January 12th, 2017
As I write this, I’m watching the snow come down, settle and then melt away. It’s a very half-hearted attempt! But it’s certainly miserable for anyone out in it and it’s times like this that tempt even the most industrious writer to have a ‘duvet day’.
My advice is: don’t fight it. The odd day’s loss of production can soon be made up and it’s the ideal time to curl up and have a good read. Most successful authors agree that if you don’t read, you’ll never by a competent writer. Stephen King is quoted as saying: If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Read the rest of this entry »
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January 6th, 2017
First, happy New Year to everyone. For those of you who are already writing, I hope you’ll have a productive year – and one that brings you recognition and rewards for your work. For those of you who are still dithering, get on with it! There’s no time like the present to take the plunge and if you don’t try you’ll never find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a writer.
Every year we hold our Student of the Year Competition (which closes on 31st December) and it won’t be long before we’ll be announcing the results for 2017. The winner and runners up come from various backgrounds and countries but each year they have one thing in common – if they hadn’t decided to follow their dreams and start writing they’d never have found out how successful they could be. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 24th, 2016
Well, here we are at last – Christmas Eve! I’m sure you’ve all still got plenty to do, so I’ll keep this brief.
Christmas can be stressful; so three final tips that I hope will help:
One: ensure you make time for yourself. If you’re itching to write, find yourself a quiet, private place to get on with it. Don’t give in to the demands of others – be selfish (for at least some of the time).
Two: make time to read. I’ve just got back from the library with a stock of books and arms that are stretched to a good six inches longer than when I set off. And later, I’ll be treating myself to some books for my Kindle so that I can slip it in my handbag when I’m going out. Remember, most famous authors say you can’t expect to be a great writer if you don’t read.
Three: enjoy yourself. Whatever makes you happy – do it!
So, from myself and everyone at Writers Bureau have a peaceful and happy Christmas. I’ll be back in the New Year with, dare I say it, the usual thoughts on those pesky resolutions.
Author: Diana Nadin
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December 16th, 2016
This year really seems to have gone quickly and I’m sure that many of you are already starting to mull over how you intend to push your writing career forward in 2017. For some this will involve trying to find more ‘me time’, or networking and attending writing events. For others it might involve enrolling on a writing course – either face-to-face or by distance learning.
I’m no expert on the face-to-face variety, but I do have years of experience with distance learning so I’d just like to offer some tips that you might want to consider before taking the plunge, as some courses on offer are incredibly expensive and you don’t want to make a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 9th, 2016
With Christmas just around the corner and many people considering new laptops, the additional price of purchasing and installing Microsoft Home office can be considerable (from about £99 upward). So I was interested to see a reply to a reader’s query in the December issue of Writing Magazine.
The reader asked if there was a reliable, free substitute for Microsoft. Obviously there’s a lot of free software out there but this varies considerably in compatibility and ease of use. The suggestion they gave was Apache OpenOffice. It’s certainly not a new kid on the block so it has a track record of being stable and reliable. It offers similar software to Microsoft: word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, presentation software. It also looks similar, which is helpful if you are already familiar with Microsoft,and the big plus is that it also allows you to open and save Word docs! Read the rest of this entry »
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