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WB Student Only Writing & Photo Competition Winner

September 13th, 2017

In our first student only competition students were asked to write a short 300-word article about a place in their village, town or city that is special to them. They had to write it as a travel piece to entice people to visit. This exercise was designed to help students look at the familiar with new eyes. The winner received £25 prize and publication on this blog.

And the winner is Sharon Webster with Cleeve Hill

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

September 8th, 2017

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas. In the past I’ve found this difficult to answer, because sometimes ideas seem to come from nowhere. When this happens, it’s great, but it’s not always the case. What about the times when the well feels empty and as if it may have dried up forever?

Sitting around and waiting for the muse to visit is probably not a very practical approach. I find that reading often spurs me into writing – sometimes a powerful short story, or a particular author’s voice, will provoke a strong urge to write. The potential problem here is that you may inadvertently end up copying another writer too closely, something that Dorothea Brande mentions in her seminal work Becoming a Writer. In fact, she turns this into a writing exercise, in which you deliberately spend time reading a writer with a strong voice, write something straight afterwards, and then observe how they have influenced your own style. Read the rest of this entry »




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Letters and Fillers From Your Phone

September 1st, 2017

As usual, thanks to Christine for last week’s blog. I love the whimsical way she approaches characterisation. It really makes her writing seem like a labour of love rather than a chore. I can imagine her wandering around the supermarket, pushing a trolley and chatting away in her mind to the characters that will inhabit her next story.

And talking about supermarkets, I was recently looking at the Writers Bureau Student Forum and someone was saying that they were having problems sending out readers’ letters from their phone.  There was a very helpful response from ‘Susan K’: Read the rest of this entry »




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