27 Years of Success!

Tel: 0161 819 9922

My Writing Journey – 72 Hours To Novella

April 13th, 2018

I’ve wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. As a child, in the pre-Harry Potter days, I read adult books with lots of pages like Jeffrey Archer and Maeve Binchy, and longed to write like them. Unfortunately, life got in the way and for one reason or other my ambitions were shelved.  However, I never forgot my dream, but just earning a living and paying the bills meant there was never enough time for writing.  Years later, I enrolled on the Writer’s Bureau course in 2016 after I saw an advertisement that piqued my interest, and I found the course materials and the tutor to be second to none. I had a period of illness, which led to a long period of absence from work, and I found the coursework therapeutic. I thought to myself, maybe this is my time to follow my dream.

Six months after I started the course, I heard about a writing competition that takes place on the American holiday, Labour Day weekend every year, which involves writing a complete novel in just three days. I didn’t have much time to prepare but I was determined to enter. My husband was out of the house that weekend on a short break so it was a perfect opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »




Comments Off on My Writing Journey – 72 Hours To Novella

No More Women In Jeopardy, Please!

February 23rd, 2018

First, thanks to Matthew for last week’s blog. I really thought the reasons he put forward for entering competitions were persuasive. He’s absolutely right, the fact that you are creating for a purpose and you have to work to a deadline are great incentives to make you sit down and write!

At this point I’d like to refer back to another relatively recent blog post – one written by Writers Bureau tutor David Kinchin. In it he mentions the need to find good titles for your work, and this was brought home to me recently when I looked at the longlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. It’s the world’s most lucrative short story prize with £30,000 for the winner and, as you can imagine, the standard is incredibly high. Most of the titles were sharp but these two stood out as being particularly eye-catching: Cooking A Wolf and Peanuts Aren’t Nuts. If they make it to the shortlist (announced in March) it will be interesting to see whether the originality of the stories lives up to the titles. Read the rest of this entry »




Comments Off on No More Women In Jeopardy, Please!

In Praise of Competitions…

February 16th, 2018

In summer last year I chanced upon a short story competition and decided to enter. I hadn’t even appreciated that such things existed.

I didn’t win. In fact, I heard nothing back from the organisers, save for an acknowledgment of receipt. But I enjoyed the experience; it piqued my interest, and I searched for more.

Before long, I had a list of potentials and aimed to come up with entries for each. These were stories that I would never have written were it not for the spur of the contests. Read the rest of this entry »




Comments Off on In Praise of Competitions…

NaNoWriMo 2017

November 10th, 2017

First, thanks to David for last week’s blog and pointing out the importance of choosing a good title for your book.

I’d always suggest being guided by the experts (your publisher or agent if you are going for a traditional publishing deal). But what do you do if you’re thinking of self-publishing? Well, I’d come up with my own idea, try it on the people around me that I knew and trusted, listen to their advice and suggestions – and then make my own decision.

It’s that time of year again (doesn’t it come round fast?) – NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, that’s National Novel Writing Month where participating authors try to get the first draft of their novel completed in the 30 days of November. I suspect they may not have too much time to worry about titles at this stage, as they’ll be too busy getting the basics in place. Read the rest of this entry »




Comments Off on NaNoWriMo 2017

The Rise And Fall Of The E-book

July 11th, 2017

First, thanks to Walter for last week’s blog. I couldn’t agree more with what he has to say. Winning a writing competition has lots of advantages: the prize (whether cash or some other goodie), the confidence it gives you (let’s be honest, we all like our egos massaging at times), publication, the promotion you get as a writer and, of course, the chance to meet famous authors!

There’s also the fact that making yourself write something new for a competition and then polishing it until you know it’s the very best you can do is wonderful discipline for any writer. And this is one of the main reasons why, here at Writers Bureau, we hold a number of competitions each year: short story, flash fiction, poetry and limerick. So, here’s a quick reminder that you’ve still time to have some fun and win a cash prize by entering our latest Limerick Competition. The closing date is 31st July… so it’s creeping up on you fast! Read the rest of this entry »




Comments Off on The Rise And Fall Of The E-book

subscribe
About The Author: Diana Nadin

Blog Home

 
Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

Bookmark and Share