June 30th, 2014
We give out a lot of advice on this blog – it is what we’re here for after all – but now and then we like to share a student success story with you. This week, we’ve been talking to Lizbeth Crawford who recently enjoyed her first big publishing success. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 27th, 2014
First, thanks to Jackie for last week’s blog – it certainly shows that it helps if you know the potential market for your book and can demonstrate this to the publishers you are approaching.
I recently came across a good quote from Abraham Lincoln: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” These days, that’s very true of the writing world. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 25th, 2014
With only a few days to go until the closing date of our Short Story Competition, it seems like the perfect time to dish out some advice on what the judges might be looking for. If you’re still working away at your entry – take note! We’re giving you some of our “dos” and “don’ts” for writing for competitions.
It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but we’re going to start with the basics. If you’re going to be a winner then you need to make your story original, and that means avoiding common clichés. Every year we get hundreds of stories on the same old themes – abusive relationships, terminal illnesses, murder and bereavement are always popular starting points for writers of short stories – and for a good reason. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 23rd, 2014
Well, that was a week! Between the kids, the car’s puncture, dentists, rehearsals, domestic chores … it’s a wonder any writing got done at all. Sometimes it would be easier not to write. I mean, let’s face it – there just isn’t time, is there?
Ah no … now, that way lies defeat! As Colin Nissan says – “Writing is a muscle … it needs to be exercised to get stronger.” And you know he’s right. Like playing music, writing is a discipline. It needs to be practised and, somehow, we just have to make time for it.
So how do we do that? Read the rest of this entry »
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June 20th, 2014
It goes without saying that most writers would love to see at least one book on the shelves with their name on the spine. And it is a perfectly achievable goal. But it isn’t simply a question of sitting down and writing about a favourite topic. Unless you want to publish the book yourself, you will have to convince a publisher that your book is worth publishing. Read the rest of this entry »
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