December 20th, 2013
A couple of years ago I went back to writing. I had only written a little in the past, but not regularly, and I had never had any stories published or entered any competitions. The catalyst for this writing bug was losing my son in 2011, when he was only twenty-seven. I’d read Dawn French’s ‘Dear Fatty’ and loved the way she wrote this autobiography in the style of letter writing. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 18th, 2013
This week I’m going to cover something you should be thinking about for the New Year – Editorial Calendars!
You may never have heard of these, but they can be an invaluable resource for any writer. They are a schedule of the topics the magazine intends to use over the coming year and are usually produced for advertisers. But, you can surely see how useful that could be to you as a writer, can’t you? Read the rest of this entry »
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December 16th, 2013
As it’s coming to the end of our annual Poetry Competition, I thought I’d link you to an article with some expert advice about entering competitions. And this is not just advice from someone who enters them. Oh no! This advice is, if you’ll excuse the cliché, straight from the horse’s mouth. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 13th, 2013
First, thanks to Dawn for last Friday’s blog. In my experience writers tend to fall into two camps – those who can effectively cut out family and friends when they need to write, but feel guilty about it. And those who are easily distracted and make friends and family an excuse for procrastination. Which category do you fall into? Come on…be honest! Read the rest of this entry »
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December 11th, 2013
Type ‘writing competition’ into any search engine and you’ll to get pages and pages of results to trawl through. But, what are the advantages of taking part in writing competitions? Well, there are lots actually! Read the rest of this entry »
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