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Ten Top Tips for Beating Writers’ Block

May 12th, 2014

When people talk about writers’ block, I’m always reminded of one of my favourite quotes from author Philip Pullman:

“All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?”

And he’s right! If writing is your career then writers’ block just isn’t an option. If you’re feeling stuck and struggling to put pen to paper, take a look at our ten top tips for beating the block. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing Equipment

May 2nd, 2013

I thought I’d run through what things you really need when you are considering starting a new writing career as we get asked this quite a lot. Read the rest of this entry »




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National Poetry Writing Month

April 2nd, 2013

First, thanks to Angela for last week’s blog.  We’ve had plenty to say about the benefits of joining a Writers’ Group – whether it’s an informal face-to-face group, an online group, or the local arm of a national association (as in Angela’s case).

So, if you feel you need that extra bit of support I’d definitely look around for what is available in your area. Or, if you’re already a Writers Bureau student, don’t forget the support you can get from other students in our forum. Read the rest of this entry »




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Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators

March 22nd, 2013

As the author of Hobbledown, an adventure zoological park in Surrey, I have spent the past year deep in the world of Hobblers, creating magical Potonesia, comprising a battle with Skibblers and learning all about animals! Read the rest of this entry »




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