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Proofing Your Way To Perfection

September 13th, 2019

First, thanks to Tracey for last week’s honest blog post. I found the fact that she was so analytical about her shortcomings very refreshing and I think there’s a lot to be learned from her experience.

As you probably know, in addition to writing courses we also do a Proofreading and Copy Editing Course. People often think that a proofreading course is mainly for those who want to set up in business using these skills, but we find that’s far from the only reason why students enrol with us.  Many of them are already studying one of our creative writing courses and they decide that being able to proofread professionally will help them to ensure that work they send out to publishers and editors is error free. Read the rest of this entry »




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Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

September 6th, 2019

When you make the scary decision to call yourself a writer, it is natural to glean as much as you can about writing, either through formal study, research or a combination of the two. Invariably, you will discover numerous ways to construct your story, how you’re supposed to plan and know exactly what the narrative will look like before you start writing. Then, there is the reality.

The Idea

Ideas manifest themselves in a variety of ways and can come from anywhere at any time. Personally, I am often blindsided by an idea when there is no immediate access to writing materials, like in the shower or whilst driving. When this happens I start ‘singing’ the idea out loud so I don’t forget it. The beginning of a new piece is an exciting stage, but it is rarely a fully formed idea. At this point you are likely to have a fragment or several fragments around a theme, a location, a piece of dialogue, a character, or a scene. Read the rest of this entry »




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Learning To Show, Not Tell

August 30th, 2019

First, thanks to Amber for last week’s blog – I think it’s brilliant advice. If you shut yourself away at home all the time, you can be in danger of forgetting how to interact with people – and understanding how people tick is a vital part of being a writer. And this doesn’t just apply to fiction writers. You also need to know what people are talking about at the moment and what interests them if you hope to write non-fiction that sells. You can’t rely on the TV or internet as what you see there is often a rather skewed version of how ‘normal’ (?) people behave and react.

Moving on, one of the things that writers hear repeatedly from their critics is ‘show don’t tell’ – but what exactly does this mean? I know many people find it difficult to put into practice; so this week I’m going to give you an example from the Writers Bureau course that sums it up perfectly. Read the two extracts and you’ll know exactly what I mean: Read the rest of this entry »




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How Your Day Job is Helping Your Writing Career

August 23rd, 2019

When people ask you what you do for a living, how do you respond? I think of myself predominantly as a writer, although I also have a day job to pay the bills. As such, I will often state my day job as my main occupation in order to avoid sounding pompous (even the notion!) I would imagine that many of you reading this are in a similar position, fitting your Writers Bureau courses around other commitments such as work.

As writers, it is incredibly easy to fall into a pit of frustration, longing for the day when you can quit your nine-to-five in order to pursue your passion as a full-time career. But aside from greater financial security, there are several reasons why having a day job can be a helpful tool to improve your writing. Read the rest of this entry »




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How To Find New Ideas

August 16th, 2019

First, thanks to Peter for last week’s post. I hope he is enjoying his Art Of Writing Poetry Course and finding it inspirational.

Many people struggle finding new ideas to write about. Well, first and foremost, it’s good to realise that nothing is really new. No matter what idea you come up with, someone else will have already thought of it, or something very much like it. That’s just life. So, it’s not always about finding new ideas, it’s about making an old idea fresh – finding a new angle. Read the rest of this entry »




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