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10 Excellent Reasons To Join A Writers Group

 There’s nothing like somebody waiting for you to deliver to give you a case of the giddy-ups. And how would it be if it wasn’t just one person waiting for you to deliver but a whole bunch?

Ladies and gentlemen – I give you – the writers group.

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The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

You know, there are many things that can get in the way of committing serious time to writing - procrastination, the need to earn money, TV box-sets and good old-fashioned crippling self-doubt. But I recently learnt that one of the most common impediments to writing regularly is children. I discovered this when a subscriber to my newsletter emailed me to say - please write an article about writing with children in the house. To be honest it's not something I've given much thought to as I'm sans nipper. But I was suitably moved by the heartfelt plea and figured the many writerly parents I know may have some insightful solutions - but no...  There was an immediate flood of responses – I’d clearly stumbled onto a hot topic - but it was the type of feedback that left me wondering if people don’t so much come to my workshops for the great learning but to indulge in socially acceptable child avoidance. This is what they generally had to say: It's impossible to write with children in the house. UNLESS y ... Read the rest of entry »

The Benefits of Bouncing

 It’s a no-brainer to have your completed work objectively assessed, edited and critiqued before you publish or send out into the world – but what about while you’re stuck in the thick of it? I always have questions and doubts while I’m writing.

Is that first sentence powerful enough? Is that line funny? Does this moment feel emotional engaging? Is the end of the scene strong enough? Is this idea actually a bit crap? That sort of thing.

 

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Loving Your Ho-hum Ideas

 Everybody has crappy ideas. You’re allowed to have them too. The world probably isn’t going to fall off its axis because your idea is a little bit average.

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3 Simple Ways to Push Yourself Creatively

So given you’re already in the business of being creative you could be forgiven for wondering why this subject is even relevant. Surely, you’re pushing yourself by doing it to the best of your ability. Fair cop good people - except amazing ideas and projects rarely fall out of your head fully formed. And human beings whilst innovative and clever are also rather fond of “easiest” and “familiar.”

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8 Ways New Screenwriters Undermine Their Screenplay

So you've nailed your kick-ass, original idea. You've spent long hours grinding out that first screenplay and now you're ready to send your baby into the world - or are you?

After reading hundreds of screenplays by new writers I've seen a number of flaws that will almost certainly ensure your screenplay gets the thumbs down - even if the idea is fab. A "great idea, badly executed" response isn’t going to make the rejection any sweeter - so give your baby a better chance by making sure you're not guilty of any of the following.

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  1. Re: The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

    Thanks Fiona! Much appreciated. KB

    --Kathryn Burnett

  2. Re: The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

    I've been writing for the whole of my children's lives. First my BA, then Masters, now Phd, and also...

    --fionakiwi

  3. Re: Can't Find Time to Write? Get Carving

    Of course you have to be focussed to write and having an end goal is a great help - Playa Flamenca

    --Playa FLamenca

  4. Re: Why Hitting The Beach Should Be Top of Your 2016 To-Do List

    I agree Kathryn. Goal setting is so important.

    --Toby

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