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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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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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A Flash In The Pan

August 28th, 2021

Before I go any further this week, I’d just like to remind you that we are now accepting entries for our current Flash Fiction Competition. As usual, there are prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice, plus publication on our website. The entry fee is £5 for one story or £10 for three (£4 for one story or £8 for three if you are a member of the Association of Freelance Writers). Your story should be no longer than 500 words and the closing date is 30th November.

But if you’re trying to decide whether to enter and you’re a Flash Fiction novice, here are some simple guidelines to help you stand a better chance of writing the kind of story our judges are looking for.

There are many forms of flash fiction, and stories can range from thirty up to a thousand words. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spies, Thieves and Liars

August 20th, 2021

I was reading an interview with the French-Moroccan author Leila Slimani recently (author of Adele and Lullaby, and winner of the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize).  She said that her inspiration comes from the outside; so she always carries a notebook with her and because of this her children think she is a spy.  She goes on “I try to explain that a writer is a kind of spy, but also a thief and a liar. They have a very bad opinion of me”.

That might sound a very odd thing to say, but I think it’s true. If you’re going to make it as a writer, you’ve got to be attuned to everything that’s going on around you and people-watch constantly. Then you’ve got to surreptitiously take what you see and transmute it into material for your books and short stories – but you can only do this by giving it enough of a twist to turn it into something that’s out of the ordinary and gripping. So raise your glasses to the spies, the thieves and the liars amongst us! Read the rest of this entry »

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