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Non-Fiction – Making The Most Of Your Life Experiences

August 23rd, 2020

Courses on Creative Writing encourage you to use real experiences, observations of people and events, then introduce these into a fictional piece of writing to create realistic characters and a believable plot structure. An excellent approach, of course.

However, I soon realized that I was describing what I had seen, conversations overheard, with only a minor attempt at fiction – clearly not my strength then!

If this is your preferred approach to tackling any subject, then non-fiction could be a natural route to follow. So, where to start? Read the rest of this entry »




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Beating Writers’ Block

September 27th, 2019

First, thanks to Sheila for last week’s blog. It was so packed with useful information and I can’t wait to read her latest novel when it comes out at the beginning of next year. 

At some point in their career many writers suffer from the dreaded ‘writers’ block’.  Other writers claim that there’s no such thing!  They say that you don’t get ‘plumber’s block’ or ‘bank manager’s block’ and if you were a staff journalist on a newspaper and complained of writers’ block you’d soon find yourself out of a job.

Also, there are two rather different scenarios.  In the first, you can be part way through a novel or piece of non-fiction and suddenly you’re unable to take it any further.  In the second, you just can’t think what to write about – you’re stuck for ideas and need inspiration (and, perhaps a little boost to your confidence).  The following tips can apply to both Read the rest of this entry »




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Proofing Your Way To Perfection

September 13th, 2019

First, thanks to Tracey for last week’s honest blog post. I found the fact that she was so analytical about her shortcomings very refreshing and I think there’s a lot to be learned from her experience.

As you probably know, in addition to writing courses we also do a Proofreading and Copy Editing Course. People often think that a proofreading course is mainly for those who want to set up in business using these skills, but we find that’s far from the only reason why students enrol with us.  Many of them are already studying one of our creative writing courses and they decide that being able to proofread professionally will help them to ensure that work they send out to publishers and editors is error free. Read the rest of this entry »




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Top Tips To Help You Enjoy Your Writing More

July 19th, 2019

This week I thought I’d give you my favourite (and, in my opinion, most useful) writing tips. These have been acquired over the years from personal experience, but also from listening to other writers. Some of them apply to fiction, some to non-fiction, but many apply to both. I hope you find them helpful! Read the rest of this entry »




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Making Your Query Letter Work For You

April 19th, 2019

As you probably already know, some magazines are willing to accept articles and features  on spec – others won’t consider unsolicited material. So, how should you approach the latter?

Nowadays, most professional writers prefer to sell an idea to the editor first, before writing the article. That way, they don’t waste time writing something that no-one wants to publish. It’s a far better use of time and resources if you know that an editor is interested in and has commissioned your work. Ultimately, you’re far more likely to be paid for your writing!

But to get that commission, you need to sell the editor the idea by making a pitch. This is a sensible way to approach it because: Read the rest of this entry »




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