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Finished Your Screenplay? 6 Things to Do Before You Send

 Finally typed FADE OUT on the last page of your screenplay? Nice work.

Now you'll want to get it in front of people who you hope will be as excited about it as you are. But no matter whether you're sending it to a funding body, production company, competition or listing site - you want to give it the best possible shot, so consider doing these 6 things before you send it out into the world...

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The Best Dumb Questions About Screenwriting

 Every time I teach my Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting workshop I get asked these same questions and they’re almost always prefaced by the statement “this is probably a dumb question but...”

However, if no-one has told you about this stuff, how would you know? And I think knowing what you don’t know is actually kinda smart.

So let’s jump in and clarify some basics…

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I Hate Big Buts and I Cannot Lie

 I want to write one day BUT I’m waiting until I retire/until work calms down/until the house is renovated/until I’ve done one more workshop /until the kids have left school etc, etc, etc, etc.

And the list goes on.

I hear variations of these excuses all the time. And sometimes I hear one or two coming out of my own mouth - goddamnit.

But there are always numerous, perfectly freaking logical reasons for not investing your time in writing and, um, so what?

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Resolutions Suck - Set Up Awesome Writing Goals Instead

 New Year’s resolutions? You can keep 'em. They don’t cut it for me – and I bet they've been less than successful for you in the past.

So how about you and I sit down and set your firm 2018 writing goal?

I’m sure you’d much rather sit down with a plate of BBQ and a gin (dreamy!) but pretend I’m in the room fixing you with a “let’s get cracking look.” (If you've ever attended my live workshops that shouldn't be too difficult.)

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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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