November 27th, 2015
I’ve just got back from a holiday in Japan – somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. It was a terrific experience: wonderful autumn colours in the mountains and forests; imposing Shogun castles and enough temples and shrines to keep you going for a lifetime (and who can argue with people who are so relaxed about their religion that when you find a Buddhist temple it often has a Shinto shrine in the same complex). Read the rest of this entry »
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November 20th, 2015
The time has come round once again when we’re looking for Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2016. We have been holding this event since 2006 and in that time we’ve heard some wonderful stories.
Last year’s winner was Jacqueline Jeynes (pictured) who, amongst other things, now writes for Silver Travel Advisor website and has started to get the kind of all-expenses-paid trips that every travel writer dreams of.
In 2014 it was Martin Read who took The Award. He now regularly sees his name in magazines and newspapers, travelling to sporting events around the country and interviewing a diverse range of people. He says, “In the last few months I’ve interviewed a cabinet minister, a senior official at Westminster Abbey, two rugby internationals, professional cricketers, a top cricket umpire and a professional, international football referee. It’s a dream job for me.” Read the rest of this entry »
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November 13th, 2015
Last week I took a look at NaNoWriMo, where writers try to create a novel in a single month.
November is obviously developing as a literary month (all those dark nights to settle down and write) because National Short Story Week also takes place from 16th to 22nd. According to their site, this is ‘an annual awareness event. Its aim is to focus the attentions of the public and the media on the short story and short story writers, publishers and events. The aims of National Short Story Week are to get more people reading and listening to short stories; get more people writing short stories; develop creative and commercial opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in the short story form. Read the rest of this entry »
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November 9th, 2015
Do you ever finish a job and think: ‘Ooof – that was hard?’ I do it all the time, most recently with a story I (eventually) entered for the Aeon Award just last week. As some of you may remember, I started The Little People for a competition in Writing Magazine way back in September last year, but when the first draft came in way over the word count, I had to find a plan B, and this was it. Read the rest of this entry »
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November 6th, 2015
It’s November again but it’s also ‘N’ for… NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which they say is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.”
The number of participants seems to grow every year and if you decide to give it a try you’ll certainly get plenty of support if you visit their website. There’s help with planning your novel (though I would assume that most people who hurl themselves into a month-long frenzy of writing already have a pretty good idea of their plot before they start).
You can join a local group of writers and attend writing events in person or receive online encouragement from staff and published authors. Read the rest of this entry »
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