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Becoming A Published Writer

July 3rd, 2020

It was when one of my students had a reader’s letter published that the idea for my latest book started to take shape.

“It’s only a reader’s letter,” she said, “but it means the world to me. I’m published!”

For a few months, she’d been sending work out and either not heard back, or received a rejection. Understandably, she’d started to feel a little despondent and wondered if she was ever going to be published.

Then came that first moment of success. It was swiftly followed by a short filler being accepted. She emailed me a few weeks later to tell me she couldn’t believe the confidence that one reader’s letter had given her. She realised that she could write and now she’d had a few small successes, she wanted more and was going to work on some articles. Read the rest of this entry »




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5 Tips to Write Compelling Dialogue

May 8th, 2020

Writing a story or novel is a skill that takes time to develop: you need to know how to flesh out your characters, strategize your plot, reach a satisfying climax, and wrap everything up neatly.

One of the most crucial tools in your writers’ toolbox is compelling dialogue. The best writers know how to make their characters talk in a way that feels so real, we can instantly identify who’s speaking even without a dialogue tag. How do they do that?

How to write better dialogue

Here are some tips on how to write better dialogue:

  1. Listen to the way people talk.

One pitfall that writers fall into is writing dialogue for characters as though they were writing, not talking. Take time to pay attention to the way that real people talk, and take note of the following:

They tend to speak in fragments and not always in full sentences.

They don’t always speak in grammatically correct lines.

A lot of the time, they interrupt each other.

Use these in your writing and you will see the dialogue becoming more real. Read the rest of this entry »




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April 17th, 2020

First, and most importantly, I hope you and yours are all safe and well. We are living in odd times, but I must admit that I haven’t been bored yet. I’m lucky – I have a job that I can do remotely and a decent sized garden that I can dig in to work off my excess energy! But I am missing the grandkids – Zoom is great, but there’s no substitute for being able to give them a cuddle!

Moving on, thanks to Laura for last week’s post. We do courses in both Creative Writing and Copywriting. The two are very different, so it was interesting to hear what Laura had to say about the similarities between the two types of writing  in practice.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had plenty of time to think about writing and I’d like to share some tips with you. Most of them are pretty obvious, but they may just give you a little inspiration or help you to re-evaluate your attitude towards your writing. Read the rest of this entry »




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What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

March 25th, 2020

Like most things in life, writing requires motivation and discipline. Regardless of how good the idea is, floating around in your head, if you don’t find the time to write it down, your chance of success is zero.

Starting out on a writing course can be a daunting experience, regardless of age or background. It doesn’t take much to lose confidence, which can have a detrimental effect on motivation. That can happen when you first start writing magazine articles and submitting them to editors. Some take weeks, or even months to reply, whilst others don’t reply at all. It’s easy to become discouraged, I know at times I was. The key is not to take it personally. To keep on writing. Sometimes you find success is just around the corner. Read the rest of this entry »




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Focus On Your Writing

January 23rd, 2020

I’m really happy to be able to announce the winners of our recent Flash Fiction Competition. We had some of the best short fiction that I’ve read for a long time; so the people who were placed should be very proud of themselves. I do hope you’ll read the three winners and I’m just sorry that we haven’t been able to include the best of the rest.

So, congratulations to winner, Susan Kittles, with Moving Day. Second place goes to Jim Goodman with Family Meal and in third place is Ruth Clarke-Irons with Where You Are Sleeping.

Don’t forget our 2020 Fiction Competition is now open for entries! Read the rest of this entry »




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