March 24th, 2017
When I worked for a high street bank I was taught all about standing orders. These allow you to pay the same amount of money to the same person/company on a continuous basis. It’s a regular commitment.
Whenever a new customer opened up a current account with us we encouraged them to open up a savings account too. Then we’d set up a standing order to transfer a small amount to their new savings account on the day after payday.
Transfer £50 every month and after 12 months those small little deposits mount up to £600. Not a bad little sum: ideal to put towards Christmas, or perhaps a summer holiday.
What I didn’t realise when I embarked on my freelance writing career was that writers should make standing orders too. Not financial ones, but time and word standing orders. Read the rest of this entry »
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April 4th, 2016
When I first started watching this clip I must confess to having reservations. I thought the content might by ‘too American’; I felt that Grace spoke rather too fast and she seems fond of a pet hate of mine – using your fingers to put ‘inverted commas’ around what you are saying.
But when I’d watched it through, I certainly warmed to her and I think the advice she gives is really sensible. Here are the main points she makes, and you can’t argue with any of them. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 11th, 2015
First, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. I know that meticulously recording all your sources isn’t the most exciting part of writing – it’s not exactly creative, is it? But it’s important and Sue should know, especially when you look at the list of non-fiction books she’s had published!
We’ve now started the run-up to Christmas. I tend to be quite laid-back about the whole thing because I don’t have a large family to cater for, but some people I know have already gone into panic-mode. One of the less enjoyable things about Christmas is that it seems to suck up huge amounts of time. If you’re a writer this can be particularly irritating. It’s difficult enough to find time to write during the rest of the year and it becomes virtually impossible at Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 4th, 2015
Whether you are researching a non-fiction article or a full-length book, it pays to be meticulous about your research.
If you are making notes from a reference book, and have found a useful fact, carefully write down the name of the page number, author, book, date published, edition, and publisher. This is so you can easily find it if you need to refer to it again. If you prefer to type up your research as you are going along, then type the whole reference in brackets (or whatever suits you best) so you have a record of it – you can always edit it out later if needed.
Depending on your book publisher, you may have to provide source references for each chapter, and your life will be made much easier if you have noted them down throughout the writing process. Read the rest of this entry »
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November 3rd, 2015
We’ve featured one of this writer’s YouTube clips before – but I do like her style and enthusiasm! Also, because some of the tips are geared to copywriting, rather than just creative writing, I thought you might find them particularly useful.
We give you most of these tips in our course but they are so important that they are worth repeating. So in reverse order…
10. When you’ve finished writing, let the piece rest before sending it off.
9. If you aim to write, then read! Read the rest of this entry »
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