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Be A Competitor!

November 29th, 2019

I’m a strong believer in reinvesting some of your earnings back into your writing career.

Sell an article for £150? Yes, treat yourself to a box of luxury chocolates by all means, but also put some of it away towards a writing course, perhaps, and spend some of it on market research, or even a new book about writing!

Writing competitions are another thing I think it’s worth ‘investing’ in.

Some up-and-coming writers are reluctant to participate in writing competitions. One of the reasons is that there is (usually) an entry fee, but this to me is a good sign – one that the competition is being properly run. Administering a writing competition is time-consuming, and readers and judges need to be hired and paid for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poems For The Environment

November 22nd, 2019

Thanks to Alan for his suggestions on idea generation. Some people seem to have so many ideas that they get blocked because they simply don’t know what to sit down and tackle first. They need iron discipline to work logically, finish each project and polish it before moving on to the next.

Others struggle to come up with ideas, and articles like Alan’s and the tips and advice we give in the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course prove useful. Then when they discover their creativity there’s no stopping them and one idea leads to another. One article generates ideas for the next, and the next… Read the rest of this entry »

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Make Your Ideas Welcome – They’re Your Friends

November 15th, 2019

Forty-odd years ago, our dynamics lecturer wrote an equation on the blackboard. One symbol caught my imagination. That idea, for a novel, complete with cover design, remained with me for about thirty five years.

Years later, I reached the novel writing section of the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Writing Course. The same idea eventually grew into my début novel, Theta Double Dot.

I’m always fascinated by how others garner ideas, so I’d like to share some of my own methods. I should emphasise that these have evolved, as my circumstances and opportunities have altered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Small But Perfectly Formed – Flash Fiction

November 8th, 2019

First, thanks to Willie for last week’s post. It’s interesting to hear him say that he thought writing for children would be easier than writing for adults. Lots of people phone up for a chat about enrolling on our Writing For Children Course and they often seem to think that this will be the case – unfortunately, as Willie found out, it’s not!

If anything, it’s harder because you have to know what age group you are targeting; you then have to be able to use words and ideas that are appropriate to this particular age group. You have to convince a publisher that you know what you’re doing in this respect and you also have to steer clear of overworked and old-fashioned concepts. What was popular when you were a child – or when your children were young – might not be top of the publishers pops these days. Finally, you’ve always to keep parents and teachers in mind. Because these are the people who have the money and will buy the books you write. If you’re writing books for young children, parents want them to look attractive and be fun to read aloud. If you’re writing for older children they want to be sure that if you do touch on a difficult topic it is done with tact and, let’s be honest, there is always the issue of ‘political correctness’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preparing Your Children’s Book

November 1st, 2019

I finished a twenty-module Comprehensive Writing Course with the Writers Bureau in August 2019. I started the course in 2015 and at times was stumped by challenges along the way and let months pass without completing a module. But I always returned and the assignments worked; they made me think, they made me research, they made me practise. Help was always at hand from a tutor when I needed it. The course took me through a process and made me a better writer. That’s what it’s for. The learning through twenty assignments brought me the hard-won skills and confidence to be a writer.

There’s another reason I spent four years finishing my course. I have written two novels during these four years. One of them, Eoghan and The Talking Animals, was released on Amazon in April 2018, and the second book in this series, Eoghan and The Treasure of Termonfeckin, is being launched now, in November 2019. These books, set in Ireland, tell the story of an eight-year-old boy who discovers one summer on his grandfather’s farm that he has a gift: he can talk with animals. This brings Eoghan endless joy, but also endless problems, and he spends most of the first book solving dramatic problems on the farm. Read the rest of this entry »

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