Advice, Creative Writing, Screenwriting

Screenwriting And Creative Writing Competitions

Writing and Scriptwriting Competition LogoI’m very happy to announce the launch of a new Competitions section on Cyber Write. I’ve been working hard in the background and combing the internet to find details of lots of competitions for both Authors and Screenwriters.  This section, in its nature, is very much a work in progress, and I will be adding both screenwriting and creating writing competitions as I become aware of them.

As a writer, entering competitions is a great way to hone your craft, and winning one (or even being a finalist) gets you great exposure. Getting to the finalist’s stage is something you can add to your resume, which helps get your manuscript/script noticed. That’s not to mention some of the fantastic prizes you can win, many of which simply aren’t available to unpublished writers.

If you know of any competitions that you would like to recommend, then please let me know. And if you host a competition and would like me to feature it in the calendar, then drop me a line.


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Advice, Creative Writing

The Different Types Of Editing Roles

With more and more independent writers publishing their work in electronic form, the old traditional publishing roles have become somewhat blurred. Proofreading is one of those roles that now seems to cover all sorts of disciplines from simple spell-checking to full-blown editing.

Many independent authors are wary of employing an editor for fear of losing ownership of their book. In reality, the opposite is true. Working with a good editor will ensure that your “voice” stands out clearly while making sure that your story flows to the best of its ability.

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Advice, Screenwriting

Screenplay Formatting Guide and Checklist

So, you’re writing your screenplay, and it’s a great story with lots of action and suspense. But stop for a minute. Your screenplay isn’t just about a great story; it’s also a tool for everyone involved in making it into a film. And if your formatting isn’t right, then no matter how good your story is, your script isn’t going to make it past the front door.

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Advice and Guidance

Even if I can’t help you with editing or proofreading, there are many articles on my site that I hope can help. My Blog section contains advice and guidance and is a growing resource to help new authors and screenwriters with many of the most common questions asked when starting to write.

Most of the tips are to do with grammar, but there will be the odd one for writing in general. These tips are to help you produce the best first draft you can and to avoid some of the pitfalls new writers often fall into.

At the bottom of all my posts is an option to Print, email, or convert to a PDF so you can keep the article for future reference.

One thing to note while reading my blog is that it is written using British spelling and grammar. Although, sometimes, I write using American spelling and grammar just for a bit of variation.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to guest blog, then I’m more than happy to chat.

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Advice, Creative Writing

So, You’re Thinking of Writing a Book

You have an idea for a brilliant book in your head, and it won’t go away. When you tell your friends about it, they all say you should get it written and published. So, what’s next? How do you get from an idea to publishing a book that people want to buy? Hopefully, this and my other articles will help you achieve just that.

The following is by no means the only way of doing things, there are others, many, in some cases, that work just as well. But one thing I soon discovered when I first started writing was that trying to absorb too many techniques into your process is a sure-fire way to get confused and frustrated. You’re a lot better off trying a method and seeing if it works for you. If it doesn’t, then move onto the next one. You won’t be completely wasting your time, as each time you try a new technique, it will help you expand your storyline.

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