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April 24th, 2020

World Book Day was very exciting for me. Through my publisher I was invited to a local primary school in Derbyshire to lead a series of half-hour workshops for all the year groups. I was thrilled by the opportunity as I love running workshops and I have never been part of a World Book Day before!

The first thing I had to consider was updating my DBS Check. Ideally my mind would be at ease if I could have gotten an enhanced DBS which covers everything.  However, as a self-employed writer you can only get a basic check which is £23. You can’t ask yourself some of the questions on more enhanced checks which is why you can’t get one. I have been advised that a basic check is sufficient as usually there is someone on hand to help with the workshop anyway, so that was one less worry! Read the rest of this entry »

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April 17th, 2020

First, and most importantly, I hope you and yours are all safe and well. We are living in odd times, but I must admit that I haven’t been bored yet. I’m lucky – I have a job that I can do remotely and a decent sized garden that I can dig in to work off my excess energy! But I am missing the grandkids – Zoom is great, but there’s no substitute for being able to give them a cuddle!

Moving on, thanks to Laura for last week’s post. We do courses in both Creative Writing and Copywriting. The two are very different, so it was interesting to hear what Laura had to say about the similarities between the two types of writing  in practice.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had plenty of time to think about writing and I’d like to share some tips with you. Most of them are pretty obvious, but they may just give you a little inspiration or help you to re-evaluate your attitude towards your writing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Creative Writing And Copywriting – What’s The Difference?

April 8th, 2020

When I embarked on the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Creative Writing Course, I had no thought of copywriting. For me, it was going to be all about writing for magazines and working on my fiction projects.

Fast forward a couple of years and someone asked me to help them write the copy for their new website. At the time I was struggling to gain traction with editors, and it seemed like a good opportunity, so I thought I’d go for it.

I didn’t know much about copywriting, but I knew about writing. And my background in marketing was sure to help me out. Despite a severe case of imposter syndrome, I worked on the Homepage and About Us for my new client. Read the rest of this entry »

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Writing As Therapy

April 1st, 2020

First, thanks to Mick for last week’s blog. I know everything seems so uncertain at the moment and I suspect that lots of us are feeling rather distracted and unable to concentrate on anything other than making sure we have a fully stocked freezer, and that those we  love are well and not in financial difficulty.

But if you can concentrate for a few hours every day, then this really is a perfect time to settle down and write. So, I’m not going to use this post as an excuse to witter on about Coronavirus or air my views about the government’s response to it. Instead, I’m going to suggest some outlets for your writing that you might want to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

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