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How Becoming A Hypnotherapist Has Improved My Writing

March 26th, 2021

I took voluntary redundancy in 2005 and planned to take some time off to complete the Writers Bureau Course.  I got away with taking six months before the pressing financial need was imminent, and although I had had some success with articles in magazines, it couldn’t be called an income.

Before I left my job as an HR Advisor, my manager told me I had a natural level of counselling skills, but unfortunately this wasn’t a skill that was needed in HR.  This got me thinking about my next career, which was clearly not a full time writer just yet.   I researched counselling courses, and signed up to a three  year course that offered a Diploma in Hypnotherapy in the first year.  I completed the qualification in 2012, and have been in full time practice ever since.  I run a Therapy Centre, and am also a hypnotherapy supervisor and trainer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Generating Ideas For Articles

March 19th, 2021

First, thanks to Prachi for last week’s blog. As she points out, the internet is awash with people writing and trying to get that writing noticed, so it’s essential that you approach it in the right frame of mind if you want people to find and read your work.

Moving on, I’ve just been undertaking my annual ‘health check’ on our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course to keep it up to date.  I’ve always been particularly impressed by the advice given in Module 4 about how to generate ideas for articles. But, I suddenly realised that as we reach the anniversary of the first lockdown, it’s probably been very difficult for people to follow our advice, as we haven’t been able to get out, visit places, go to libraries and museums or interview people.

We’ve all had to lead a relatively ‘digital’ life and I suspect that this has had both its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s have a quick look at some of adjustments we’ve had to make: Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Stand Out As A Writer

March 13th, 2021

In this digitally enhanced world, everyone is a writer. You can write for social media, blogs, thirdparty websites, and even write a book and self-publish it. Writing is everywhere for they say “Content is king”.

However, amid this sea of words and an urge to receive recognition as a writer, what truly works? Before social media, writers would spend years perfecting their prose and then, struggle to find a publisher. The number of rejections was depressing. Today, you don’t need a publisher, perhaps not even a coach to make you a proficient writer. You buy a domain, build a website, and start writing Voilà, you are a writer. Sounds easy? No, it is not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips for Short Story Writers

March 7th, 2021

First, thanks to Theresa for last week’s post. I think many writers are intrigued by the idea of ghostwriting as they have friends, or know people, who they feel they could collaborate with to produce a great book. But, they’re not sure how to go about it.

They wonder what will happen if they get part way through and then the subject changes their mind?m What if they write the story that they’ve been told and then find that the subject disagrees with the slant they’ve put on it? What if they are refused permission to use facts and incidents that would  make it  more interesting? Does what they are being told lead to a legal minefield? Should they get agreement from a publisher before they begin or hope that a contract will be forthcoming on completion? And, not least, how will any profits be split? Read the rest of this entry »

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