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published on 2016-11-21
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just for those in the USA. Great writers and thinkers from all over have penned beautiful lines about gratitude. Taking a moment to give thanks for the good things in our lives, and even recognising that the bad things have been a part of the journey can help us develop as writers. Here are 12 quotations all about being thankful.
published on 2016-11-09
We’re called ‘CompletelyNovel’ but that doesn’t mean we only publish fiction. Many of the most successful of our self-publishing authors have written about an aspect of their own life, for example their travels, a personal project or family history. Writing a memoir can be a great way to share your life story with your friends and family and printed copies can also be a lovely gift.
published on 2016-10-25
Getting published in today’s world is a daunting task. In many cases you’ll probably need an agent, and you’ll get rejected more times than you count. Self publishing seems like the easiest route, but it requires just as much work, if not more, to get noticed. Matt Banner from OnBlastBlog offers some tips and strategies for becoming a better and more efficient writer.
published on 2016-10-24
When November comes around, thoughts turn to Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, and growing facial hair for charity (althought that’s usually exclusively for men). However, for writers, it’s NaNoWriMo , or National Novel Writing Month.
published on 2016-10-14
Entering an author’s home is entering their world – an insight into their way of life, their tastes and personality. Breathing in the literary air in these houses may even inspire you in your own writing endeavours! Here are our suggestions for a variety of places to visit.
published on 2016-10-06
It’s National Poetry Day today in the UK – a great time to remind you that poems are not just for weddings and funerals, but for every day! In our time squeezed culture, poems are perfect little packages you can read in one go, making you think a little differently, and perhaps a little deeper. Here are 6 resources to help you discover more about both reading and writing poetry.
published on 2016-09-23
Now it’s officially Autumn, it’s time for our new season’s round up of writing competitions. All these competitions have deadlines before the New Year. There’s a good mix of contests here, for novels, short stories and poems – so hopefully something for everyone.
published on 2016-09-19
The equinox at the end of this week marks the official start of a new season – so bid a fond farewell to Summer, and welcome Autumn. Brightly coloured leaves, the first frosts, and harvest time… Autumn has been an inspiration to many writers throughout history. Here are twelve quotations to inspire you as the days get shorter, and cosy nights reading by the fire await you.
published on 2016-09-15
Self-publishing your book can seem a huge mountain to climb. Some people are natural mountain climbers. They’re self-motivated, well organised and efficient – and when they say they’re going to get their book published by Christmas, you wouldn’t bet against them. More often, writers start off full of energy and good intentions, but run out of steam and give up. Here are some ideas to you get to the summit.