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What Kind Of Writing Course Is Best For You?

August 4th, 2017

First, thanks to Maria for last week’s blog. It must be great to attend one of her courses in such a wonderful setting. I can feel myself turning green just thinking about it!

Like her, I’ve no interest in criticizing taking a master’s degree in writing, but there’s no getting away from the fact that this option is now horribly expensive and I have talked to a number of people who really have been quite disappointed by the experience. Whereas they wanted (and expected) something practical, instead they have been faced with theory and found themselves no nearer publication at the end than at the beginning. In addition, they’ve felt there has been a lack of interaction with their tutor.

So, my advice would be to always do your research thoroughly before making any decision – or paying any money! Look at all the options, whether it’s a university course, a week-long course (like the one Maria runs, or those organised by Arvon at their various sites) or a distance learning course where you have one-to-one contact with and feedback from your tutor. Then decide what’s best for you. Read the rest of this entry »




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Never Give Up – Part II

July 20th, 2017

First, thanks to Storm for last week’s blog and I’ve taken the liberty of calling this post Never Give Up – Part II because I have really carried on the theme.

I’ve done this because I thought she brought up a number of interesting points. First, if you really feel you are a writer, then you should never give up – no matter whether you are forced to take time away from your writing because of family/work commitments or ill health; whether you get writer’s block or whether you’re just discouraged because you’ve been receiving rejections. You can survive all of these and come back to your writing stronger and more enthusiastic. Trust me! Read the rest of this entry »




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Never Give Up

July 14th, 2017

Writing is like everything else in life, you have to start somewhere. Just get writing, whether it’s on the computer or a notepad or even the back of an envelope. My best poem was written on the back of one as I was waiting for the breakdown recovery man.

Do you remember when you were at school, on your first day of term teacher asked you to write a story called ‘what I did on my holidays,’ how many of us wrote fiction or non-fiction? Looking through old school books is quite inspirational. Many stories seem to be quite interesting and certainly worth a rewrite and bringing up to date. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Reasons To Enter Creative Writing Competitions

June 30th, 2017

Are you an aspiring writer? Are you considering entering a writing competition? If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then you are on the right track.

This doesn’t imply that you are on the wrong track if entering writing competitions isn’t in your agenda. Many writers have gone on to enjoy immense success without entering contests. However, there’s always an edge that comes with winning writing competitions.

Still in doubt? Take a look at these benefits of entering writing contests. Read the rest of this entry »




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Crowdfunding: How to publish your book by getting other people to pay upfront for it

June 2nd, 2017

Crowdfunding means asking potential readers to pledge money towards your book now, with the expectation that they will receive specific rewards when it is finished. That means you keep control, while your future customers cover your costs of creating the work.

If you haven’t written it yet, crowdfunding also allows you to test the demand for your book before investing a lot of time, energy and money into creating it.

Despite already being a published author via the traditional route, I decided to use crowdfunding to raise money for my latest book idea: a collection of sleep tips for people who struggle to switch off at night. Happily, I managed to raise 120% of my target, and am now spending my evenings packing books to go to all the backers that contributed!

I learned a lot during the process, and these are my top four tips if you want to run a successful crowdfunding campaign: Read the rest of this entry »




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