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How To Use Girl Power In Your Story

Girl Power If you grew up in the 90s like me, then you heard the words ‘girl power’ A LOT. Now, writers will often tell me they have a ‘strong female character’ or a ‘feminist’ story in their spec screenplay or their unpublished novel. This is cool, but it rarely works out this way – in fact, there are LOADS of female character traps writers can fall into. Supersadface. But at grass roots level, very often the biggest issue is writers are simply TRYING TOO HARD. It’s all very well trying to appeal to femcrit bloggers or reviewers, but the reality… Read More »How To Use Girl Power In Your Story

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5 Easy Resolutions To Make You A Better Writer

So it’s a new year … with plenty to grab our attention and lots to do on our projects, who’s got time for new year’s resolutions?? Well, if you have, here’s 5 resolutions you could implement RIGHT NOW … GOGOGO! 1) Support marginalised creatives Commit to seeing TEN movies by female directors. Read TEN novels by people of colour. Read e-zines and websites by gay and trans activists. Seek out films and TV shows by disabled writers and filmmakers. You get me. Plus, perhaps most importantly: tell EVERYONE about the work you enjoy, especially on social media. Avoid slagging creative… Read More »5 Easy Resolutions To Make You A Better Writer

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The Truth About Success: 30 Top Creatives Who Broke In Late

It’s Never Too Late I get SOS messages, tweets and emails from writers all the time, but what they frequently boil down to is, ‘I worry it’s TOO LATE for me!’ NEWSFLASH – it is never too late. Now, I don’t want to put a downer on proceedings, but the facts are,  any one of us could die at literally any moment. So really, it doesn’t matter if you’re 19 or 90! We probably won’t die though, so in which case USE YOUR TIME WISELY. This means, if you want to be a writer?? EFFING WRITE. Go for it. Why wouldn’t… Read More »The Truth About Success: 30 Top Creatives Who Broke In Late

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10 Quick Tips For Writing Female Characters

Many thanks to m’learned colleague and fellow Devon Writer, bestselling author and all-round general amazing-lady Jenny Kane today for this great post! Jenny’s been writing female-centric stories now for aeons, so what she doesn’t know about female characters ain’t worth knowing! With this in mind then – and because female characterisation is SO popular on this site – I’ve transformed Jenny’s tips into a handy cheat sheet for you …. Feel free to download and distribute, and/or stick up near your computer or workstation. Good luck with your writing! DOWNLOAD THE CHEAT SHEET PDF HERE To stand any chance of… Read More »10 Quick Tips For Writing Female Characters

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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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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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13 Questions On Cultural Appropriation You Need To Ask Right Now

1) Why are we talking about cultural appropriation? Is there such a thing as cultural appropriation? The novelist Lionel Shriver certainly doesn’t think so. Her recent speech has had writers of all colours and persuasions furious and outraged, while others are just straight up confused. Here’s some accounts of cultural appropriation, smackdowns to that speech, as well as other responses … NY Times: Lionel Shriver’s Address On Cultural Appropriation Roils A Writers Festival Medium: As Lionel Shriver Made Light Of Identity, I Had No Choice But To Walk Out On Her Guardian: Identity Politics does not deserve Lionel Shriver’s contempt, but it is… Read More »13 Questions On Cultural Appropriation You Need To Ask Right Now

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5 Problems With All-Female Casts

Hey guys, I don’t know about you but I’m kinda worried about Ocean’s Ocho, despite the spectacular line up of stars appearing in it. I’m just not sure an all-female heist movie can work! Here’s why … 1) Everyone knows women are solitary creatures If you’ve ever been privileged to see a female in the wild, you’ll know they just don’t tend to band together in single-sex groups like men do. I mean, C’MON: when was the last time you saw a group of women working or eating together; going on outings; fundraising; staging events; having meetings; building stuff metaphorical and… Read More »5 Problems With All-Female Casts

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Top 7 Things Screenwriters Can Do To Improve Diversity And Inclusion

I LOVE this from Kirk and Deron at the Hollywood Inclusive podcast … These guys really know what they’re talking about! Unlike many sites (coughTWITTERcough) which have become an extended whinefest every time the word ‘diversity’ comes up, Kirk and Deron offer REALISTIC and yet powerful solutions to this issue that we writers can put into practice at page level. So, make sure you give it a read and pass this on to your writery friends – but also accept there’s a limit to what writers can do, too. We have to tell the best stories we can with what’s available and as… Read More »Top 7 Things Screenwriters Can Do To Improve Diversity And Inclusion

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5 Things I Learned From Mad Max Fury Road’s Producer Iain Smith 

 All About Iain Smith With a resumé that includes movie classics I love like THE FIFTH ELEMENT and CHILDREN OF MEN, producer Iain Smith was already on my list of top UK creative professionals already … but then he only goes and gets MAD MAX FURY ROAD made, too! So I was delighted to chaperone the LondonSWF Talent Campers to an exclusive half-hour session with Iain this weekend.  Iain offered up some brilliant nuggets of advice and writing wisdom, so make sure you strap yourself in … Ready? Let’s go! 1) It all STARTS with the writing … Production is frequently… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Mad Max Fury Road’s Producer Iain Smith 

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12 Character Archetypes And How To Use Them

All About Character Archetypes I LOVE this introduction to character archetypes from Pamela … Even more so for its bias on female characterisation, something B2W is well known for. Nice one! Character archetypes are SO important for writers. Most importantly we need to understand the difference between character archetypes and stereotypes. Whilst character archetypes are foundations we build on top of, stereotypes are simplifications. (It’s very common to hear that ‘no’ writer should write stereotypes EVAH, though it’s not always as simple as this. CLICK HERE for more information). Over to Pamela after the jump and a variety of linkage… Read More »12 Character Archetypes And How To Use Them

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Crowdfunding 101: Top 10 Tips

Whether you’re crowdfunding for your movie or short film on Kickstarter; your book on Unbound; a charity on JustGiving – or something else! – you would do well to check out the mahvellous Zee from FNAFilms’ top tips on crowdfunding today. FNA ran a very successful campaign for its debut feature The Stagg Do, so it’s safe to say they know their stuff. Over to you, Zee! Don’t underestimate how much hard work goes into a crowd funding campaign. You can’t set up a campaign and leave it. Build it and they will NOT come, unless they know about it.… Read More »Crowdfunding 101: Top 10 Tips

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