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Literary Vending Machines

August 18th, 2017

First, thanks to Elise for last week’s blog. It just goes to show how different writing for film or TV can be from writing a novel. In the former, you have to be able to produce something visual for your audience whereas when writing a novel you are providing the structure and the ideas which will allow your readers to use their own imagination to understand and visualise your story.

I read an interesting piece this week in Writing Magazine about vending machines having been installed on 35 French railway stations. But these aren’t your standard machines offering drinks, sweets and crisps – instead they provide short stories. If you get to the station and have forgotten your book, or don’t want to fiddle with your mobile phone, you can press a button and print out a story. And you’ve even got a choice of length – do you want a one minute read, a three minute read of a five minute read? (Don’t worry, if you’re train is delayed you can always go back for another as they’re free!) Read the rest of this entry »




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The Rise And Fall Of The E-book

July 11th, 2017

First, thanks to Walter for last week’s blog. I couldn’t agree more with what he has to say. Winning a writing competition has lots of advantages: the prize (whether cash or some other goodie), the confidence it gives you (let’s be honest, we all like our egos massaging at times), publication, the promotion you get as a writer and, of course, the chance to meet famous authors!

There’s also the fact that making yourself write something new for a competition and then polishing it until you know it’s the very best you can do is wonderful discipline for any writer. And this is one of the main reasons why, here at Writers Bureau, we hold a number of competitions each year: short story, flash fiction, poetry and limerick. So, here’s a quick reminder that you’ve still time to have some fun and win a cash prize by entering our latest Limerick Competition. The closing date is 31st July… so it’s creeping up on you fast! Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Reasons To Enter Creative Writing Competitions

June 30th, 2017

Are you an aspiring writer? Are you considering entering a writing competition? If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then you are on the right track.

This doesn’t imply that you are on the wrong track if entering writing competitions isn’t in your agenda. Many writers have gone on to enjoy immense success without entering contests. However, there’s always an edge that comes with winning writing competitions.

Still in doubt? Take a look at these benefits of entering writing contests. Read the rest of this entry »




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Giving Your Readers That Little Extra ‘Something’

May 26th, 2017

First, thanks to Pam Fish for last week’s blog. I haven’t been the NAWGFest for a while but when I did attend, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was on my own, but did know one or two of the people giving presentations as they were WB tutors. What struck me most, though, was how friendly and welcoming everyone was. So, if you want to attend, but you’re travelling solo, don’t worry that you’ll spend the weekend feeling lonely. I can promise – you won’t!

I was listening to an interview with the author, Michel Faber, recently. He’s the author of The Crimson Petal and the White (a fantastic, noirish book that was made into a TV series); Under the Skin (made into a film) and his latest novel The Book of Strange New Things, which I’ve just started reading. But in the interview he was reading from his latest project Undying: a Love Story – a collection of poems which he wrote while he was coming to terms with the death of his wife from cancer. Read the rest of this entry »




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Will Hybrid Books Take The Writing World By Storm?

May 10th, 2017

Some of you may have noticed the case of the missing blog. I’m afraid that we had to remove last week’s post because there was one link that we didn’t want to include and when the author found out that this was the case he asked us to remove it. Such is life…

This week’s blog really is something of a miscellany – but I hope you find it an interesting one. I was recently reading about the bestselling author Laura Barnett who is currently working on a ‘hybrid book’ which involves collaboration with folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams. Read the rest of this entry »




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