December 30th, 2010
I began my writing career in 1999 after sending for the Comprehensive Writers Bureau Course. My first article was published in ‘The Lady’ magazine in December of the same year, and I’ve worked full-time as a freelance writer ever since. This August I began the Novel and Short Story Writing Course. After eleven years of writing non-fiction I needed a new challenge. Since begining the course I’ve sold some short stories, and made the follow up list from the Mills & Boon ‘New Voices’ competition. I’ve also completed a novella and have started my first novel. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 24th, 2010
First, a big thank you to Susan for last week’s blog. I couldn’t agree more – I visit my local library frequently and often order books I’ve read about in newspaper and magazine reviews – it saves me a fortune! But I suspect that as money gets tighter cuts will get deeper – already, many libraries in the UK are no longer able to afford to stock a range of magazines. I know it’s a cliché, but if we don’t use our libraries, we could lose them! Read the rest of this entry »
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December 17th, 2010
Whether you’re an author or freelance writer there’s one thing that can be your biggest ally…your local library.
Mine’s located in what used to be a supermarket/restaurant. It’s spacious and has cozy armchairs and even a fireplace to sit and read beside. However, comfort isn’t the reason I make regular trips there.
Here are three reasons why I think every writer should put a visit to the library on their to do list-
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December 10th, 2010
First, thanks to Sarah for last week’s blog and I wish her every success with her book. Also I applaud her for getting to grips with her time management issues. As I’ve said before, this is something that many writers struggle with and if you’re one of them have a look at our Effective Time Management Course. It’s been written by Writers Bureau tutor, Simon Whaley – so he should know what he’s talking about. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 3rd, 2010
I – like many of you probably – have just got to the end of the NaNoWriMo month. The idea is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in the 30 days of November. This year I managed 19,879 words, but that’s a huge success considering that last year I wrote about 244 before I gave up! Read the rest of this entry »
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