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6 Things I Learned From Debbie Moon, Showrunner on WOLFBLOOD

The new year might seem like old news now, but there’s still a whole load of brand new writing opportunities for us to check out … Whether you’re planning on submitting your spec to an agent, or entering a few competitions –buckle up, read on and make some notes! Today, we’re lucky enough to have screenwriter and showrrunner Debbie Moon share her top 4 tips on how YOU can create a spec script that will stand out in any submission pile. Debbie is a television writer AND author, but she is also known as the creator and show-runner of the hit… Read More »6 Things I Learned From Debbie Moon, Showrunner on WOLFBLOOD

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Everything You Need To Know About Character Archetypes

All About Character Archetypes One of the most-searched Google terms leading writers to B2W is ‘stereotypes versus archetypes’. These two terms are mixed up so often … ESPECIALLY in film reviews by clueless critics, grrr. So it’s no wonder writers have trouble keeping track of them as well. Stereotypes relate to ‘the simplification of an idea or person’ (hint: that’s usually bad! Though not unless it’s on purpose … ie. for comedic effect).  However, archetypes are a GREAT place to start with our own characters. After all, we can’t subvert characters and twist them, without knowing what has gone before!… Read More »Everything You Need To Know About Character Archetypes

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5 Ways To Stand Out In The Script Pile

One of the top searches on B2W is ‘How to get an agent or manager’ – so if this is you? Then make sure you check out this brilliant initiative from Coverage Ink! They’re a US company that offers quality screenwriting reports – I should know, ‘cos B2W reads for em (and so, incidentally, does B2W sistren Write So Fluid). What I love about Get Repped Now is that it’s a win-win situation for writers: get that feted CONSIDER, a bona fide literary manager will check out your writing … But even if you don’t,  you get a detailed script report… Read More »5 Ways To Stand Out In The Script Pile

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How To Avoid Stereotypes When Writing Diverse Characters

How To Avoid Stereotypes If you Googled how to avoid stereotypes, you’ve come to the right place. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know September 2017 saw the launch of my new B2W book, Writing Diverse Characters For Fiction, TV and Film (Creative Essentials). Marginalised characters have been a focus of B2W for years, so it made sense that I finally pull all my resources and experiences with this important element together, in one handy guide. So, from talking to the Bang2writers, a common cry is: ‘I want to write diverse characters … but I’m SCARED of getting it… Read More »How To Avoid Stereotypes When Writing Diverse Characters

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2 Important Lessons LIFE (2017) Can Teach Screenwriters

Mild Spoilers So I watched LIFE recently. I love a good space movie, not to mention a creature feature, so creature features in space tick all the boxes for me. Add Jake Gyllenhal *and* Ryan Reynolds?? BINGO. So, here’s my thoughts on this movie and what it can teach screenwriters in the way of a script report. Ready? LET’S GO: What’s Working The screenwriting/directing team behind this movie also brought us Deadpool and Safe House, so needless to say we’re in pretty safe (arf) hands here. These guys know their space movies, especially Alien and we’re treated to some excellent gore… Read More »2 Important Lessons LIFE (2017) Can Teach Screenwriters

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THIS Is Why Your Writing Career Is In The Crapper

Feel Like Your Writing Career Is In The Crapper? Very often, Bang2writers send me S.O.S emails and messages about their writing career being ‘in the crapper’. They will feel they are ‘getting nowhere’ and can’t see how to improve their lot. They may also express incredulity *their* stories are not getting any traction … Especially when they believe the likes of Hollywood or Big 5 publishers produce a load of crap. Bang2writers, we gotta talk! You may have noticed (!) that B2W is about what NOT to do when it comes to writing … That’s because there is no ‘right’… Read More »THIS Is Why Your Writing Career Is In The Crapper

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How To Create A Memorable Antagonist

What’s a story without a masterful villain? A boring thing that gets no one’s attention, right? Great stories are based on conflicts between good and evil, meaning that a memorable antagonist is just as important as the story’s protagonist! But how exactly do you create an outstanding antagonist? Check out these tips  to understand the essential characteristics of a memorable antagonist. The imperfection of a perfect villain Name few of the most powerful antagonists you can think of. Is there a violent and psychotic gangster, a murderer, or sociopath among them? Are some of them a simple guy next-door ?… Read More »How To Create A Memorable Antagonist

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7 More Cheesy Epic Fails To Avoid In Your Writing

Storytelling can be brilliant, but certain elements of storytelling GET OLD very quickly. Sometimes, the device itself is at fault; other times it’s HOW it’s used. This is why we need to be storytelling experts, to keep things fresh and ‘real’. We need to examine the various devices, cliches and fails – as well as those stories that do it WELL. So here’s 7 more epic fails for you to chew on … enjoy! 1) ‘Hello …?’ This is when someone ‘hears’ something … and calls ahead. Err, NO! Suspense and anticipation are really important, especially in the Horror and… Read More »7 More Cheesy Epic Fails To Avoid In Your Writing

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15 Cheesy Writing Fails To Avoid In The First 10 Pages

Cheesy Writing Fails We all know we have to avoid the cheesy writing fails to get ahead. As all screenwriters know, the first ten pages can be make or break … But now novelists – both self-published AND trying to smash their way out of the slush pile – are finding they have to hit the ground running too. Readers and viewers are more media literate than ever and they simply WILL NOT ‘wait’ for the story to start! When the beginning of your work is SO important, it simply doesn’t make sense to include scenes or elements we’ve seen a gazillion times… Read More »15 Cheesy Writing Fails To Avoid In The First 10 Pages

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How To Write An Awesome Lone Wolf Character

We Love Lone Wolves! Every day, the Google search term ‘lone wolf’ brings Bang2writers to this blog … First though, let’s hear what author G X Todd has to say about her own ideas and inspiration behind her Lone Wolf character, Pilgrim from her bestseller book Defender: “I quickly realised that I wouldn’t be happy writing about a lone man who experiences so little human contact; I also feared it would bore readers to death.  I decided that Pilgrim would unconsciously create a coping mechanism to deal with being all alone in this new world; a coping mechanism that would… Read More »How To Write An Awesome Lone Wolf Character

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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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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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