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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October 19th, 2015
Come on now, let’s get our cards on the table. What, exactly, do we all want out of this ‘writing’ business? Worldwide fame and fortune like J. K. Rowling and Stephen King? Or literary kudos? Maybe one of us could be the next Arundhati Roy, or Lemn Sissay?
Well, to be honest, either would be nice. But the way things are, I’ll settle for a third option: staying home (so I’m here when the kids get back from school) with no ‘boss’ breathing down my neck, making a bit of extra money doing something I love – something I do anyway, paid or not.
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June 26th, 2015
First , thanks to Mike for last Friday’s blog. Whatever he chooses to call it, I just wish I could write humour half as well as he does!
Summer seems to bring out a spate of literary festivals, big and small. There’s the Ampthill Literary Festival on 11th July; the Buxton Festival from 10th to 26th July; the Ledbury Poetry festival from 3rd to 12th July… the list goes on and on and full details can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 22nd, 2014
A friend of ours got a new job last week – Senior Copywriter for one of the big banks. I’m not sure what the salary is, but it’s more than her last post (also copywriting) and comes with all the perks of full-time employment – holiday pay; sickness benefits; pension plan, etc. Understandably, she’s delighted, and though she’s not planning a mansion on Millionaires’ Row just yet, she may well take an extra holiday some time in the new year. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 19th, 2014
Writing has saved my life in a way no one could imagine. The day I was born I was just the same as every other baby. Kicked, screamed, cried and crawled. But one thing was puzzling, you could never tell when I was happy or sad because I never smiled, frowned or articulated any facial expressions. When I learned to talk, my speech was also unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
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