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The Urge to Not Write

June 22nd, 2018

The most important thing a writer can do after completing a sentence is stay in the room. The great temptation is to leave the room and celebrate the completion of the sentence or to go out in the den where the television lies like a dormant monster or to go wander the seductive possibilities of the kitchen. But. It’s this simple. The writer is the person who stays in the room.

Ron Carlson, Ron Carlson Writes a Story


The day I came across this paragraph, I felt somebody understood me. Almost. I wish staying in the room were my only problem; usually, I’m reluctant to enter the room in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Best Way To Avoid Unfair Contracts

June 8th, 2018

A few years ago, I was offered a publishing deal with the first publisher I sent my first book to. I was stunned and euphoric. This was a dream come true for me.  Unfortunately, my joy was short lived. My WB Tutor, David Kinchin, suggested I ask legal experts to review the deal was I was being offered and sure enough all was not it appeared. The head won over the heart and to my astonishment I rejected the offer.

After this narrow escape I was wary of publishers and traditional printing; it wasn’t as rosy and wonderful as I’d been led to believe. There were sharks out there who wanted to take your creativity and use it to make themselves rich, whilst you did all the work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Student Only Letter Writing Competition Winner

March 13th, 2018

A couple of times a year we run a student only competition with a £25 prize. Our latest one was to write a reader’s letter featuring an animal and send it to us with a photograph.  We had a wonderful response with lots of lovely pictures of beloved pets and other animals. There were also some serious ones about how human behaviour can have devastating results on the animal kingdom. It was hard to choose a winner but this one from Belinda Daly made us laugh. We hope you enjoy it.

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Thoughts on Character Creation

October 20th, 2017

In real life you’ve probably at some time met someone who has become a friend. Only gradually do you get to know the person and even after months or more you may be surprised by some revelation about them.

A character in fiction will be gradually revealed but as the writer you must know your  characters fully before you start the story.

It’s a good idea to make a detailed profile of your main characters. This helps you to be consistent and to know what they would and wouldn’t do, and not to provide sudden changes in behaviour which would be out of character and unbelievable to the reader. Occasionally a sudden change may be justified, for instance, if the character has suffered some tragedy or trauma, but as the author, you should have prepared for this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recycling Your Favourite Books

September 15th, 2017

First, thanks to Karen for last week’s blog. It was interesting to hear about where she gets her ideas. We advocate freewriting in our courses and it’s something I recommend you try.

She also mentioned that for the first time she has joined an evening class for writing. Even if you are already studying one of our courses, actually getting together with other writers (whether in regular classes, the occasional workshop or for weekend breaks) can be a great source of inspiration.

I’ve noticed that Women’s Weekly magazine is currently offering a range of workshops, and you would assume that their tutors are knowledgeable about what the current markets are looking for. Read the rest of this entry »

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