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A Bit Of History

April 27th, 2018

It’s 17 years since I completed the Writers Bureau course. Much has happened in those 17 years. I have become a Writers Bureau tutor myself, I have ghost written one book, published a couple of my own, and as of this month, I have finally, after all these years, published the book I worked on for Assignment 20 of the course.

As a tutor I enjoy reading the book proposals people write as part of the final non-fiction assignment. I like to encourage students to take their plan forward and give them advice based on my own experiences. I hope that a few months, or even years, down the line they will come back to me with the news that their book has, in fact, been published.

My own journey to publication of my book – The King with the Iron Belt – has been a slow one. While I had the idea firmly in my head long before I had reached assignment 20, life got in the way, as it often does. Within a year of completing the course I was making a living from writing, mostly journalism. Finding the time to write a book was not easy. Read the rest of this entry »




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Limerick Competition Open For Entries

April 20th, 2018

First, thanks to Claire for last week’s blog. For me, it demonstrates two things. First, that writing isn’t an easy option. You really have to work at it if you hope to succeed. And second, if you feel you’re working on something good, you should follow your own path and not just go with the flow.

We’ve been hearing for ages that novels should be a minimum of 70,000 words, or they are hard to market, and that novellas and collections of short stories don’t sell unless they are written by someone famous. But Claire’s experience disproves this – they will sell if you persevere and find the right way to get your message to the reading public.

While we’re on the subject of novellas, I’ve just read that ‘Nightflyers’, by George RR Martin is being turned into a ten-part TV series to debut on Syfy (and Netflix) later this year. I’m a great fan of Game of Thrones and can’t wait for the final series to be ready. But I have to admit that since production outran the actual writing of the novels episodes do seem more run-of-the-mill and less riveting. Read the rest of this entry »




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My Writing Journey – 72 Hours To Novella

April 13th, 2018

I’ve wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. As a child, in the pre-Harry Potter days, I read adult books with lots of pages like Jeffrey Archer and Maeve Binchy, and longed to write like them. Unfortunately, life got in the way and for one reason or other my ambitions were shelved.  However, I never forgot my dream, but just earning a living and paying the bills meant there was never enough time for writing.  Years later, I enrolled on the Writer’s Bureau course in 2016 after I saw an advertisement that piqued my interest, and I found the course materials and the tutor to be second to none. I had a period of illness, which led to a long period of absence from work, and I found the coursework therapeutic. I thought to myself, maybe this is my time to follow my dream.

Six months after I started the course, I heard about a writing competition that takes place on the American holiday, Labour Day weekend every year, which involves writing a complete novel in just three days. I didn’t have much time to prepare but I was determined to enter. My husband was out of the house that weekend on a short break so it was a perfect opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »




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Beating Writer’s Block

April 6th, 2018

First thanks to Colin for last weeks’s blog. I always love it when people illustrate what they’re talking about with lots of examples. It’s easy to say ‘your book needs an inciting incident’, but what does that mean? But, throw in a few great examples and it becomes so much easier to understand and incorporate into your own writing.

Some writers believe in writer’s block, some don’t. But I’m sure you’ll agree that there are times when we all get stuck, or the words won’t flow. It can lead to negative, depressing thoughts; so here are some tips for getting over it!

See your writing as a job – something you’ve just got to settle down and get on with rather than waiting for inspiration to strike. Read the rest of this entry »




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