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Finding Markets For Your Work

November 27th, 2020

If you’re currently struggling with looking for markets to write for, you’re not alone. I’ve been there.

My nemesis was Assignment 8 of the Comprehensive Writing Course. I was adjusting to life after an embolism in my aortic valve, so concentrating was hard. Assignment 8 seemed impossible when I couldn’t even dress myself let alone find someone to interview for a magazine.

With heart surgery imminent I needed to rethink ways of finding markets without leaving home. And I did. I even went on to get Assignment 8 published in a magazine. So the aim of this blog is to share my tips with you.


If you’re finding magazines expensive to buy, check if your library offers digital services like partnering with RBDigital for free access to magazines. Mine does, so I get to read ones currently held in the National Library of Wales. However, if you want a greater choice Readly.com is a paid alternative which allows members to add family and friend profiles too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flash Fiction – Small But Perfect

November 20th, 2020

First, thanks to Sarah for last week’s post. She’s absolutely right about the need for perseverance,  and I’m sure that what she had to say will ring bells with many of our students past and present.

Once again we’ve got to the time of year when the Booker Prize winner is announced. First, though, here is the shortlist. I always look out for this because it usually provides a list of books that I can try to obtain through my library app or buy from Amazon.  I’ve heard quite a bit about Shuggie Bain and I think I might start with that!

If you’re getting bored with lockdown and want something to do, then why not enter our Flash Fiction Competition? It closes on 30th November and there are prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus all three winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Perseverance Is Essential As A Writer

November 13th, 2020

Writing can be extremely rewarding. To see your name in print is a thrilling experience, but do not be deceived – writing is a difficult thing to do. Writing is challenging and the competition is fierce, so achieving success is more difficult now than it used to be. Particularly since lockdown where more and more people have either started writing or picked it back up again.

This is where perseverance with your writing comes in. To persevere, means to keep doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

It’s easy to start a writing project because it’s new and exciting but once you start to receive one rejection after the next it can be disheartening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Write Your Way Through Lockdown

November 6th, 2020

First, thanks to Alison for last week’s post. I’m sure it can seem rather daunting joining a writing circle – all those people who you think might be able to write better than you… being expected to share your work with others. But I hope she has put your mind at rest: that nothing will be expected of you that you don’t want to share and it can be a very positive and re-assuring way of taking your writing forward to the next level.

OK, so we’re at the start of a new month-long lockdown! Last time it happened we had the optimism of spring and early summer stirring in our bones. This time, after a long, soggy autumn I think most of us are feeling a little jaded if not downright unsettled. It’s certainly not as much fun clearing up soggy leaves and cutting back dead foliage as it was bringing your garden to life, sowing seeds and planting vegetables. Those daily exercise and well-being walks aren’t nearly as enjoyable in the cold and rain. So now’s the time to look for something else and, as winter draws in, writing is the perfect antidote. Read the rest of this entry »

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