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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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First, Second Or Third Person?

June 1st, 2018

We give plenty of good advice in the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Course about how to decide whether to write your novel/short story in the first person or the third person.  For the uninitiated, here’s a quick reminder.

First Person:  I did this/I did that.

Third Person: Jack did this/Jack did that.

The main difference between them is that in the first-person you’ll only be able to identify with one person – the narrator – and the various scenes will be perceived through that character’s eyes. The other characters will be described by whoever is telling the tale. But – and this is a big but – the reader will only find out what the narrator knows, so your story will, in a sense, be limited in its action. But done well it can lead to great fiction – think of Jane Eyre! Read the rest of this entry »




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Dispelling the Writing Blues

January 26th, 2018

You’ve probably not escaped the fact that the third Monday in January has been christened ‘Blue Monday’ by the PR industry. Why blue? Apparently, because the weather is usually awful, our bank balances are depleted, we’ve already failed to keep most of our New Year resolutions and our motivation has dropped to an all-time low (make a note of that last one).

They advise just giving into it and having a ‘duvet day’ instead of facing up to the depressing facts. Well, I didn’t quite do that but I did spend more time than usual browsing the internet. And I’ve come up with a couple of sites that, hopefully, will help you get motivated again and put the January blues behind you. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Janus Effect

December 22nd, 2017

We’re now at that time when people start looking back over the year that’s just gone and looking forward to the future. So, I thought I’d share some of the advice that I’ve been given over the years and found helpful. I hope it will give you some ideas for how you intend to approach your writing over the next 12 months

1. Sit down and think about what you wish to achieve – but don’t be over-ambitious. Rather than saying ‘I’m going to write my novel…’ when you haven’t even started the first draft, try ‘I’m going to have the first six chapters completed by the end of March.’ Or ‘I’m going to send off two short stories/articles to X Magazine by the end of January’. Breaking things into smaller chunks makes them more attainable.

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