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Do You See Yourself As A Travel Writer?

February 9th, 2018

First, thanks to Robin for last week’s blog. I agree with him wholeheartedly that non-deadline deadlines are the most terrifying thing. I have a strong tendency to procrastinate and unless I’ve got a firm deadline to work to I put things off. This leads to anxiety (when I know I should be doing a piece of writing but can’t quite make myself get on with it) and eventually panic when I have to rush to get it done in time. Some people, apparently, thrive on this but I just wish I had more self-discipline.

Now, I’ve got quite a few interesting things for you this week. First, the winner and runners-up in our Student of the Year Award 2018 are now on our website. Congratulations to them – especially the winner Vicki Harwood. They’ve all got inspirational stories to tell, so why not have a look. And don’t forget, if you’re a Writers Bureau student and have had some success you could be next year’s winner. We start accepting entries towards the end of the year and then the judging takes place in January. We aren’t just looking for the most successful person or the one who has earned the most money – we want people whose writing has taken them down a path that has helped to change their life in some way. Read the rest of this entry »




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Standing Orders

March 24th, 2017

When I worked for a high street bank I was taught all about standing orders. These allow you to pay the same amount of money to the same person/company on a continuous basis. It’s a regular commitment.

Whenever a new customer opened up a current account with us we encouraged them to open up a savings account too. Then we’d set up a standing order to transfer a small amount to their new savings account on the day after payday.

Transfer £50 every month and after 12 months those small little deposits mount up to £600. Not a bad little sum: ideal to put towards Christmas, or perhaps a summer holiday.

What I didn’t realise when I embarked on my freelance writing career was that writers should make standing orders too. Not financial ones, but time and word standing orders. Read the rest of this entry »




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Have You Got The Travel Bug?

June 10th, 2016

Jacqueline_Jeynes_200The weather has been wonderful recently and I managed to get away for a few days to glorious Wiltshire for some walking. At this time of year I’m sure many writers’ thoughts turn wistfully to travel journalism and how to break into the market. Sounds glamorous and glitzy, doesn’t it?  But a word of warning: until you’re established, and have a track record, hotels and airlines aren’t going to throw freebies at you.  So, it’s important that you make a name for yourself if you’re going to create a career in travel writing.  Here are some tips to get you on the way:

It’s not where you go, but what you uncover when you get there that’s important. Try to find an unexpected angle: what a resort or tourist destination is like out of season; the opening of a new venture, such as a theme park or perhaps you could tie in your article with a new TV series or film.  Never write about the routine – only the remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »




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Taking Sitcoms Seriously

April 15th, 2016

Scots-Magazine-September-2013-blogYou don’t see that many competitions for humorous work, but I’ve got a good one for you this week. The Sitcom Mission holds a competition each year for 15-minute sitcoms and the best four are then showcased at The New Diorama Theatre in London in front of the British TV and radio comedy industry. The central aim is to get the winners commissioned for TV, radio or online.

The fee for basic entry is £10 but there are various other options where you can pay more but receive a critique/advice on your work. The closing date is 15th May. Read the rest of this entry »




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Outside The Box

June 15th, 2015

BoxesI’m thinking about article writing again; getting ready to make a first pitch to an editor later this summer. I’m all set to work on text, and there will be pictures (either ones I’ve taken myself or sourced images with permissions and licenses.) But I’ve just been flicking through some old copies of E-Zee Writer, where I stumbled on an article by the always informative Simon Whaley, and it’s given me some great ideas for bonus features that are sure to make me look like a seasoned pro’ – boxouts, side-panels and side-bars. Read the rest of this entry »




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