July 31st, 2015
So you’re a writer, thanks to The Writers Bureau, what next? Writing, investing and earning from your writing is what’s next: what I call writepreneurship.
Writing can be a lonely and difficult process and the post-project depression may be disheartening, but in the end writing is one of life’s most satisfying achievements. For me it’s therapeutic. I have over ten published articles by two national newspapers, never paid, but I still write.
Investing in writing is the first step. Time is never there for writing, so create time from your busy life schedule to write. Don’t wait for motivation, it never comes. Throw yourself into your writing, it is a venture like any other. And then be passionate about it. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 8th, 2015
Our kids dragged us to the Manchester Film and Comic Con last weekend. Well, I say dragged … I was more excited than them. It was a huge event, packed with dealers, big screen TVs, an auditorium for talks, and rows of desks where celeb’s were signing graphic novels, DVDs, original artwork, baseball caps, etc.
My ten year old son was after ‘retro’ games, and we soon found some. So while he hummed and hahed over Pokemon and Donkey Kong I had a look round. I noticed one particular table which was quite simple (by comic con standards.) On a plain black cloth, it held just a few piles of books, all copies of four paperbacks that were neatly laid out on display – all clearly part of a series. Behind the table was a woman in a striking outfit – part Tolkien’s Rivendell, part Mos Eisley spaceport.
“Are you the author?” I said.
“Yes,” she said
And that’s how I came to meet the inspirational C. G. Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
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March 30th, 2015
Carole Taylor’s a stubborn lass. Even back at school she told everyone that, one day, she was going to write a book. Now, granted, she did get a bit side-tracked raising a family (and with her daughter the deputy head of a London primary school, son a departmental leader in an international bank, I think we can assume she put a reasonable amount of effort into that.) More recently, there’s been a major health scare with her heart. And now, as well as working part time for a TV production company, her first grandchild’s appeared on the scene … Nonetheless, she never did give up on that book thing and, in the end, didn’t just write one, but five. They’re not only written either, she’s had them all published as ebooks by an American online publisher. So, if any of you out there were thinking it was too late to get started on a writing career – read on. Read the rest of this entry »
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March 13th, 2015
As usual, thanks to David for last Friday’s blog. I love the fact that he feels working with Writers Bureau is like being part of a big, extended family. I’ve been with the company for over 30 years and still feel the same way!
Before I go any further I want to share a site I’ve found with you, in case you’ve not discovered it yet. It’s called AdviceToWriters and it’s a veritable goldmine of useful (and not so useful) information.
There is a daily quote – I liked this one by William Zinsser:
Repeat after me:
Short is better than long.
Simple is good. (Louder.)
Long Latin nouns are the enemy.
Anglo-Saxon active verbs are your best friend.
One thought per sentence.
Nothing like following your own advice! Read the rest of this entry »
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February 9th, 2015
It may not be your cup of tea, but if your writing career starts taking off, at some point you’ll have to get up in front of an audience and either read them a piece, or tell them about it. Now, way back in another life (before we had kids) I worked as an actor and, though I never got anywhere near even the suggestion of a shadow of Hollywood, I did pick up a few pointers on speaking in public. So, if and when you get the call, I hope they’ll be of use to you.
1. Know Your Audience. First of all, think about who you’re speaking to. Between a primary school class, an open mic in your local pub, and a literary festival crowd, there is a world of difference. If you manage to pitch things right, you’ll make life a lot easier for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
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