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Which Social Media Platform Is Best For Writers?

November 29th, 2021

I’ve just been reading a great blog post which provides an all-inclusive guide to social media for writers. It covers everything you need to know: how to choose which platform(s) to prioritize, build your following, and ultimately use social media to market your book. It starts with the question of which platform, then goes on to provide detailed tips and case studies from authors who have used each of them successfully.

Many of you will probably already be familiar with all the options and have your own preferences  – but you can never know too much and even just a couple of good tips will make taking time out to reading it worthwhile.

Next, for those of you taking part in NaNoWriMo (write the first draft of your novel in a month) I’d just like to say…keep going! You’re now getting to the difficult part, where time and inspiration may be running out. But remember, you only need to get to the end of the first draft and then you’ve all the time in the world to edit and polish it. And even if you don’t quite get to the end, don’t feel you’ve failed – I bet you’ve still got something really worthwhile to work on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Think Of Yourself As A Writer, Not A Beginner

November 22nd, 2021

I have been reading “Write ON! The Writer’s Help Book” by Adrian Magson recently and amongst  the excellent advice he offers throughout was this gem:

We’re learning all the time. It’s another fascinating aspect of life; that learning never stops. But there’s a point at which you have to put that learning to good use, rather than simply doing more of the same. And one way to do that is to think of yourself as a writer. Not merely a beginner. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Twitter Can Help You As A Writer

November 15th, 2021

First, thanks to Ruth for last week’s post. I loved the amusing tone and feel sure that many of you will be in a similar situation. But the thought of Ernest Hemingway standing at his lectern in the altogether…enough said!

I suspect many of you are already Twitter users (http://twitter.com) But are you getting the most from it as a writer? Let’s have a look.

  1. Connect with clients, editors and publishers

On Twitter you can sign up to follow people in your local area and/or specialist niches. If you’re a proofreader or a copywriter you can use Twitter’s internal search tool to look for businesses, colleagues, friends, companies you’d like to work with, companies you have worked with, and so on. Not only will you hear if they have any jobs or opportunities going, you will learn more about current issues and areas of interest. Through browsing their Twitter feeds, you may even find accounts and businesses that you haven’t heard of before, and make fruitful new connections. If you’re a writer of fiction and non-fiction you can sign up to follow editors, publishers and other sources of freelance opportunity.

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Stolen Moments Of A Writing Mum

November 8th, 2021

When do you write? Where do you write? Do you listen to music whilst you write, or does it have to be completely silent?

I see these questions frequently when I read writing magazines, books and blogs. My mum gave me a book last Christmas: The Art of Writing Fiction, by Andrew Cowan. There’s a fascinating section called ‘Writers’ routines’, which lists how, when and where certain famous writers liked to reach their daily word count. For example, Barbara Cartland dictated her novels to her secretary whilst reclining on a chaise longue. Novelist and biographer Margaret Forster only wrote until lunchtime, and always with a fountain pen. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing at a lectern, often naked. He would use a pencil, and only sat down when typing dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Keep Busy In November!

November 2nd, 2021

Now that we’ve slipped over into November I think it’s time to remind you all again about our Flash Fiction competition that will be closing at the end of the month. The prizes are £300, £200 and £100 plus all three winners receive a Writers Bureau Course of their choice up to the value of £444! Why not read the winners of last year’s Flash Fiction competition before sending in your own story? Full details and rules of entry can be found here.

Another interesting competition I came across recently is the Searchlight Awards. They say: “Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is a new rolling competition for aspiring authors writing for children or young adults. Read the rest of this entry »

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