February 5th, 2016
First, I’d like to apologise for the fact that we didn’t post a YouTube clip on Monday. Time seems to be flying by and I’d completely forgotten that it was the first Monday in the month; so you’re going to get two for the price of one today!
We’re now getting to the point where (drumroll) we’re nearly ready to announce the winners of our Short Story Competition. So I thought the clip of A M Howcroft explaining ‘How to Win a Short Story Competition’ would be appropriate. And I’ve used it as a basis for putting across my own comments on the subject, prompted by what I saw when I was looking through this year’s entries. So here are the five main points he suggests, followed by my observations: Read the rest of this entry »
January 29th, 2016
As you probably already know, we hold a ‘Writer of the Year Award’ and our winner for 2016 has just been announced as Rachel Louise Dove. Congratulations Rachel! Since enrolling, she has been doing well selling articles and stories to a variety of magazines. The real feather in her cap, though, has been winning the Flirty Fiction Competition that Prima held last year in conjunction with Mills & Boon.
But the Award isn’t just about the writer who has sold the most articles/stories or made the most money. One of the reasons why we chose Rachel is because she has used her writing to further a good cause – raising over £2000 for cancer charities by contributing three of her stories to anthologies. Read the rest of this entry »
January 22nd, 2016
First, thanks to Sneha for last week’s post showing how to use your time online professionally and constructively rather than frittering it away.
Since Christmas and my New Year resolutions I’ve been doing less ‘frittering’ – so I’ve only just caught up with the fact that Collins Dictionary word-of-the-year for 2015 was ‘binge-watch’. You know, where you lose huge chunks of time catching up on box sets, so that you can discuss them with friends. Synonymous in most respects with ‘couch potato’ or ‘slobbing out’! Other words that seem to be trending are ‘dadbod’ – what happens when the hunk in your life starts to look a little less…hunky. And my favourite: ‘manspreading’. Don’t you just hate it when you sit on a train or a bus and the man next to you is reading the newspaper – but in order to do this he has to have his legs apart, taking up most of your space? There are ways around this, but I won’t go into them here. Read the rest of this entry »
January 18th, 2016
Are you struggling to maintain online visibility? Are you finding it difficult to reserve your time for online visibility? Here’s an answer to your worries. As a writer, it is very important to complete your scheduled assignments. Yet, it is also important to be visible online – by online, I mean that you should be visible on LinkedIn, WhatsApp Messenger and email. While juggling with writing assignments, you can revive past contacts through these social networks. How? Please read on.
- Regularly update your profile photo and resume.
- Publicize your freelance writing services during any ‘dry phase’: you should survey your contact list for individual entrepreneurs, business start-ups, SMEs or professionals who would need a Freelance Writer. Then, send a personalized yet business-like message to these individuals.
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January 8th, 2016
I’d like to wish you a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year, but before we go any further just let me reassure you that, despite the title, I’m not going to spend this post trying to put the world to rights. Though after watching international news over the past few days many places could certainly do with a helping hand!
No, I’m thinking of the BBC’s new, six-part adaptation of War and Peace which started last Sunday. I talked before Christmas about the Instapoets and last week Neill mentioned the way social media, and its short forms, is impacting on language (thanks, Neill, for your humorous take on life), but we still seem to be suckers for a good, long read. I know I certainly am. Read the rest of this entry »