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Happy Christmas!

December 24th, 2016

16304469-vertical-golden-banners-with-greetings-and-christmas-treesWell, here we are at last – Christmas Eve! I’m sure you’ve all still got plenty to do, so I’ll keep this brief.

Christmas can be stressful; so three final tips that I hope will help:

One: ensure you make time for yourself. If you’re itching to write, find yourself a quiet, private place to get on with it. Don’t give in to the demands of others – be selfish (for at least some of the time).

Two: make time to read. I’ve just got back from the library with a stock of books and arms that are stretched to a good six inches longer than when I set off. And later, I’ll be treating myself to some books for my Kindle so that I can slip it in my handbag  when I’m going out. Remember, most famous authors say you can’t expect to be a great writer if you don’t read.

Three: enjoy yourself. Whatever makes you happy – do it!

So, from myself and everyone at Writers Bureau have a peaceful and happy Christmas. I’ll be back in the New Year with, dare I say it, the usual thoughts on those pesky resolutions.




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Getting the Write Course for You

December 16th, 2016

iStock_000001353753Large-blogThis 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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Your Favourite Food Fantasies

December 9th, 2016

food-healthy-vegetables-potatoes-blogWith Christmas just around the corner and many people considering new laptops, the additional price of purchasing and installing Microsoft Home office can be considerable (from about £99 upward). So I was interested to see a reply to a reader’s query in the December issue of Writing Magazine.

The reader asked if there was a reliable, free substitute for Microsoft. Obviously there’s a lot of free software out there but this varies considerably in compatibility and ease of use. The suggestion they gave was Apache OpenOffice. It’s certainly not a new kid on the block so it has a track record of being stable and reliable. It offers similar software to Microsoft: word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, presentation software. It also looks similar, which is helpful if you are already familiar with Microsoft,and the big plus is that it also allows you to open and save Word docs! Read the rest of this entry »

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