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Posted In The Past

June 14th, 2019

First, thanks to Jacqueline for last week’s post. I think that people sometimes decide to enrol on a course without giving it enough consideration. That’s OK if it’s a short course that doesn’t cost too much – it’s always good to dabble with something different. But if you’re planning to use the course to further your career or help you bring in a second income, then you should give the decision serious thought. That’s why we’re always happy to chat to prospective students or reply to their emails if they have any queries – or reservations – before joining us.

Another thing that needs to be taken seriously, if you intend to have a writing career, is your marketing plan, and these days that also means your use of social media. Below, Writers Bureau student, Helen Baggott, explains how she reached out to potential readers about her recently published book, ‘Posted in the Past’ (available from Amazon and a number of independent outlets). Read the rest of this entry »




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Keeping Your Research In Context

May 24th, 2019

Ann Williams was the winner of our student-only Book Review Competition. Below are her tips on how writers can make the most of their research without ‘swamping’ the text with what they’ve uncovered.

 

“Writers, whether in fiction or non-fiction, need to research. The internet has made this so much easier, cutting out trips to the reference library, museums or record offices. Facts can be checked from the comfort of your own home, whenever convenient. However, this easy access to material offers pitfalls of its own.

A simple check for a date, the direction of travel from A to B or the colour of a flower can lead to a mass of information, all of which may be new and fascinating to the writer. It is natural to want to share new-found knowledge but if it is unnecessary for the theme of the article or the flow of the story it needs to be drastically distilled to what is relevant. Read the rest of this entry »




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Congratulations To Our Short Story Winners!

May 17th, 2019

First, thanks to Lorraine for last week’s post, which I loved. It was just so positive! It’s advice that I think applies not just to your writing, but to every aspect of life. I know it’s a cliché, but if one door closes… always look for another one that you can get your foot in and push.

It’s so important to try to remain positive whatever life (or your writing) throws at you. Writing can be a lonely profession and it’s important to stay mindful of your mental health. As you can’t fail to have noticed, it has been Mental Health Awareness Week over the past few days. I think we all need our own personal strategy for coping whether it’s meditation, exercise, therapy, or simply being kind to ourselves. Mine is gardening – and it lifts my spirits every time I look at what’s going on in my plot over the changing seasons (see pic of how it’s looking this week). Read the rest of this entry »




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Life Giving You Lemons? Make Lemonade!

May 10th, 2019

Writing rewards always bring a smile, whether it’s a great book review, a story or article acceptance, being placed in a competition, or simply someone saying nice things about something you’ve written. We all crave the positives to offset the many negatives we encounter on our journey to publication.

We strive for success and rightly celebrate it when it arrives, but what about those times when it feels as if the mountain is simply too hard to climb? How do we cope with the feeling that no matter what we do, we are never going to achieve our goals? The answer, of course, is to keep writing and keep submitting.

I’ve probably had more ‘thanks, but no thanks’ than I care to count, or want to remember. But rejections are simply part of a writer’s life. What has been even worse than that for me is to achieve my dreams and then have them taken away. That has happened to me on three separate occasions and this post is intended to show how I got back up, dusted myself off, and (like Robert the Bruce’s determined spider) tried, tried again – and succeeded again! Read the rest of this entry »




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Winner of the Student Only Book Review Competition

March 6th, 2019

Twice a year we run a competition just for WB students. It’s free to enter and there is a small prize of £25 for the winner.

Our most recent competition was to write a book review in 200 words. We had lots of fantastic entries which gave everyone at WB HQ a chance to add to their reading lists. A big thank you to those who entered. Read the rest of this entry »




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