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Submissions Insanity: 10 Title Tips

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! So, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been wading through the submissions pile for London Screenwriters’ Festival which takes place at the end of this month. The scribes in question have been applying not only for the actors’ table reads (where, unsurprisingly,...

Losing it over Loglines

Submissions Insanity: 6 Reasons Loglines Go Bad

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Loglines: they’re tricky lil’ b******s. Whether writing loglines on paper or pitching them out loud in person, scribes have a horrible habit of totally BLOWING IT when it comes to encapsulating their story and hooking their pitchee’s interest. Yet this is...

SUBMISSIONS INSANITY: How To Write Creature Features

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! So I watched GODZILLA this week, but don’t worry, there’s no spoilers here because you know the story already: there’s some characters. Something happens and a monster comes, OMG what do they do now? Run. Scream. Hide. Then FIIIIIIGHT! And then...

Submissions Insanity # 11: How To Win Screenwriting Competitions

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you enter the word “screenwriting” into Google, you’ll discover from its Autocomplete function that after “software,” “competitions” is the second most popular search term on the web. But how do screenwriters WIN or place highly in screenwriting competitions, my Bang2writers...

Submissions Insanity # 10: Screenplay Submissions DOs and DON’Ts

1) DO connect. Lots of writers contact me, quoting the old “Catch 22” situation: they can’t get a producer without an agent, but they can’t get an agent without anything produced. NOPE! The savvy writer knows collaboration is the cornerstone of the industry. Getting together, making short films on smartphones, entering screenwriting contests...

Submissions Insanity # 6: Writing Rules – The Least You Can Do

Following on from last month’s post about swearing, I thought I’d bring up yet more dirty words: Spelling, grammar and punctuation. Yes, yes, booooooooring: Fingers in ears, LA LA LA LA, talk to the hand, etc. Finished? Right. Let’s get down to business. It comes down to this: You’re a writer. You...