to DVD, or video on demand. The Western has always been a boys’ club and the great bastion of the Madonna/Whore trope; the woman as either a representation of sexless social virtue or a baseless woman driven by it.  The genre is famous for men who are vagabonds, drifters and gunslingers while the women exist in a state of near invisibility. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t memorable female characters in Western films but the ones you remember… Read More »Top 5 Memorable Western Women In Movies

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How To Critique Your Own Writing Like A Boss

How To Critique Your Own Writing “Critique my own writing? Who does that? Aren’t we supposed to critique the works of others?” This is a pretty common response of writers when they are asked about how often they critique their own work. Today, however, we are going to discuss another type of critique that will protect you from being broken-hearted by cruel critics and help advance your career. Self-critiquing is the answer! How is self-critiquing going to help my career as a writer? By critiquing your own writing, you are trying to find that delicate balance between praising your masterpiece… Read More »How To Critique Your Own Writing Like A Boss

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5 Quick Questions To Help You Write Awesome Characters

As any veteran Bang2writer knows, this site is known for its critique and help with characterisation, so when the mighty Angela Ackerman got in touch with this great post I virtually BIT her hand off! Angela really knows her stuff on this subject, so make sure you utilise her great questions in planning your next great work. Enjoy! With most writers, the moment a story idea hits, a clock begins to count down. Plot snippets, half-formed characters, themes, conflict options, potential twists…a cascade of ideas hit, cranking up excitement and making our fingers itch. Once the pressure hits critical heights,… Read More »5 Quick Questions To Help You Write Awesome Characters

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How To Use Foreshadowing In Your Writing

Foreshadowing (also known as “guessing ahead”) is one of the most powerful storytelling tools, but only if used right. The main goal of foreshadowing is to prepare the readers for what comes next. However, this goal can be achieved with the help of different methods, and that’s when the challenge starts. Sometimes writers fail to achieve this goal at all, giving the details of the main secret right away instead of subtly hinting that a certain thing is about to happen. This is the main reason why readers sometimes hate foreshadowing. When it is used in a wrong way, it ruins… Read More »How To Use Foreshadowing In Your Writing

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5 Problems With Characterisation

Characterisation is tough. Every writer knows this. As a result, there’s all kinds of traps we can fall into whilst writing, so we end up getting eaten by THE BEAR OF DOUBT when those notes come in … Y’know the ones: I’m not sure I care about your character … This character would be better if they did [PERSONAL PREFERENCE] … Have you thought about swapping [X] for [Y] because [REASONS] … … ARGH! But if you’ve done your homework, THAT kind of feedback will be like water off a duck’s back to you. But what constitutes ‘doing your homework’??… Read More »5 Problems With Characterisation

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9 Unusual Writing Tips From @TEDTalks Speakers

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks have been known to move and inspire people through a vast array of topics. One of its most moving themes may yet be on writing. Some of the most prolific writers also prove to be engaging speakers, and have shared important tips with aspirants on the stage. Here’s a compilation of amazing TED speeches from renowned authors all over the globe: 1) Everybody has creativity In a society fixated on ‘genius’ and being unique, Elizabeth Gilbert shares how everybody has the capacity for such creativity. Aspiring young authors should feel comforted by the fact that… Read More »9 Unusual Writing Tips From @TEDTalks Speakers

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7 Ways To Write A Plot Outline

Bang2writers often ask me the “right” way to write a story – whether that’s as a novel or a screenplay (or something else). As far as I’m concerned, **any** way is FINE — just as long as you finish! One thing that I DO advocate however – whatever medium you’re in – is writing an outline. (And yes, I DO follow my own advice … I’m writing an outline for the plot of my next novel RIGHT NOW in fact!). Sure, there ARE those lucky writers who find plotting novels and scripts easy to do, unconsciously and good luck to them… Read More »7 Ways To Write A Plot Outline

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A Look In The Spec Pile: 5 Winning Screenplays (@ShoreScripts Screenwriting Competition 2015)

B2W was asked to be a judge for the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition this year. Bang2writers talk highly of this competition, plus Shore Scripts wrote a great post on last year’s entries for this site, so I was happy to accept. As a judge, I didn’t read ALL the submissions – just the final five, all winners. All five are good scripts, plucked from a pile of 1800 screenplays and scored for their concepts and craft. My job as judge then was to read those winning scripts and decide which ORDER I feel they should come in, 1-5. First up though,… Read More »A Look In The Spec Pile: 5 Winning Screenplays (@ShoreScripts Screenwriting Competition 2015)

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How To Write Action Set Pieces In Your Thriller Screenplay

All About Movie Set Pieces More and more Bang2writers are attempting epic storyworlds, flamboyant characters and super stunts in their screenwriting. This is welcome progress as far as I’m concerned … As I’ve said many times on this blog, I enjoy big budget action movies and no one does them quite like Hollywood. However, there does appear to be some confusion amongst new action screenwriters on what *exactly* a set piece is. Here’s a dictionary definition: Set Piece, noun 1) A scene, action, or the like, having a conventional form and functioning as part of the structure of a work… Read More »How To Write Action Set Pieces In Your Thriller Screenplay

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Watch Out For These Five Top Writing Mistakes, courtesy of Grammarly

First impressions count Yet novelist or screenwriter, there ARE common errors writers make when submitting their work to readers, agents, filmmakers, producers and publishers. It’s all very well saying “the story is everything” – and you’d be right! – but at the same time, if your poor writing CRAFT gets in the way of that, HOW is your story going to shine??? The good news is, it’s never been easier to fix the top writing mistakes novelists and screenwriters make. Check out this brilliant infographic from Grammarly which puts the most common errors in the spotlight, having worked with nearly… Read More »Watch Out For These Five Top Writing Mistakes, courtesy of Grammarly

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How To Package Your Screenplay For Investors And Money People

All About The Package The Package is basically a set of notes that goes out with a feature screenplay. The Package is usually sent by a producer, either to help make the film or for some other reason (ie. secure distribution). As far as I know, there is no “industry standard” for these documents. That said, I’ve found they usually run between 5 and 10 pages, though I have seen much longer. Examples of the package are notoriously difficult to get hold of (oooh matron!). However, like spec TV series bibles, if you see -n enough of them like B2W does!… Read More »How To Package Your Screenplay For Investors And Money People

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6 Marketing Tactics You Should Be Doing

An outstanding post from Luke this week to inspire you on marketing yourself, your scripts, films and/or books online – number 4 is genius! Thanks, Luke! Enjoy … I’ve always been terrible at marketing. The worst. But I have to say, with so many amazing resources out there, I’m getting better. ‘I just wanna write, man.’ ‘I don’t wanna sell my soul.’ ‘I’m an artist dammit!’ ^^ Words I’ve probably said at some point. I used to believe that marketing was an evil little lump on the shoulder of creativity. I just wanted to sit in my bedroom (laboratory) and… Read More »6 Marketing Tactics You Should Be Doing

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