published on 2017-03-28
It’s Spring! Time to throw open the windows and clean out the cobwebs – not just from your house but from your writing. We give you some tips for tidying up, or even turning over a new leaf for the new season.
published on 2017-03-27
Forget about cleaning your house this Spring – just dust off those old manuscripts and sort out your computer files. There could be a masterpiece just waiting to be tweaked to fit the competition guidelines. Or write something completely new and completely fantastic! What could be more motivational than a competition deadline?
published on 2017-03-09
This year the London Book Fair is on from 14th -16th March. How can you make the best use of your time when you’re there? We give you our top ten tips for a great day out.
published on 2017-03-07
It’s International Women’s Day today, and so, as well as celebrating the magnificence of women in general, we shine the spotlight on wonderful women writers. We also look at whether women’s writing is valued as highly as men’s.
published on 2017-03-02
During Lent, some people give up alcohol, whilst others renounce chocolate in anticipation of the Easter egg extravaganza. But if you’re thinking about something else to cut out of your life, removing unnecessary words from your writing can be an easy way to make your prose stronger. Use the ‘find’ function in Word to locate them in your own writing, and delete when appropriate.
published on 2017-02-28
Today’s Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras and carnival time. It’s your last opportunity to eat pancakes until… the next time you eat pancakes. Are you giving up anything for Lent? Alcohol? Chocolate? Brussel Sprouts? Because of course, everyone knows it’s best to give up something you don’t really like anyway. Here are some quotations about everything connected with this Lenten season.
published on 2017-02-13
Sometimes it can be hard to get out of bed. You’re tired, it’s cold outside, and all you want to do is stay cosy under the duvet. Well, why not do just that – with your laptop warming your legs like a hi-tech hot water bottle? Many authors have written bestselling books from the comfort of their bed, so follow your writing dreams without even leaving your pillows.
published on 2017-02-09
Sexy, scandalous books such as… a picture book about penguins? These banned books may all not be the ones you imagined. There’s a difference between prohibited from publication, and the strict guidelines that libraries and schools in some states of the USA seem to employ. Which ones have you read? And which are ‘too sexy for your shelves’? Read more about banned books here.
published on 2017-01-31
This week is National Storytelling week in the UK – the seventeenth since it was conceived at the turn of the millennium. Storytelling is at the root of many art forms: we wouldn’t have books, films or television drama without it. Even the news is told in terms of ‘stories’, as we try and make sense of our world with narratives. Here are some tips to becoming a great storyteller – which in turn can only be good for your writing.
published on 2017-01-30
It’s that time again! We’ve gathered together 13 writing competitions (lucky for some) to enter before Easter. It’s April 14th this year, in case you were wondering. As ever, we wish you all the best of luck, and look forward to hearing all about your winning entries…