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15 Questions To Help You Network Like A Professional

With the new year on the horizon, it’s not surprising that that writers are dropping by B2W looking for networking tips … Going to events such as London Screenwriters’ Festival and London Book Fair  is bound to be on alot of your new year resolutions lists! But preparation is good practice when it comes to networking, so thinking ahead about how you’re going to ‘work the room’ in advance can really play dividends. This is why I love these questions from Nicole that can really help break the ice. Over to you, Nicole … Networking is the cornerstone of any… Read More »15 Questions To Help You Network Like A Professional

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How To Bypass the Gatekeepers: Screenwriter To Published Author

If you can write a script, you can write a book! If you can write a book, you can publish it and start building your tribe, without asking for anybody’s approval. Making a movie is a million dollar investment, so as a script writer you’re at the mercy of agents, editors and an endless line of gatekeepers. You might be the next James Cameron but while you’re still “in the making” why not use your superpowers to make some extra cash and build your fame? How? Convert your script into a book! More and more movies are based on books… Read More »How To Bypass the Gatekeepers: Screenwriter To Published Author

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Top 5 Mistakes Comedy Writers Make

‘How to write comedy’ is a VERY popular search term via Google to this site, so when Peter and Jon from The Comedy Crowd offered their expertise in the genre for the Bang2writers, I snapped their hands off! Enjoy!  There is a perception that it’s harder than ever to get into comedy. Established writers have bemoaned the shift of scheduling and budgets away from sitcoms and towards drama, or the oft-maligned ‘comedy-drama’ genre. If you’re aiming for that primetime BBC slot and you aren’t an arena stand-up those established writers are probably right – it is tough to get into comedy.… Read More »Top 5 Mistakes Comedy Writers Make

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5 Quick Tips For Effective Networking

Following on from my Top 5 Social Media Mistakes, today’s tips focus on REAL LIFE networking, both in creating relationships with others (and doing your research), as well as investing in yourself. Enjoy! I hate networking. If there was anything I could change about the film industry, it would be that. But, unfortunately, networking is vital in getting known and recognised. Because I know what it is to be an introvert in an industry of extroverts, here are a couple of tricks for easy networking. 1) Don’t be afraid to talk and ask questions I finally have accepted that I… Read More »5 Quick Tips For Effective Networking

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3 Steps To Reader Proof Your Screenplay

Reader-Proof Your Screenplay I always recommend Bang2writers reader-proof their scripts. Whilst there are no rules in this screenwriting malarkey, but there are best practices. It should be noted I am talking principally about writing CRAFT here. (There are also lots of format niggly pet peeves that really wind script readers up, which is why I list them all HERE). But what do I mean when I say writers need to reader-proof their script? More, next. STEP 1) Wanted: Good Stories, Well Told First things first. If we want to beat the gatekeepers, it’s very simple. We have to give the… Read More »3 Steps To Reader Proof Your Screenplay

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5 Ways Of Bringing Real Life Into Storytelling

For our latest venture at Broken Leg Theatre, the company I co-direct with Anna Jefferson, we spoke to a huge variety of women all over the UK. From a group of midwives in London, to a group of elderly women in Leeds (the oldest of whom was 102!), their real-life stories and experiences formed the inspiration for our new play, Three Generations of Women, which tours next month. These discussions, and our interactive online platform, provided us with some confessional and deeply personal stories. The response was overwhelming, flattering, and very humbling. At the end of the research process, Anna… Read More »5 Ways Of Bringing Real Life Into Storytelling

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Course Success! All About My Script Reading Class

Script reading course success ‘Lucy is a total rock star, down to earth, fun but highly knowledgeable.’ Philip Lawrence, Writer Delighted to say my recent workshop for LondonSWF, BREAKING INTO SCRIPT READING was a huuuuge success! Unbelievably, 100+ delegates turned up and I had a blast teaching the course. Everyone was so switched on, asking brilliant questions and taking to the exercises with such enthusiasm, sharing their insights and POVs with the class. More new script readers already ‘Potential Script Readers can’t afford to not attend this course. Lucy gives a great but realistic view of the script reading/editing world… Read More »Course Success! All About My Script Reading Class

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5 Things I Learned At Berlinale

Many thanks to Stephen Potts, who’s just arrived back in the UK from the Berlinale Film Festival and very helpfully written a newbie’s guide for the rest of us Bang2writers! Enjoy everyone and over to you Stephen … I’m heading home from my first trip to the Berlin Film Festival, still very much a newbie: but here are the five things I wish I’d known before I arrived five days ago. 1) Berlin(ale) is BIG Thousands of delegates and hundreds of screenings are spread across scores of venues in this large capital city. The central action is at Potsdamer Platz,… Read More »5 Things I Learned At Berlinale

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Great Visual Guide For Screenwriting Comps & Initiatives

Many thanks to Jonathan at WritersAndFilmmakers.com who’s got in touch with this fab infographic on the best screenwriting competitions and initiatives for screenwriters. As you can see very obviously (and as I always go on about!), there ARE times of the year that are quieter than others, whereas there are other times that are VERY busy on the competition calandar … So, it really pays to get organised and get your writing done during the quiet times, so you can ensure your screenplay is ready to submit during the peak times! If you’re wanting submissions tips for your screenplays, check… Read More »Great Visual Guide For Screenwriting Comps & Initiatives

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5 Reasons Why Theatre Is A Writer’s Best Friend

If you’re feeling frustrated about rejections or getting a “way in” to the industry, then today’s short but VERY sweet post from Carla offers some GREAT food for thought on getting a foot in the door via writing for theatre … Also, make sure you check out the new playwriting award from Theatre503. Enjoy! Theatre is a great way to get your work out there and there are some fantastic opportunities for emerging writers. Over the past two years I have been developing a play with Theatre503, a new writing theatre in south London and found the experience invaluable. Here… Read More »5 Reasons Why Theatre Is A Writer’s Best Friend

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