Don't struggle on alone - the internet is one big writers' and filmmakers' group!
For links, chat & opps, join my online writers' FB page, Bang2writers and/or follow me on Twitter.
Get FREE FEEDBACK on your work via peer review when you join The Feedback Exchange.
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Join The Film Shorts Club and connect with other writers, producers, actors, DoPs and crew to get your short films made. White Tiger Films have already made FOUR films by Bang2writers on the list!
Check out my writers' resources on the right hand sidebar of my blog, particularly The Required Reading List, a free e-library of all the best writing-related articles by authors all of the web, including a big Resources section, like a FREE online university course and what to consider when sending your work out to production companies and agents. Also The Format 1 Stop Shop, which breaks down all the format issues I see on a regular basis in spec scripts and what to do about them.
The London Screenwriters Festival is *the* place to be every October - check out the site here.
Buy MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER (e-book) by screenwriter and filmmaker Adrian Mead - £7.79, all proceeds go to Childline!
Chris Jones is one of the directors of LondonSWF, runs his own Guerrilla Filmmaking Masterclasses and blogs about filmmaking and getting yourself/your work out there. Find his blog here.
Hayley McKenzie is the Script Angel - and works for C4's flagship teen soap HOLLYOAKS. She has compiled a a list of production companies that accepts scripts from writers without agents! Find it here.
For podcasts, download or subscribe to UK Scriptwriters or follow them on Twitter.
Find all the writing, filmmaking and screenwriting blogs you could want via Scribomatic.
Check out Ashley Scott Myers' Selling Your Screenplay for great info on how to get your scripts written and out there.
Bill Martell has written LOADS of produced movies - check out his Script Secrets here.
Subscribe to the awesome site Freelance Writing for news & info about everything writing-related, including novels, ghostwriting & journalism.
Bubblecow has lots of great info for aspiring novelists, especially on self-publishing. Join their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
Other writing-related pages and groups on Facebook worth joining: London Screenwriters Festival, Script Angel, Scriptwriting in the UK, Script Doctor, Script Advice Writers' Room, Scriptchat, Writers Northern, BBC Writersroom.
START YOUR OWN ONLINE PRESENCE:
Twitter is an invaluable resource to screenwriters, especially via the hashtag #scriptchat. A Twit's guide to Twitter - here.
Facebook can be a very useful way of connecting writers and many are looking for online friends. A friend request, with a short message explaining your intention, is usually enough to friend people online like this but a note of caution: DON'T bombard people with multiple requests or be offended if people tell you they only friend people they've met in real life!
Blogs can be a brilliant way of getting yourself and your work attention, but need a lot of updating and shouldn't be negative/whiny to get the best results. If you don't believe you can commit to full-length blogging, it may be a good idea to stick to social networking only, but of course it's up to you.
Last of all:
EVERY POST IS PERMANENT. That's right - even on Facebook and Twitter, thanks to the overseeing eye of Google. Don't let your online presence be adversely affected when someone types your name into a search engine! What's more, people have an uncanny knack of REMEMBERING the negative people, either online or in real life. If you don't want your negative posts to come back to haunt you, don't write them. Here's a post on creating relationships and a presence online.