April 30th, 2014
Most writers would agree that proofreading is the least exciting part of writing, whether it’s a novel, short story, article or poem. The problem is that all written work needs to be proofread before it can be sent off to a publisher. Even if you think your English is perfect and you have a real eye for the small details, it’s vital that you always remember to give your work a read through before sending it anywhere – that missing apostrophe could be the difference between a sale and a rejection! Read the rest of this entry »
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April 28th, 2014
I always think that the hardest part about writing is letting other people read your work. It sounds silly, but there’s something very personal about writing. It’s all too tempting to say “I’ll just write for me” and leave your stories and articles sitting on a hard-drive or hidden in a desk drawer. Recently, I decided to be brave and get some real, anonymous and, most importantly, unbiased opinions on my work, and I found a few really useful sites. Read the rest of this entry »
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April 25th, 2014
Writers should be photographers too. Not only can a camera help us capture images useful for research purposes, but we can also use those photos to sell our words.
My first camera was an Olympus Trip 35. It had one lens and all I had to do was point the lens at what I wanted to take, hold the camera steady, and press the shutter button. Then I had to manually wind on the film to the next frame. Yes, film! Remember that? Read the rest of this entry »
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April 23rd, 2014
So, you’ve done the hard part. You’ve finally finished writing your novel and you have a finished manuscript that you can be proud of. You’ve drafted, redrafted, edited and polished until you’re positive it’s the best it can possibly be.
Firstly – well done! You’ve already achieved more than most people do, but why stop there? Read the rest of this entry »
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April 18th, 2014
First, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. It just goes to show that success breeds success – once you’ve had one book published it’s much easier to get subsequent ones accepted.
I often include information about various competitions in this blog but they are usually for poems or short stories. Article-writing competitions seem to be few and far between. Yet producing articles is one of the best places to start your writing career as there are so many markets and such an on-going thirst for content. So I thought I’d remedy the situation by including a couple. Read the rest of this entry »
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