May 30th, 2014
First, thanks to Kani for last Friday’s blog – it really is good advice. After all, we can choose how we react to rejection of our writing. We can let it get us down and inhibit future work. Or, we can use it as something positive that inspires us to do better. I know that adopting the right mental attitude is often easier said than done – but give it a try!
And talking about being positive, I was reading an article recently about Stephen Sutton, the teenager who died of cancer a couple of weeks ago. He had wisdom beyond his years, and one of the things he said when interviewed was:
“Everyone is given 86,400 seconds at the beginning of the day to do whatever they want with it. And at the end of the day you’re not given that time back…so that’s why I think it’s important to use the time we’ve got as positively and productively as possible.” Read the rest of this entry »
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May 28th, 2014
What is SEO?
SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is essentially how you make your website visible to people using search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. Using it effectively means that your website will appear in the top few results whenever someone searches for something relevant, meaning more visits to your page! Read on for our top tips for increasing your web traffic. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 26th, 2014
If you’re a new writer, one of the best things you can do to promote your work is start your own blog. It’s free, easy and gives you the perfect opportunity to get some feedback on your writing. It’s also a great way to keep up your motivation once you have a few followers. You’ll be amazed how much more you write when you know you have an audience!
But where do you start? Well, the most popular options for bloggers are WordPress and Blogger and both come with some fairly self-explanatory tutorials to help you get set up. We’ve also rounded up a few of our favourite blogs to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls of new bloggers. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 23rd, 2014
The very word ‘rejection’ sends a cold chill down the spine, invoking a cocktail of emotions; shame, pain, depression and their associated synonyms. There are different phobias for different people, but like Derek Jeter said, “everybody fears rejection”. Rejection is a common denominator, everyone feels it at some point or another; the boy who tries to kiss a girl and gets pushed off, an artist who is booed off the stage during a performance, a public speaker who has half his audience dozing off, not being invited to a class party or having your manuscript returned. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 21st, 2014
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve definitely seen the last of the wintry weather for this year, and we’ve had some beautiful weather in Manchester this week. With a lovely long weekend to look forward to and (fingers crossed) more sunshine on the way, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and about and find some new ideas.
If you’re a poet, this is the perfect time of year for you. You only have to look at some of the classics to see how inspiring the natural world can be. Think of famous poems like Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” or Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”. Reading them conjures up images of sunny days, brightly coloured flowers and green grass, and it’s obvious that these poets were hugely influenced by their surroundings. If a walk in the country on a spring day doesn’t help you to come up with even a few new lines or verses – nothing will! Read the rest of this entry »
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