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From Stand Up to Sonnets

December 4th, 2020

First, thanks for Amanda for last week’s post. I don’t know how I would have managed without the library BorrowBox App during lockdown when our local libraries were closed. Now I intend to look into lots more of the suggestions that she packed in. I also found it so inspiring that even when she was up against serious health problems she still found time to write!

This week is going to be something of a miscellany – but hopefully an interesting one!

First, have a look at Write Life’s 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2020 (I know we’re nearly in 2021, but it’s still good). There are 10 categories which include Freelancing, Blogging, Travel, Publishing, Podcast etc. To ensure that the content is genuinely good they only include sites that have been recommended by readers of The Write Life; the published content is judged to be helpful to writers and the list is updated recently and regularly. I hope you find it useful. Read the rest of this entry »




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Christmas Is Coming…

December 3rd, 2018

I’m one of those people who won’t think about Christmas presents, cards and decorations until we hit 1st December. But we’re there now so I can really get into the swing of things.

If you’re still struggling with ideas for what you can buy the writer in your life (or you want to drop some hints to the people around you on what they might like to buy you), here are some ideas.

How about a Writers Bureau Competition Entry Voucher? As you know, we hold Poetry, Short Story and Flash Fiction competitions throughout the year and with one of our vouchers you will be eligible to enter any of our comps. They come in denominations of £5, £10 and £15 allowing multiple entries, depending on the competition. You can purchase them by calling our offices on 0161 819 9922 up to 20th December. Read the rest of this entry »




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Have You Heard Of ‘Up Lit’?

November 24th, 2017

Last week I commented on the fact that Ian Rankin had been quoted as saying that readers were turning away from grittier topics and looking for something more ‘kind and gentle’. I rather pooh poohed this idea so I was surprised when I read an article in the December issue of Writing Magazine by Margaret James. She was discussing what genres had been popular this year and looking ahead to what editors would be looking for in 2018.

She actually used a term I wasn’t familiar with – ‘up lit’. If I hadn’t seen it in the context of a writing magazine I would probably have thought it was something to do with interior design. I’m familiar with ‘chick lit’ and ‘lad lit’ but this one was new to me. Apparently, it’s optimistic storytelling that is supposed to leave us feeling cheered up rather than depressed. In other words, lots of light at the end of the tunnel. 2018 is tipped as the year of empathy and kindness! Dare I say ‘Bah, humbug’? Read the rest of this entry »




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