How To Write TV Series Bibles

How To Write A TV Series Bible That Sells Your Pilot ‘Off The Page’

What Is A ‘TV Series Bible’? A TV Series Bible refers to the treatment, or  pitch document that accompanies a spec TV pilot when it goes out on submission. Since there are spec TV pilot scripts flying all over the place, your bible needs to “stand out” from the rest of ’em. But how? Well, for me,… Read More »How To Write A TV Series Bible That Sells Your Pilot ‘Off The Page’
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29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent

Some real submission horror stories here!! Many thanks to Carole Blake from the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency for providing a VERY comprehensive list on how NOT to submit to an agent. This is a fab list and  I have actually had a number 27 myself!! Maybe it was the same lady??? Enjoy, plus don’t forget to… Read More »29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent
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5 Openers That Make Readers GROAN

Updated for 2020   It’s all about PAGE ONE We hear loads about the judgements made on our first ten pages, but spend even a short while as a script reader and you’ll see in real terms many scripts don’t even make it past the first PAGE. Le shock! How can this be??? It’s very… Read More »5 Openers That Make Readers GROAN
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7 Things Readers Can Tell About Your Script On Page 1

I’ve lost count over the years of how many writers have told me readers *can’t* know their story from the first ten pages. Those writers complain it’s not enough time and that readers are nasty creatures who form premature and false assumptions about the writing in front of them. It’s not fair, etc. Well I… Read More »7 Things Readers Can Tell About Your Script On Page 1
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Which Screenwriting Software Is The Best? (Paid-For & Free)

[Kept updated as much as possible] All About Software One question new writers always ask in the B2W Facebook group is whether they should buy screenwriting software. So hello to Michelle who asks: “I’ve heard mixed advice from everyone on the screenwriting software issue… Some advise getting it, others say there’s no need for expensive… Read More »Which Screenwriting Software Is The Best? (Paid-For & Free)

Top 5 Ways Writers Screw Up Their Characters

Caring About Characters? So, you’ve been given this feedback: “We need to care more about your characters.” Immediate RED FLAG!!! This is a useless piece of feedback. Put whomever gave it to you on the naughty step RIGHT NOW and join me children in examining why this feedback sucks BIG TIME. (Okay, okay, the feedback-giver *means*… Read More »Top 5 Ways Writers Screw Up Their Characters
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Screenplay Format – The B2W One Stop Shop

Good Format Is … … Not getting BUSTED! Screenplay format is top of the pile when work experience kids read our work (and they are!). Unfortunately, screenplay format is what they understand and latch onto. Whilst any writer can obviously do what they want, there are obvious and basic things a writer can avoid/cut/change to make… Read More »Screenplay Format – The B2W One Stop Shop
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How To Use Plot Devices – Voiceover, Flashback, Montage, Intercut and Dream Sequence

Plot Devices With A Bad Name … There are lots of plot devices in scriptwriting we hear are “frowned on”. We shouldn’t use voiceover or flashback is the usual (or voiceover WITH flashback!). I’ve also heard montage maligned in a similar fashion, as well as intercut and dream sequence. This is a load of rot… Read More »How To Use Plot Devices – Voiceover, Flashback, Montage, Intercut and Dream Sequence
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How To Avoid Killer Errors In Your Screenplay’s Scenes

Killer Scenes I’ve been working my way through a GIGANTIC pile of Bang2writers’ screenplays of late and noticed a common theme between most of them: their individual scenes needed work (as well as overarching story & characterisation). Since screenplays are the sum of ALL their parts, I thought I would compose a complete rundown of… Read More »How To Avoid Killer Errors In Your Screenplay’s Scenes

6 Tips On Writing A One Page Pitch For Your Script Or Novel

All About One Page Pitch CONGRATS! You’ve got a read request for one of your screenplays or novels. BUT WAIT! Never send your work without a One Page Pitch (aka ‘one pager’, aka the “synopsis”, novelists). A One Pager is a GREAT opportunity to sell your story “off the page” and get in that reader’s good… Read More »6 Tips On Writing A One Page Pitch For Your Script Or Novel

How To Put Together Your Writer’s Resumé For Submissions

What should you put in your writer resumé? So, over in the Bang2writers FB group, Gail asks: “How do you put together a writer’s resumé? What should go in, what should be left out, what counts as relevant experience?” This is a great question I get all the time, so warrants a lengthier post. First… Read More »How To Put Together Your Writer’s Resumé For Submissions
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NEWSFLASH: Loglines Are Not Taglines. Here’s Why

Loglines Versus Taglines Loglines Are Not Taglines!! Cannot. Stress. This. Enough. Every week I see scores of pitches sent to my inbox, to my ears or via script listing sites. Yet every week I see loglines and taglines being mixed up!!! In the course of this post, I will breakdown which is why  you need to… Read More »NEWSFLASH: Loglines Are Not Taglines. Here’s Why

