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Top Short Story Writing Tips from Competition Judge!

May 31st, 2013

Iain Pattison, judge of our annual short story competition, offers some timely tips on boosting your chances this year.

The clock is ticking – it’s only a few short weeks until the magical June 30th closing date and I know hundreds of people will be busy penning an entry or excitedly working out a plot, so I thought this would be an ideal time to offer a few pointers on what to try – and most importantly, what to avoid! Read the rest of this entry »




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Is Blogging Worth Your Time?

May 29th, 2013

This is a difficult question to answer, as it all depends on how much time and effort you are prepared to put into it. Some people spend hours and hours on their blog because it’s a way for them to make money, with advertising and so on. But, what if you’re just using it to promote yourself as a creative writer, is it really worth your time?

Well, the best way to evaluate this is to look at what you need to do to have a blog that people want to come back to time and again. Read the rest of this entry »




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Food For Thought

May 24th, 2013

First, thanks to Jackie for last week’s insight into the working of editors’ minds. Not always something that’s easy to understand! Read the rest of this entry »




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How to Add Gravitas to Your Writing

May 22nd, 2013

One of the oldest sayings about writing is ‘Write what you know’, which I agree with in principle. When you write about what you know it’s quicker and easier as you don’t have to spend hours researching facts and figures about your chosen subject – you should know how to put your hands on what you want quickly and efficiently. Plus, if the subject is something you know a lot about or are qualified in, you can use your own quotes to add gravitas to the piece. Read the rest of this entry »




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Editors are Human Too!

May 17th, 2013

Writers both new and experienced do like to have a little moan about editors. They grumble about editors not acknowledging copy, or for not giving a reason for rejecting the writer’s ideas. Read the rest of this entry »




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