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Top 10 Tips On How To Break In As A Screenwriter in 2022

  • June 12, 2022

How To Break In As A Screenwriter If you want to break in as a screenwriter, you’re not alone. ‘How to break in’ is probably one of the top Google searches that leads to this blog, in fact. Whilst it’s true B2W believes we need to build our careers over a sustained period (rather than the break in being just ONE act), we all have to start somewhere. I was joined in a B2W livestream recently by comedy writer Amanda Graham (@AGComedy). Amanda specialises in rebellious, irreverent, female leads going against nonsensical power structures. She has various projects in development (including with… Read More »Top 10 Tips On How To Break In As A Screenwriter in 2022

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Javier Grillo-Marxuach: ‘Lost Was NOT Purgatory’ (And Other Tales)

  • March 13, 2022March 14, 2022

About Javier Grillo-Marxuach Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a screenwriter and producer. He has the kind of resumé most Bang2writers would kill for, including iconic shows like Charmed and Lost. He’s continued with fantastic modern TV such as The Witcher, The 100 and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance as well. Wow! I was delighted to Zoom with Javier recently. I love high concept, dystopian and post-apocalyptic story worlds. He’s literally worked on some of my favourite shows that have influenced my own writing! Javier also wrote the AMAZING 11 Laws of show running, an online essay/memo which really requires its own post.… Read More »Javier Grillo-Marxuach: ‘Lost Was NOT Purgatory’ (And Other Tales)

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5 Things I Learned From Screenwriter Stephen Beresford (PRIDE)

  • January 23, 2022January 24, 2022

Talking To Stephen Beresford Stephen Beresford is an actor and screenwriter, who wrote the award-winning British lgbtq+ movie Pride. I had the pleasure of talking with him about getting the film made, his writing process, and any tips he had. Here’s what I learned. 1) There’s value in truth While the UK film industry is only roughly half of its American counterpart ($6.4bn compared to $11.4bn), there’s always something quite special when a new British film comes out, perhaps because the industry is so incredibly choosy. According to Stephen, the UK film industry is very conservative, but having something based… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Screenwriter Stephen Beresford (PRIDE)

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5 Tips From Authors Shortlisted In The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards

  • October 1, 2021

The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Award The shortlisted for the 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards this year has been released. The award, now in its fifth year, celebrates newly-published independent books by authors across any genre. The Kindle Storyteller Awards is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts. The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards shortlist is made up of … Escape to Hummingbird Hotel by… Read More »5 Tips From Authors Shortlisted In The 2021 Kindle Storyteller Awards

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How To Be A Wordsmith: 6 Writers Offer Their Top Tips

  • September 15, 2021September 15, 2021

So You Want To Be A Wordsmith … It’s never been a better time to become a wordsmith. Whether you want to be a blogger, freelance writer, screenwriter, or author, there’s lots of information and tools online for you. If you want to be a wordsmith too, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled tips from some of the greatest writers on how to get started and succeed in writing! Let’s go … 1) Angie Thomas Angie Thomas is a well-known young adult novelist in the United States. She is best known for her novel The Hate U Give. Her… Read More »How To Be A Wordsmith: 6 Writers Offer Their Top Tips

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That’s How It Works: Bob Saenz Offers His Top 8 Screenwriting Tips

  • September 6, 2021

All About Bob Bob Saenz is an actor and writer, known for Extracurricular Activities (2019), The Right Girl (2015) and Help For The Holidays (2012). He’s also known for being a legend in online screenwriting groups. After offering his own brand of ‘smack talk’ for new and seasoned writers online, he wrote a fantastic book: That’s Not The Way It Works: A No Nonsense Look At The Craft & Business of Screenwriting. I recommend it to Bang2writers all the time! I was thrilled to jump on a Zoom call with Bob and pump his delicious brain for his top writing… Read More »That’s How It Works: Bob Saenz Offers His Top 8 Screenwriting Tips

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10 Top British Writers Share Their Tips For Writing Success

  • August 16, 2021

Best of British Ask any writer how they approach writing and they’ll all give you different answers. Quentin Tarantino insists on writing drafts of his screenplays in long hand without outlining plot twists … But that approach definitely wouldn’t work for those more methodical planners! But whether you’re the kind of writer who likes to wing it as you go along, or prefers to write a detailed outline before you get started, there are some things successful writers often have in common. With this in mind, here are ten top British writers on their tips for success! 1) Just Get… Read More »10 Top British Writers Share Their Tips For Writing Success

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3 Top Tips From Tony Jordan on Writing Craft & Careers

  • July 12, 2021July 25, 2021

All About Tony Tony Jordan is a screenwriter, showrunner and producer who surely needs no introduction … But if you’ve been in outer space, then Tony is the founder and executive chairman of Red Planet Pictures. Leaving school with no qualifications, Tony was a market trader for many years. Starting his writing career at the age of thirty-two on Eastenders, he ended up writing a whopping 250+ episodes of the iconic British soap opera. For his work on EastEnders, Tony is particularly known for creating the Slater family along with then producer, John Yorke (you can find out more from John on B2W,… Read More »3 Top Tips From Tony Jordan on Writing Craft & Careers

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What You Can Learn From These 4 Bestselling Authors

  • July 7, 2021

Advice From Bestselling Authors If you’re thinking of becoming an author, a screenwriter, a non fiction or ebook writer, or starting a side hustle doing some freelance work, there’s one thing you need to be good at … writing! It’s easier said than done, of course, because the one thing writing demands is discipline. If you aren’t dedicated to the craft, you can forget about writing the next great American novel or its equivalent. If you’re looking for some tips and guidance from bestselling authors, read on. 1) Hugh Howey Bestselling author Hugh Howey is no stranger to fame and… Read More »What You Can Learn From These 4 Bestselling Authors

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Emilia di Girolamo: ‘It’s still really tough as a woman to get original work greenlit.’

  • April 26, 2021

All About Emilia Emilia di Girolamo is a British showrunner, screenwriter and executive producer of Anglo-Indian and Italian heritage. Bang2writers may know Emilia best for Law & Order UK, though she’s also worked on Eastenders, Medici: Masters of Florence and was Showrunner on The Tunnel. Her latest work is My Name Is Lizzie, which is out in 2021. It is a true story about the police officer (codename ‘Lizzie James’) who was asked to act as sexual ‘bait’ to trap a suspected murderer. In addition to being a screenwriter, Emilia has worked as a playwright and a novelist. She’s also worked… Read More »Emilia di Girolamo: ‘It’s still really tough as a woman to get original work greenlit.’

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