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Err Necessities

March 15th, 2019

Because I write about writing mistakes, many writers assume I’m either a mistake shamer or deeply ‘anti-mistake’.

But I’m not. I’m ‘pro-mistake’. Go ahead and make them! Write the mistakes out of yourself. Err and learn. There is no mistake so bad that you can never recover from it. You can always redeem yourself. Don’t be afraid.

I’m by no means infallible. Even after two decades in the business, I too make mistakes. Probably more than I imagine. Read the rest of this entry »




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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

March 11th, 2019

Before moving on, I’d just like to return to the winner of our Book Review Competition. I really enjoyed reading all the entries but the ones that got shortlisted were the ‘professional’ ones. By this I mean the ones that were presented like you would see a review in a newspaper or magazine. Before the review begins there should be the title, the author, the publisher and the ISBN (International Standard Book Number). The ISBN is usually displayed above a barcode on the back cover of a paperback. The review then needs to pique the reader’s interest and, in the case of a novel, not provide any ‘spoilers’. Writing a good review isn’t always as easy as it seems! 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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Developing an Outline For Your Novel

March 1st, 2019

If you’ve read my Student of the Year 2019 Runner-up story, you’ll know that I’m finally nearing the end of the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course. It’s been an exciting and insightful journey, and I’ve learned many useful things along the way. In that time I’ve also been lucky enough to secure paid work with a number of online publications, writing articles about theme park resorts, travel guides, film locations and film reviews. But the reason I enrolled in the first place was because of my dream of becoming an author. Read the rest of this entry »




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Spring Inspiration

February 22nd, 2019

First, thanks to Cheryl for last week’s blog. It just goes to show how rewarding perseverance can be but there are times when you really do have to try, try, and try again if you want to achieve your goal, whether it’s finishing your novel or seeing it into print!

Incidentally, if you are interested in self-publishing, then you might want to consider attending the 7th Self-Publishing Conference at Leicester University on Saturday, 27th April.  The organisers say that it’s: “…the perfect day for authors thinking about, or already involved in, self-publishing their work. Whether you are going it alone or using a self-publishing company, this conference offers multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics.” And at £70 including a delegate’s pack, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a drinks reception and a choice from more than 16 sessions on different aspects of the business it sounds really good value for money. Read the rest of this entry »




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