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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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Learning To Show, Not Tell

August 30th, 2019

First, thanks to Amber for last week’s blog – I think it’s brilliant advice. If you shut yourself away at home all the time, you can be in danger of forgetting how to interact with people – and understanding how people tick is a vital part of being a writer. And this doesn’t just apply to fiction writers. You also need to know what people are talking about at the moment and what interests them if you hope to write non-fiction that sells. You can’t rely on the TV or internet as what you see there is often a rather skewed version of how ‘normal’ (?) people behave and react.

Moving on, one of the things that writers hear repeatedly from their critics is ‘show don’t tell’ – but what exactly does this mean? I know many people find it difficult to put into practice; so this week I’m going to give you an example from the Writers Bureau course that sums it up perfectly. Read the two extracts and you’ll know exactly what I mean: Read the rest of this entry »




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How To Find New Ideas

August 16th, 2019

First, thanks to Peter for last week’s post. I hope he is enjoying his Art Of Writing Poetry Course and finding it inspirational.

Many people struggle finding new ideas to write about. Well, first and foremost, it’s good to realise that nothing is really new. No matter what idea you come up with, someone else will have already thought of it, or something very much like it. That’s just life. So, it’s not always about finding new ideas, it’s about making an old idea fresh – finding a new angle. Read the rest of this entry »




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