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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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Annual Bloggers Bash!

May 31st, 2019

Thanks to Ann for last week’s contribution. When I’m trying to check facts I often find myself going off at a tangent and having to give myself a strict ‘talking to’ before getting back on track. But, as she says, it’s never all a waste of time. Some of those interesting discoveries might just trigger an idea for a new, and potentially lucrative, piece of writing.

I was speaking to one of our tutors, Esther Chilton, this week and she mentioned The Bloggers Bash  which will be held in London on Saturday 15th June. It’s a social event for bloggers, bringing together the blogging community and it’s now in its fifth year.

There will be opportunities to socialise and network; presentations on blogging and marketing your blog from guest speakers; a workshop on creating flat lay images for your website and social media and a panel debate. And talking of the panel debate, Esther will be one of the panel members. So if you live in the London area (or fancy a good day out) and you either  blog already, or are contemplating starting, then this could be just what you’re looking for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blog About What You Know (Or What You Can Find Out)

March 2nd, 2018

When I started the Comprehensive Writing Course I had aspirations of being a fiction writer, so to become a successful non-fiction blogger took me by surprise.

When it comes down to it, I guess the first lesson us new bloggers need to learn, is to write about what we know. That’s not to say we can’t explore other themes; but by starting off with a familiar subject it is far easier to research other established bloggers in our field of interest- to ensure we don’t duplicate their work. Researching allows us to spot new angles to write about popular subjects in our own style.

The next thing to decide on is how to publish our blogs. There are many apps and websites available, but getting followers can be difficult, especial in a crowded market. For me, I chose (rightly or wrongly) to approach a Gardening Company who encourages Customer Blogs, but who do not pay for writing unless you win blogger of the month. Here I was able to have an editor willing to publish my work so long as I followed their guidelines.  I was working full time, so was happy to write an article a month for free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making Your Blogging Pay

September 1st, 2016

blog-18609326-blogFirst, thanks to Mike for last week’s lesson on writing the perfect limerick and I hope he’ll accept my apologies for having him down as ‘Steve’ for the first few days of the blog’s life. I’ve no excuse – just absent mindedness.

In a number of our courses we stress how important it now is for writers to make their presence felt online. If you don’t promote yourself, no one is going to do it for you – and one of the best ways of doing it is to write a blog. But it’s not just writers that can benefit from a blog. Lots of businesses, large and small, are using blogs as part of their social media mix to make the public feel that they are more ‘human and approachable’. How well this part of the exercise works, is another matter – one that I’m not going to go into today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Writer’s Block Can Pay Dividends!

July 26th, 2016

Chinese-hospital-room-in-a-private-hosptial-blogI normally don’t have any problem thinking up things to talk about in my blog posts. But this week, for some reason, I was really struggling. So I spent some time looking at writing-related topics on the internet and one interesting site came up: SmartBlogger.

In our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course we suggest that if you write you should seriously consider setting up a website to showcase your work or produce a regular blog. There are two (and probably many more) advantages to writing a blog: if you organise it properly it gets your name out there in front of people, and it also exercises your ‘writing muscle’, making you think creatively, and even giving you that push you need when other writing isn’t going too well. Read the rest of this entry »

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