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Finished writing your novel? Then it’s time to get competitive!

April 23rd, 2014

So, you’ve done the hard part. You’ve finally finished writing your novel and you have a finished manuscript that you can be proud of. You’ve drafted, redrafted, edited and polished until you’re positive it’s the best it can possibly be.

Firstly – well done! You’ve already achieved more than most people do, but why stop there? Read the rest of this entry »




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National Novel Writing Month and being a full-time writer

December 3rd, 2010

I – like many of you probably – have just got to the end of the NaNoWriMo month. The idea is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in the 30 days of November. This year I managed 19,879 words, but that’s a huge success considering that last year I wrote about 244 before I gave up! Read the rest of this entry »




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Effective Time Management for Writers

September 24th, 2010

The winners of the Writers Bureau Poetry and Short Story Competition 2010 have now been announced and their entries are available on the website . If you are reading this and are one of those talented winners – congratulations – you deserve it!

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Where do you get your ideas from?

August 6th, 2010

Elizabeth Ashworth

One of the pleasant things about being a published author is that you are sometimes invited to give a talk at local libraries or book festivals.  I always invite questions and one that is invariably asked is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’

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Can writers make a living from writing short stories?

June 25th, 2010

It’s hot, and although I love summer weather I can’t help feeling it’s largely a waste of time for those of us cooped-up in a city-centre office.  You don’t get to enjoy the benefits and when you go home you have to face the tedium of filling and re-filling a degging can, just to keep those precious plants you bought alive and perky.

But let’s not be negative.  Apparently if you think happy, positive thoughts, your whole life will be happier and more successful – well that’s the theory, anyway!  So let’s be positive, instead.  According to the Press Gazette over a billion consumer magazines were sold in 2009 and sales dropped just 1.3% in the second half of the year – despite the recession.  So, if you’re a writer there’s still a huge market out there for your work.

I suspect the reason for the buoyancy is that magazines are still considered comparatively cheap – a small indulgence that can be justified even when times are hard and finances tight.

If you’re interested in writing fiction you could do worse than check out Fiction Factor where there are hundreds of useful articles on all aspects of the craft and links on book promotions and marketing.

Or, you might like to see what Ty Johnston has to say at Local Misanthropy, his blog on writing.  A recent post considers whether writers really can make a living from writing only short stories.

So, now that we’re all feeling much more up-beat, I’m off to watch England’s third World Cup match, against Slovenia.  But I’m wondering whether I’ll still be feeling as optimistic in a couple of hours’ time!




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