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published on 2018-12-24
It's Christmaaaaaassssss! Here are five fantastic Christmas short stories you can read online, instead of scrolling through depressing news items or the latest celebrity gossip. Maybe they'll inspire you to write one yourself? We'll be sharing new writing competition listings in the New Year if so - and see the link at the bottom of the page for competitions you can enter in the next week should you have one ready to go. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Writerly New Year.
published on 2018-12-10
Writing can be a complicated business – with so many ideas, plans and different drafts to keep organised. But these no longer need to be a jumble of papers, or even a list of confusingly labelled files. Guest blogger Kristin Savage outlines five ways technology can help you take control.
published on 2018-11-28
“All I want for Christmas” has been on repeat in the shops since September – and all you want for Christmas is a little peace and quiet. As the season of advent approaches with its cash tills jingling all the way, we gather together some rather downbeat quotations about Christmas, just for once.
published on 2018-11-26
Writing your novel is only the start of your journey to become a published author. On this one-day, intensive masterclass you will learn how to best to navigate your way – and the different routes you can choose. With Anna Lewis of CompletelyNovel on the panel, how can you afford to miss it?
published on 2018-11-05
The days are getting shorter, so why not stay inside all cosy, polish up some stories or poems to enter some competitions – all with deadlines before New Year.
published on 2018-10-22
It’s coming up to Halloween, and to get in the mood, we’ve got ten terrifying tales that you can read online – some you can also listen to. So draw the curtains, light the candles, and listen to Christopher Lee and Leonard Nimoy reading scary stories to you…
published on 2018-10-01
It’s the start of October, and as the nights draw in, it’s an ideal time to start planning a fresh new book project. You’ve got a whole month before NaNoWriMo starts, where you can blast ahead and get the bulk of your story written in double quick time. So why not get ahead of the game and properly plan the whole thing?
published on 2018-09-12
A time of harvest, Indian summers and golden light, as well as the start of chilly mornings and falling leaves, September has inspired writers and artists throughout the centuries. It’s also the start of a new academic year, and an opportunity to start over again with your writing goals.
published on 2018-09-06
The kids are back to school, students are starting university soon, and it’s time to get back to your writing desk. We’ve gathered together a collection of 13 competitions to see you up to the beginning of November. For some reason 31st October seems to be a particularly popular date for deadlines – no pun intended – but don’t let that scare you off.
published on 2018-08-16
If you’re writing a murder mystery or thriller, then the cover needs to be instantly recognisable for that genre. Read our quick guide to discover how to create a ‘thrilling’ cover for your self-published book with CompletelyNovel.