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Finding New Ideas

June 29th, 2018

First, thanks to Michela for last week’s blog. I love the way she refers to writing as ‘self-inflicted duty’! It may be for her, but there are many others who want to write but somehow find themselves short of new ideas.

First and foremost, you need to realise that nothing is really new. We’re pretty sure that no matter what idea you come up with, someone else will have already thought of it, or something very much like it. That’s just life. So, it’s not always about finding new ideas, it’s about making an old one fresh – finding a new angle to work from. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Urge to Not Write

June 22nd, 2018

The most important thing a writer can do after completing a sentence is stay in the room. The great temptation is to leave the room and celebrate the completion of the sentence or to go out in the den where the television lies like a dormant monster or to go wander the seductive possibilities of the kitchen. But. It’s this simple. The writer is the person who stays in the room.

Ron Carlson, Ron Carlson Writes a Story

 

The day I came across this paragraph, I felt somebody understood me. Almost. I wish staying in the room were my only problem; usually, I’m reluctant to enter the room in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »




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Finding The Right Publisher For Your Work

June 15th, 2018

First, thanks once again to Elyse for another interesting post. It’s full of useful advice and shows just how important it is to look objectively at what’s on offer when a publisher shows an interest in your work. I know it’s a wonderful feeling when someone says they want to take your book and publish it, but don’t jump in before you’ve gone through everything with a fine toothcomb.

You need to know whether they are going to publish your book as a print run, as print on demand or as an e-book  –  or whether there will be a combination of these.

How long will the contract last and if they decide to stop producing your book, will you be free to take back ownership and find a new publisher or do it yourself? Read the rest of this entry »




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The Best Way To Avoid Unfair Contracts

June 8th, 2018

A few years ago, I was offered a publishing deal with the first publisher I sent my first book to. I was stunned and euphoric. This was a dream come true for me.  Unfortunately, my joy was short lived. My WB Tutor, David Kinchin, suggested I ask legal experts to review the deal was I was being offered and sure enough all was not it appeared. The head won over the heart and to my astonishment I rejected the offer.

After this narrow escape I was wary of publishers and traditional printing; it wasn’t as rosy and wonderful as I’d been led to believe. There were sharks out there who wanted to take your creativity and use it to make themselves rich, whilst you did all the work. Read the rest of this entry »




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First, Second Or Third Person?

June 1st, 2018

We give plenty of good advice in the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Course about how to decide whether to write your novel/short story in the first person or the third person.  For the uninitiated, here’s a quick reminder.

First Person:  I did this/I did that.

Third Person: Jack did this/Jack did that.

The main difference between them is that in the first-person you’ll only be able to identify with one person – the narrator – and the various scenes will be perceived through that character’s eyes. The other characters will be described by whoever is telling the tale. But – and this is a big but – the reader will only find out what the narrator knows, so your story will, in a sense, be limited in its action. But done well it can lead to great fiction – think of Jane Eyre! Read the rest of this entry »




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