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Sending Emails – Are you Doing it Right?

May 19th, 2014

Hi Everyone!

We’ve had a lot of questions recently about sending submissions to editors by email rather than sending your manuscript in the post. If you’re unsure about how to structure your covering email, what information to include and how formal you should be, you might want to take a look at this helpful article from our archives: Read the rest of this entry »




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Read Before You Write

May 16th, 2014

First, thanks to Jen for last Friday’s blog.  I tend to work along the lines she suggests as I am, by nature, a procrastinator.  And it’s not usually the hard things that I avoid getting on with – it’s the things that bore me.

If I’ve got something that I don’t particularly want to do I force myself to get on with it for, say, an hour.  But I promise myself that at the end of that hour I’ll do something that I enjoy – such as writing a blog post or something else that’s a little more creative.  By doing this I get the humdrum, tedious jobs out of the way and avoid too much procrastination. Read the rest of this entry »




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Make a Fortune by Writing Fiction

May 14th, 2014

Last week, we talked about writing non-fiction and finding ideas and markets for your articles, so it seems only fair that we do the same for fiction this week! Writing fiction can be a lot of fun, because it gives you the freedom to really use your imagination and create new worlds and characters. The problem is that there seem to be fewer markets for fiction every year, as more and more magazines stop accepting and printing short stories. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Top Tips for Beating Writers’ Block

May 12th, 2014

When people talk about writers’ block, I’m always reminded of one of my favourite quotes from author Philip Pullman:

“All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?”

And he’s right! If writing is your career then writers’ block just isn’t an option. If you’re feeling stuck and struggling to put pen to paper, take a look at our ten top tips for beating the block. Read the rest of this entry »




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Five Ways to Keep Procrastination at Bay

May 9th, 2014

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“I was going to procrastinate on writing today, but I decided to do it later.” – anonymous.

 

The procrastination station is a stop many of us spend far too long visiting. Follow these top tips to overcome the time-stealing devil, and make productivity your best friend.

 

1. Plan your weekly schedule

You’ll find it much less overwhelming when you have a visual of all you need to accomplish and the time in which to do it. When scheduling, make sure you are realistic and don’t set yourself up to fail by not allowing enough time to work on a given project. Read the rest of this entry »




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