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Want to Hook Your Reader Immediately?

 There’s something so thrilling and delicious about reading a really hooky first sentence or engaging first pages in a book - you just know you're about to be taken on a great ride.

Is there a writer on the planet who doesn’t want their first pages to thrill, delight and intrigue?

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How to Fight "The Doubts"

Last month I received an email from a screenwriter client who, having received a “thanks but no thanks” letter, wanted to know what I tell myself to fight off the doubts that I'm not good enough - and stay focused on writing my story... It was such a great question and it really started me thinking - what exactly do I tell myself to fight off the doubts and keep going? Self-doubt affects just about every writer I know and I'm certainly no stranger to it. Being a writer means endlessly seeking validation and approval from the outside world. And sometimes we just don't get it. Cue the doubts aka the dark vortex of doubt aka the creeping fingers of dread aka the paralysing, grey corset of doom. So what do I tell myself to get the crazy under control? I tell myself to remember the achievements, successes, and praise. Remember that time you did good? "Doing good" can be anything from winning an award to impressing folks at your writing group with a killer first line or simply finishing your manuscript. ... Read the rest of entry »

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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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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Can't Find Time to Write? Get Carving

 There’s only one person on the planet interested in protecting your writing time and that’s you. It's time to pull up the drawbridge and fill the moat with piranha. 

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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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