published on 2018-04-10
It’s a dream that a lot of aspiring writers hold dear – the time when they can give up the day job and concentrate on their literary career. Many writers had interesting jobs before they had success with their books – providing inspiration for some of their work. But some continued working another job, at the same time as writing – most famously T.S Eliot, who continued working as a bank clerk, proving that you don’t have to give up the day job!
published on 2018-03-27
So, it’s the beginning of the Summer term, if not quite feeling summery as yet – or even particularly Spring like. Still, whether you’re writing outdoors on a sunlounger or indoors wearing three jumpers, we’ve collected together competitions with deadlines to take you up to midsummer.
published on 2018-03-19
Writing a book and building a house are very different endeavours. Find out what the two things have in common in our guide to constructing your novel.
published on 2018-02-22
Are you the kind of parent that remembers that it’s World Book Day only as your children are stepping out of the door in their school uniform? The boy next door is dressed as The Cat in the Hat and his sister is Pippi Longstocking in a ginger wig – and you suddenly have a vague recollection of a scrunched up letter from school about fancy dress. Well World Book Day is on 1 March- you have been warned! We’ve got some quick solutions for last minute costumes.
published on 2018-01-30
It’s Valentine’s Day next week, so here are some quotations from famous authors and thinkers – to inspire a deeper love, to make you think of love in a different way, or even to write on a banner to fly behind the plane you’ve hired as a Valentine’s surprise. Or just in a card, according to your budget.
published on 2018-01-30
Writing competitions can be very motivating – there are usually guidelines and word counts, deadlines to help you finish, and a prize to inspire you. So why not have a go, and write your way to success before Easter?
published on 2018-01-10
It’s cold outside, the nights are still long, everyone’s stopped drinking and purses are empty after Christmas excesses. Depressing? Well the good news is, there’s no better time to stay in and write your entries for these 10 fantastic writing competitions, all with deadlines up to 14th February.
published on 2017-12-13
Are you one of those ultra-organised people who have finished their gift buying by mid September? Or more of a ‘last minute panic’ person, desperately rushing around the high street on Christmas Eve? We have gathered together some quotations about Christmas presents, to get more of a literary perspective. It’s good to know that in Mafia circles, nothing says ‘Christmas’ like ‘not murdering each other’.
published on 2017-11-14
CompletelyNovel Author Stephanie Richmond has just published her third novel After the Light, After the Love with us. Here, she shares her experiences, and gives some great tips for other authors who are interested in self-publishing their work.