May 18th, 2015
Right, now, I’m not getting fixated or anything, but last week I blogged about magazine articles and, here I am again, blogging about … magazine articles. Y’see, I’ve got these ideas – all good, publishable, and I’ve got my editorial calendar sorted, but the thing I’m not sure about is how to approach an editor. So I’ve been looking back through the E-Zee Writer archive to get some advice and, as usual, it’s come up trumps. Back in June 2009, Simon Whaley wrote a piece called Perfect Pitches, all about making a good impression and striking deals with editors, and it’s proving to be a great help. Read the rest of this entry »
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May 11th, 2015
I’m branching out. As well as blogs, songs and stories, I’m going to start writing articles. I know I can do it, and I certainly need the money. So I’m getting organised – ready to work.
First job is setting up my own editorial calendar. And how do you do that? Well, scooting around the internet I found a great series of ‘How To’ articles at Lorelle on WordPress. They’re aimed mainly at bloggers, but I’ve found their tips useful for all sorts of writing jobs. Amongst other things, they pointed me toward a website called timeanddate.com where I’ve customized a calendar covering the whole of the next eighteen months. Telling it where I live, it’s included all my local state and religious holidays, so I now have everything from Pancake Day to Diwali on a massive one page per month wall-hanging that’s going to be the foundation of my article writing campaign. Read the rest of this entry »
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January 19th, 2015
You know how people say, ‘If you’re stuck for an idea and don’t know what to write, then go for a walk?’ Well, if you were really at a loss, you could always try writing about … the walk.
Does that sound daft? It did when I first put it down. But, apparently, it’s not. You see, I’ve just finished reading an article called The Great Outdoors by WB tutor Simon Whaley. It was in an old edition of E-Zee Writer from 2009, and it’s all about writing, then publishing, walking routes. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 15th, 2014
Looking for inspiration in some back copies of E-Zee Writer, I came across a great article by Esther Newton called ‘Plan B.’ It’s all about what to do if your dream of becoming the next Ian Fleming or Toni Morrison doesn’t pan out. Obviously, with my history of not finishing fantasy trilogies, it got me thinking, eventually wishing I could go back and have a quiet word with the writer I used to be in the mid-nineties, when the first words of my magnum opus were committed to floppy disc (remember them?) Read the rest of this entry »
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November 19th, 2014
Back in the late 90’s I was working as an actor with a little theatre company in Brussels. We toured shows around Belgium and France, which sounds really exciting – and it was. But I’d been doing it for ten years and wasn’t exactly earning a fortune, so I was looking for a change.
Moving back to the UK, I really fancied the writers’ life – staying home, on my own, lots of time to think, lots of coffee … sounded like heaven. But tinkering around with a story that eventually grew into an epic fantasy trilogy, I soon realized that, for me, novel writing wasn’t going to pay the bills. So I started the Writers Bureau Journalism Course. It seemed really interesting. Read the rest of this entry »
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