2 Things ALL Writers Get Wrong In Early Drafts

Yep: Not. Even. Kidding. We’re talking novelists AND screenwriters, plus pro writers JUST AS MUCH as the seasoned and newbies too ! Just about every single writer IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE including aliens (and why wouldn’t *they* write?) get these two things wrong in their early drafts. And NO it’s not hyperbole either! Bang2writers might… Read More »2 Things ALL Writers Get Wrong In Early Drafts
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Do Your Preparation: How To Write Outlines, Beat Sheets And Treatments

You should do your preparation! Bang2writers often ask me what is the “best” way to go about writing a screenplay or novel. My answer? There is no “best” way. But it’s definitely going to help if you’ve done your preparation first in the form of an outline, beat sheet and/or treatment. Here’s why preparation work… Read More »Do Your Preparation: How To Write Outlines, Beat Sheets And Treatments

How To Get Past ‘No Unsolicited Material’

Updated  No Unsolicited Material? So Get It Solicited … I’m always hearing from Bang2writers bemoaning the number of prodcos and agents that tell them they’re not accepting new clients, or that they won’t consider unsolicited material. My answer? Get them to SOLICIT YOUR WORK. Le duh. After all, ‘no unsolicited material’ simply means ‘don’t send… Read More »How To Get Past ‘No Unsolicited Material’

8 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Horror Screenplay DEAD

Horror is a high concept genre that can lend itself easily to low budget filmmaking (both feature and short film), so it’s no wonder I get so many of them across my desk via B2W and my industry clients. What’s more, audiences’ gore tolerance is on the UP, so television can be considerably more scary… Read More »8 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Horror Screenplay DEAD
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How To Become A Script Reader

How I became a script reader One question I get asked all the time is, “How do I become a script reader?” So, once and for all – here is the lowdown on how my consultancy Bang2write started – plus make sure you check out my course, Breaking Into Script Reading, back for its FIFTH year… Read More »How To Become A Script Reader

7 Things You Must Stop Doing If You Want To Be A Professional Writer

This is the thing. You’re doing all the classes; you’re reading all the sites and trades; you can even pitch and network like a pro … but there’s one problem: You’re not thinking like a professional writer. That’s the bad news. The good news: you can start, TODAY!! Here’s what you’ve got to stop doing,… Read More »7 Things You Must Stop Doing If You Want To Be A Professional Writer
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6 Ways To Annoy The Crap Out Of People Online

ANTI-Social Media I talk to A LOT of people because I spend a lot of time on social media. You may have noticed. (Just a bit!). What you may not have realised however is how much I READ about social media. It’s a subject that really interests me, especially the notion of “best practices”. Why?… Read More »6 Ways To Annoy The Crap Out Of People Online
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How To Maximise Your Screenplay Portfolio

Script Leads What’s in a screenwriter’s portfolio is very important. Most screenwriters know this, especially when they ask me for script leads. But there is usually a disconnect. The screenwriters often have the vain hope they MIGHT have *something* that magically ‘matches up’ with what producers and directors are looking for. Of course, 9 times… Read More »How To Maximise Your Screenplay Portfolio

9 Steps To Get Your Spec TV Pilot Written, Edited & Sent Out …

… In the shortest possible time! That’s right … You’re SLOWING YOURSELF DOWN massively and needlessly. And you CAN do something about it. Just read on! I read a LOT of spec TV pilots. And whilst many **end up** great, their writers often tie themselves up in terrible knots getting them written, slowing themselves down,… Read More »9 Steps To Get Your Spec TV Pilot Written, Edited & Sent Out …

Top 20 Quotes For Writing Success

 Sign up for the B2W Mailing List, HERE! If like me you’re feeling a little weary this week (with no destination in sight for the forseeable), I thought you’d appreciate some of my fave quotes on what constitutes SUCCESS … I bet you’re at least halfway there already! Also, don’t forget you can now check… Read More »Top 20 Quotes For Writing Success
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10 Ways To Conquer Your Scene Description

All About Scene Description Scene description is arguably the most problematic, yet most important, element of your screenplay. You probably write more of it than anything else (that’s right … even if you subscribe to the notion “less is more”!). I’ve been writing a fair bit about scene description lately in notes for people lately.… Read More »10 Ways To Conquer Your Scene Description

What’s The Difference Between Thriller And Horror?

Thriller Vs. Horror Thriller and Horror … They’re practically the same genre, right? NOPE. Not by a long shot. Whilst they may share certain characteristics, Thriller and Horror are two definitive genres and this post will attempt to explain why in more detail. It’s A ‘Thriller / Horror’ Though I touch on this issue in… Read More »What’s The Difference Between Thriller And Horror?
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